Here’s your chance to win £2,000 toward your crowdfunding campaign to make it happen.

 We are wanting to find the best new street food ideas from women across the UK. Are you ready to turn your pop-up food-truck festival-going chai-making toastie-bus take-away dream into a reality?

If you have a street food idea you want to start, tell us your tasty idea in 100 words or less to be in with a chance to raise money, grow your customer base and unlock a pledge of up to £2,000, sponsored by NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland or Ulster Bank.

Why a street food competition you ask? The competition is part of the Back Her Business programme. With only 17% of the UK’s chef positions held by women, the world of professional food is still dominated by men and seems like a good place to start making some changes.

Why crowdfund to get your street food business off the ground?

The money helps, of course! But through crowdfunding you’ll also learn how to get organised, shout about your new business and build up a crowd of hungry customers.

So what are you waiting for? Enter our Good to go! campaign today. 

How it works

The competition is open to all women in the UK with any new street food business idea. Entries close at 2pm on 26 August 2019.

All eligible entrants will be invited to raise money on with support from our crowdfunding coaches for your best chance at success.

Unlocking up to £2,000

As money is raised from the crowd, a match funding pledge, sponsored by the relevant regional bank, will be unlocked at three milestones:

  • Raise between £500 – £999 from the crowd to unlock a £500 pledge. 
  • Up your crowd support to between £1,000 – £1,999 to up the pledge to £1,000. 
  • And smash your crowdfund by raising £2,000 from the crowd to unlock the full £2,000 total pledge.

Only projects that close having successfully reached their funding target will go on to receive any money. For UK residents with new UK projects. Eligibility, fees, and specific criteria apply.

What is Back Her Business?

Back Her Business is an initiative in partnership with Natwest, Royal Bank, and Ulster Bank. Together we will help you raise money for your business through crowdfunding through free coaching, grants, mentoring, and opportunities to meet like-minded women through networking.

Why is Back Her Business needed?

Did you know that only one in three entrepreneurs in the UK are women? In March 2019, Natwest and HM Treasury published the Rose Review, which found that there were over 1 million fewer female entrepreneurs in the UK than there were men. Funding and capital were cited as the number barrier but in research done by NatWest and YouGov some startling statistics came to light.

It was found that 60% of women failed to start a business due to lack of confidence and belief which can manifest as Imposter Syndrome—a psychological condition where people doubt their ability.

This is why the Back Her Business initiative doesn’t just focus on start-up funding and includes coaching, mentoring, and networking opportunities.