Citizen-led Economic Change for Frome

Thursday 15th October 2020. 7-9pm. The Cheese & Grain, Frome

What if…our entire community could get together to support local, social, sustainable entrepreneurial projects? What if we could build an entire ecosystem of support around the types of initiatives we want to see flourish in our town?

Join us for an evening of connection, celebration and solidarity. We’ll come together to “invest” in local start-ups or enterprises that need our help to grow.

Entrepreneurs need all kinds of support. Financial capital is important, but so are other forms of support, from skills, networks and workspace, to child care. Join us to play your part in creating even more of the kind of town we want to live in!

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We all have a stake in our local economy. We can be all be investors too

Entrepreneurs supported by the community do better. The local economy does better too.

Everyone has a say and a part to play in the kind of economy they want to see in Frome and the world.

You can, of course, invest money, but also your time, resources, skills, enthusiasm, and any other kind of support!


7-9pm on Thursday 15th October at The Cheese & Grain, Frome

Tickets are free, but please do book.

(This will be a shorter, snappier event than last year – pitches, pledges and possible post-drinks! We won’t be providing food but the bar will be open throughout).

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We are seeking 4 entrepreneurs to pitch their projects to our local community. This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of your venture, as well as to gain financial and or/non-financial investment and support. Our criteria for choosing ventures to pitch:

  • enterprise is ethical, sustainable and appropriately local
  • enterprise helps address our local response to the climate emergency
  • demonstrates competence through business plan and/or track record
  • business model does not rely on donations or grant funding
  • ‘investment’ required would allow venture to ‘get to the next level’ – investment could be financial and/or non-financial
  • contributes to the long-term resilience of the community
  • one slot is reserved for a youth-led enterprise

If you would like to pitch, please email a short summary of your start-up idea / enterprise to Lisa Hawes, Business Development Lead at Edventure [email protected]

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Not Sure? Keen to Explore?

use our support, guidance and tools

If you’re not sure about pitching at the LEF but would like to explore making your idea reality, please feel free to use our incubation tools. They’re designed to stimulate, inspire, and support you as you develop your business concept. They’re free to Somerset residents thanks to funding from Somerset Skills & Learning.


Edventure Short Courses

Building community enterprise skills and effective collaboration.

Edventure Start-Up Tools

The 4 pillars of our flagship Start-Up Course as separate, real-time workshops.

TIMELINES to pitch at the lef

Mon 1 Sep: Deadline for written applications

w/c 7 Sep: Shortlisted projects meet with the panel

Fri 11 Sep: Final pitchers announced 

Thu 15 Oct: LEF!

Please do not wait until the application deadline to apply. If you can send us your concept early, we can provide you with feedback and provide business mentoring through our partners.

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Local Entrepreneurs Forums are part of a global grassroots movement seeking to strengthen our resilience to today’s challenges, and develop a movement for something better.

The LEF is hosted by Edventure: Frome. It is co-funded by Mendip District Council & Frome Chamber of Commerce, with support from Frome Town Council and The REconomy Network.


What do you mean by financial / non-financial investment?

Non-financial investment could include providing time, networking help, workspace, and other goods or services – either voluntary or in return for goods or other exchanges.

Financial investment could include offering a loan or money in return for equity – investors can pledge their support at the meeting, and will then follow up afterwards to arrange their own terms and conduct their own due diligence.

Is there an age limit for the event? Do I need ID?

No age limit for the event, and no ID required! Just please remember that alcohol will only be sold to those over 18.

What should I bring with me to the event? What should I *not* bring?

Please do bring your sense of community, the will to make things better by creating a Community Supported Local Economy, offers of spare cash, expertise, skills, time, support, hugs… Oh, and your friends! We’d love to see them all there. You may not bring saboteurs, cynics, or drugs.

What if I have more questions and want to talk to someone?

Please feel free to email us at [email protected] or call on 07548 014066

I can’t come anymore. Is my ticket transferrable?

Yes – simply email us and tell us who’s coming instead of you.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No need! We will have a list of names we will be ticking off and possibly stamping your hand too.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

Not really – we’d prefer you to let us know if someone else is going to use your ticket. We will ask for names and contact details on the door.