As you can see from the image above, the last founders dinner was at Shoreditch House. Although a little last minute this time we’ve gone a little bigger and booked the Tapestry room @ the NED on 6th September.
For those who weren’t about for the last founders dinner here is an overview. In a nutshell, its a meal with lots of startup founders. The difference this time is that we’re inviting a few extras as an experiment – this might be a one off.
We move everyone around after each course, so no one at the table gets stuck next to me… No presentations, No speeches, No name badges!
There will be circa 100 founders, CEOs and directors (edit 4th Sept: 119 places taken).
It’ll be a 3 course meal with half a bottle of wine each (The NED is really nice, but not as cheap as Greggs, I only mention this as we’re subsidising costs by quite a bit, and overall it’s costing us a wedge). No dramas if you need extra drinks or want a specific cocktail as they can be individually paid for on the evening. I’d love to cover the complete bar tab, but we’re a bootstrapping startup and would rather not go bust.
So I hope you understand we’d really like people to contribute if they want to attend. Below is what we are suggesting. If you’d like to come but can’t afford it, just let me know as I want to help people if they need support.
£35 for members of the Ministry (This includes friends of and our Alumni, we love you even if you left!).
£55 for Startup founders outside of the Ministry community & Directors of local / national government.
c£225-£350 for FTSE CEOs / Equivalent private company directors etc. You might get to see first-hand who is disrupting your industry. Maybe it’s therefore ok to list this as a “consultancy cost” in the accounts. Contributing £225 helps make it affordable for the startup founders, however we’d obviously prefer for you to join us for dinner than not, so let us know what you think is fair.
Yes I know I should find a sponsor, but that takes valuable time that I wish I had more of. However if you know anyone who would be interested then please intro… The no presentations and no speeches rule will still apply. No ifs, no buts. we’ve all been to loads of those types of events and I’d rather not yawn!