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How to start a food venture

Escape the City - The Escape School

Monday, September 3, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

How to start a food venture

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Interested in starting something food related? We've got a really exciting event with some special guests who have escaped the city to start food ventures. 

Frank worked for Goldman Sachs and Nick worked for KPMG then Innocent. Having met at uni, the two friends then set up Poncho no. 8. You can read about how they escaped the "golden handcuffs" here and another interview with them here. Poncho no. 8 now has a turnover of over half a million pounds per annum and employs twelve staff.

Kelvin started up FoodCycle, which combines surplus food and a free kitchen space to create nutritious meals and positive social change. We all know how much food is wasted in the food retail industry, and we also know how many people can't afford to put a meal on the table. You can read his hero profile here

Sharon and Eliza, after leading successful careers in strategy, marketing and advertising for some of the world's biggest financial brands, are escaping the corporate life -  to reinvent the corporate lunch. "Aunty Junes" is a new Asian street-food experience catering to the changing habits of the traditional British office lunchtime consumer. But first they interviewed the experts! In September they'll share top tips from interviews with those who have bravely gone before, including the ex-Ottolenghi team behind Honey & Co, Lisa from Yum Buns, The Modern Pantry and more.

This is your chance to ask all you've ever wanted about starting a food business.

5 reasons to come...

We'll be asking the panel the following questions:

  1. What was the biggest challenge about starting a food venture and how did you overcome it? 
  2. How did you finance the venture?
  3. Which service providers did you use - lawyers, accountants, web designers?
  4. If someone wants to plan a food escape but isn't sure where to start, what can they do?
  5. Where do you go for inspiration and advice?

The focus will be on sharing relevant, insightful, practical tips.

Please join us:

We will be meeting at Adam Street Members Club – on the evening of 3rd September.

Our speakers will be answering questions from Escape the City before we open it up to the room for a Q&A. The bar will open at 19.00 and the talk will start at 19.30 and go on for about an hour. Please come early to join us for a drink and a chat.

Send me your questions before August 20th ( and we can make sure they're covered on the evening.

Who is hosting this evening?

This evening run by Adele Barlow (Community Manager at Escape the City). You can say hi to her on Twitter: @adelebarlow or @escthecity. If you have any questions regarding this evening please email her directly at

This event is kindly hosted by Adam Street Club, who would like to invite all Esc members to check out both their full and evening membership options at the club. Adam Street is hidden in 18th century vaults under the Strand and is a private members’ club aimed at both entrepreneurs and freelancers as a central base for work and play, members can relax, work, hangout, entertain, hide, impress, eat great food and drink excellent wine and cocktails, surrounded by like-minded souls. If you would like to know more about membership, please email Ellie, the Membership Manager, at

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When & Where

9 Adam Street
The Strand
WC2N 6AA London
United Kingdom

Monday, September 3, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Escape the City is a global community of +190,000 talented corporate professionals making brave career transitions and starting businesses. The Escape School is Escape the City's education arm.

We are proud to bring you The Escape School in partnership with Crowdcube. Crowdcube are the world's leading investment crowdfunding platform and they are revolutionising the investment industry by providing new ways for startup, early stage and growth businesses to raise capital. Find out more at

What is The Escape School about?

It's not about opting out. It's about ambitious, talented people spending their careers doing work that matters; to them and to the world. We produce a wide range of talks, events and courses to educate, empower and connect our members for career changes, entrepreneurialism and adventure.

We have built the Escape School to teach what we wish we’d learnt back in 2009 when we were commuting to our corporate jobs, wondering how to drive our career in directions that matter to us.

Rob, Dom & Mikey - Esc Founders
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