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322 Funders

Help Launch Vegan Sandwich Co Products

By Sam Pearson

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After five years working in communications, I made the decision to leave the corporate world behind and start my own food business, Vegan Sandwich Co - a company with a simple mission to create plant based food without compromise. 

Since our launch, we have been looking to get our products in front of as many people as possible. We have done festivals throughout Summer 2019, Christmas Markets and have two regular weekly markets - Honest2Goodness and Twilight. The feedback has been truly incredible and whether it's a Chick*n Fillet Roll, a Breakfast Muffin or any of our other menu items, it's been so heartwarming to see people coming back to the stall time and time again.

Over the past few months, as part of Food Academy, we have been working behind the scenes to create our first ever retail products. We want everyone to be able to enjoy amazing vegan sandwiches at home so have been preparing to launch retail packs of our Bac*n, Chick*n Pieces and Cheeze. With your help, these will be launching Summer 2020.

What will the funding go towards?
At the moment, every penny we spend has to be a penny we've earned. I didn't come into this business with a lot of funding behind me, but I did come with a huge amount of drive to build a successful vegan business. If this crowdfunding campaign is successful, we will be able to distribute our products to any stores that wish to stock them. We are launching in Dublin this Summer and hope to expand nationwide in 2021.

Primarily, this funding will be spent purchasing a new Vegan Sandwich Co Van which will be used to distribute our retail products and get us to more markets and events.

The van will have a huge impact on the business, increasing our output and allowing us to bring our creative and innovative food to more people right across the country. It will make it possible for us to trial our products in Dublin stores as part of SuperValu Food Academy and attend new festivals this Summer.

Since starting this business, we have tried to get our food in front of as many people as possible and with your help, more and more people will be able to try our food. Our capacity to supply stores is currently limited as we rely on GoCars so this would be a real game-changer for us.

The estimated cost of this is €7,000. The remaining €3,000 will go towards our biodegradable packaging, a new chamber vacuum packing machine and packaging design. If we exceed our target, anything above the target will go towards a food trailer for our events.

What rewards are there?
We have some really exciting rewards to offer anyone who invests through the crowdfund, including market stall giveaways, limited edition merchandise as well as invites to an exclusive dinner event in Honest2Goodness, where we transform our market menu into a full plant-based meal.

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WE MADE IT!!!!!

All,

I can't quite believe I am typing this but we have just passed our goal of €10,000 on our crowdfunding campaign!!!

There aren't words to express how grateful I am to every single one of you that has donated to and shared our campaign. Without you, our business wouldn't have been able to keep going and now we can set to work finalising our retail products and distribution for release this year.

Last week, I was so close to giving up as I didn't think it would be possible to raise the remaining 50% of our goal and thanks to you, we have got there with four days to go!

There are still rewards available for anyone who still wants to be part of the crowdfunding campaign, just make sure all pledges are in by 4pm on Tuesday.

Once the campaign is complete, I will send full details of all rewards and when to expect them. It may take some additional time to get everything together in the midst of this crisis but I will keep you in the loop. Anyone who has signed up for the dinner reward, we will be setting a new date once it is clearer when this will be all over.

Thanks again from the bottom of my heart,

Sam

Less than 20% to go!!

All,

I am truly overwhelmed by the surge in donations over the last two days. I had honestly nearly lost hope that we were going to reach our target and now we have less than 20% left to go to reach our goal. 

From the bottom of my heart, a huge thank you to every single one of you for your kind donations. Running a small business in the midst of a pandemic isn't something I ever thought I'd face and having the support of so many behind us means we can get through this and come out fighting at the other side.

I don't want to become complacent as we still have only five days to raise €2,000 which is no easy feat but with your support, we will get there. If just a quarter of those who have pledged either increase their pledge or find one additional personal to donate, we will surpass our goal.

I am so excited to have you all on this journey with me and can't wait to show you how much of a difference this funding is going to make.


Stay safe,


Sam

Two things you can do to help us reach our goal!

All,

Who could have known how important this crowdfunding campaign could be when we launched. We are unfortunately now closed and if we reach our target we will be able to reopen when this is all over and launch our retail products. If we don't, honestly it will be a struggle for us to get back on our feet.

I'm delighted to say that we have made some really good progress and are nearly halfway towards our goal. Thank you so much to each of you for your donation. That said, there are now just seven days to go so I need your help to reach our target. There are two things you can do to help:

  • For those who can, increasing your pledge would make a huge difference to us. It may not seem like much but if everyone who donated €10 increased their pledge to €25, we would reach our goal almost immediately.
  • For those who cannot increase their pledge, maybe you contact one person in your network who might be able to support us? We are halfway there so if each person got one more person to donate, we would reach our goal.

We are not going to be able to reach our target without your help. By doing one of these things, we can reach our goal and come out of the other side of this stronger than ever.

I am so appreciative of the support you have given so far and can't wait to show you what this support will do for our business.

Stay safe,

Sam

An amazing start, but I need your help to share the campaign!!

Firstly, can I just say thank you SO much to everyone who has donated so far. We are now at 38% of our target and it warms my heart every single time a new donation comes in. We are off to a really good start and I would love if you could share the campaign with anyone and everyone you know to help us get over the line.

 

When I made this campaign, I didn't quite realise how important it would be. It's a very difficult time for us, as it is for all small businesses. Another of our big events has been cancelled next month and I'm struggling to feel confident that festivals are going to go ahead this Summer. Our markets are still going ahead, albeit with significant changes, but the future of these is uncertain.

 

Our dinner event, schuled for June 9th, will unfortunately have to be postponed. I will be contacting all who have chosen this reward level (if the crowdfunding campaign is successful) to advise of the new date once it is set. I am reluctant to set a date until it is clearer how the situation with coronavirus will develop but I will keep you all in the loop.

 

Thanks again for all your support. I can't tell you how lucky I feel to have so many people believe in my little business. Any help you can give to get us further towards our target is so greatly appreciated.

 

Stay safe,

 

Sam

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