The first SEED (Supporting Entrepreneurship in Education) event, hosted by PhillyCORE Leaders, transformed PhilaSoup from a start-up grassroots group gaining roots to a formalized nonprofit back in 2012.
When PhilaSoup was founded in the fall of 2011 by two sisters, Claire and Nikka Landau, along with their friend, Jason Tucker, their first dinners had 20-30 educators. By winter of 2012, Veronika Paluch and Elaine Leigh (PhilaSoup’s current co-presidents) became lead organizers, and things really took off. The group realized that they needed 501 (c) 3 non-profit status to gain additional funds to purchase the essentials for a good PhilaSoup.
In the spring of 2012, PhilaSoup got news of the first SEED, a crowd-funded and -sourced event for the local education community, which is also based on the international Sunday soup model. We decked out our table and even wore our PhilaSoup presenter sashes during their pitch. The main message was: “PhilaSoup believes that Philadelphia’s greatest education entrepreneurs are its teachers.”
When PhilaSoup won the “Emerging Entrepreneur” category, securing a pivotal $5,000 for our organization, we could never have predicted its impact. PhilaSoup has raised over $8,500 for Philadelphia teachers, consistently hosts dinners of 60 or more educators, and has almost tripled its Board capacity.
We owe a lot to SEED. Last year, PhilaSoup Co-Founder Claire Landau and Philadelphia teacher Kathleen Melville, presented a new project at SEED 2.0, Teachers Lead Philly. For a second consecutive year, a Philadelphia organization focused on teachers won!
This year, SEED 3.0 will have two categories- one for education entrepreneurs and one for teachers. Individual teachers and groups of teachers who have an innovative project to help their school or community will be able to apply for up to $2,500 in grant funding.
Take a moment and think about how to make your good idea a reality. Applications are due Monday, September 29th at 10 pm, and the finalists will be notified on Monday, October 7th. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 16th at City Hall.
SEED 3.0 - Application for Teachers & Teacher Groups
SEED 3.0 - Tickets