Stephanie Gottesman, creator of the podcast called Women are Fort Wayne, was voted winner of Fort Wayne’s SOUP’s May 2 event.
The nonprofit group, SOUP — using an acronym that stands for socializing, organizing, uniting people — collects $5 from everyone attending its quarterly micro-grant dinners and invites the diners to vote on their favorite of four or five funding pitches they hear from startup businesses or nonprofits.
The presenter with the most votes receives the money at the door, as well as matching sponsorship dollars. Presenters have 4 minutes to make a pitch and an additional 4 minutes to answer audience questions about their startups.
To date, Fort Wayne SOUP has donated over $9,936 to a variety of community projects.
At the May 2 event, more than 50 people attended Fort Wayne SOUP to listen to four presenters pitch ideas.
Women are Fort Wayne is a podcast series that highlights the accomplishments of the women in Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. The content focuses on social issues affecting women that are both current as well as inspiring.
Gottesman is a recent transplant to Fort Wayne and is interested in documenting the projects and the women she is discovering in her new home. She plans to use the funds awarded by Fort Wayne SOUP to buy high quality recording equipment and to put towards studio rental time.
Future events for 2019 are scheduled on July 25 and September 12 at The Summit, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd, Fort Wayne.