Looking for a quiet, friendly place to set up your laptop for some quality work time? Or develop your great new enterprise? Or just escape the distractions of your kitchen table, aka ‘home office’?
The REconomy Centre offers practical, affordable space and a chance to meet, share and hang out with people who are working on interesting projects, just like you. Think of the REconomy Centre as a drop-in workspace and a supportive, nurturing incubator for start-up enterprises and community projects.
We’re also the home of the Totnes REconomy Project, the Local Entrepreneur Forum, and a host of other programmes aiming to support a strong, resilient and equitable local economy.
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Local Entrepreneur Forum
Now in it’s 9th big year in Totnes, the Local Entrepreneur Forum is a powerful catalyst for a vibrant, bustling, and abundant new economy in the Totnes area. Just what we need now! Every year, we bring the community together – entrepreneurs, investors, and other change makers together to learn from each other, form new relationships, and begin enterprising collaborations. Social, sustainable, regenerative, resilient, innovative – new enterprises creating meaningful livelihoods and contributing to the community in positive ways. This is the beating heart of what we call ‘community supported entrepreneurism’.
Everyone has a stake in their local economy and everyone can be an investor, too. Entrepreneurs need all kinds of support. Financial capital is important, but so are other forms of support, from expert mentoring to child care. Entrepreneurs supported by the community do better. The economy does better, too. It’s part of what make this place a nice place to live and raise a family.
Community of Dragons
Each year, we have slots for 4 or 5 entrepreneurs to pitch their projects to the Community of Dragons. This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of your venture, as well as to gain financial and or/non-financial investment and support. Our criteria for choosing which ventures pitch:
- enterprise is ethical, sustainable and appropriately local
- demonstrates competence through business plan and/or track record
- business model does not rely on donations or grant funding
- ‘investment’ required would allow venture to ‘get to the next level’ – investment could be financial and/or non-financial.
- ideally would operate in one or more of the sectors identified in the Local Economic Blueprint – food, renewable energy, housing, health & care
- contributes to the long-term resilience of the community
- one slot is reserved for a youth-led enterprise.
Whether projects get to pitch or don’t, the LEF is designed so that everyone benefits.
Before the show started at the 9th Local Entrepreneur Forum at The Glade, Dartington (Photo: Grant Sherman)