Past SOUPs

SOUP #1: April 2019

@ North Star Church of the Arts

Winner - Nick Levy

(College Heights Community Initiative)

Won $ Micro-grant

The specific goal of the Community Initiative is to build partnerships with residents, organizations, and existing projects in the neighborhood. In particular it hopes to engage current North Carolina Central students in building out this digital resource, showcasing their range of talents in a locally-rooted effort. OpenDurham.org is honored by the support of Durham’s first community-funded SOUP dinner microgrant, and excited to apply the money raised to work on its College Heights Community Initiative in the historic neighborhood around North Carolina Central University. One matching grant has already been secured – doubling the impact of the SOUP funds. Our plan is to use these resources to create a paid internship for a current NCCU student with the skills and interests to push the project forward in creative ways.

Whitney Robinson

(The Renée)

The Renée is a movement to equip womne of color with the tools they need to have the pregnancies/births they deserve. We are constantly hearing about the negative, and seldom feel we have the tools to make change happen. The Renee provides space in the form of a jam session (hackathon) for 5-7 women of color to creatively problem solve the maternal crisis.

Quinci King

(Audacity Labs)

The Triangle Region's growth, while helping position the region on the global innovation map, has not been equally distributed across the triangle’s citizens. Approximately 22% of Durham County’s children live in poverty, despite a vigorous regional economy. Audacity Labs is a program designed to democratize entrepreneurship by empowering local 9-12th graders with tools and modern skills in coding and entrepreneurial thinking.

Ansar Footman

(Affordable Freedom Project)

City Builders and Developers LLC goal is to build affordable single family 3 bedroom 2.5 bath housing under $250,000 in and that allows working class citizens the oppertunity to enjoy life as homeowners. Not only is there opportunity to grow as a business, but there is also opportunity to help families from the community of Durham get one step closer toward financial freedom.

April 2019 Donors: Ninth Street Bakery, Toast, & Geer Street Garden

SOUP #2: November 2019

@ ReCity

Winner - Jason Johnson

(The HUBB)

Won $800 Micro-grant

We provide all services to run a successful culinary business at one location.

Jessica Featherson

(The Rare Feather)

The Rare Feather is committed to providing those in need of a 2nd chance, the employment they need to start their journey. We choose to provide our employees with compassion as oppose to judgment.

Kezia Kate Goodwin

(Kate's Korner Drop-IN Childcare)

Durham's Downtown Childcare Solution

Deborah Watkins

(Toss 'N Wash)

Manufacture, market, and sell the patented laundry product, the Toss ‘N Wash

November 2019 Donors: Alpaca, Southern Harvest Catering,

Toast, Nolia: Family + Coffee, & Ninth Street Bakery

SOUP #3: November 2020

Virtual Event

Winner - Elyssia Fisher

(Bull City Replay)

Won $1,215 Micro-grant

Bull City Replay is a company that sells and donates used athletic equipment and apparel to students in need.

Oni Bey

(Nu School of Life)

Received $200 Grant

A mobile library of books and school supplies for low-income POC and homeschool families

Kristin Ellison

(Smarter than Medicine)

Received $200 Grant

A nutrition education business for the mind, body, and soul

Fidel Henriquez &

Ada Wong (Dishin)

Received $200 Grant

A mobile application that connects home cooks with the local community for authentic, homemade meals.

November 2020 Donors: NC Idea, The Honeysuckle at Lakewood,

Clouds Brewing, Ninth Street Bakery, Saints & Scholars

SOUP #4: March 2021

Virtual Event

Winner - Erim Akpan

(Virtual Escape Rooms)

Won $2,500 Micro-grant

An hour as a secret agent saving the world, an explorer hunting lost treasure, or rescuers tracking a lost group of travelers in the Artic tundra. After taking home the grand prize at SOUP, Erim won a ticket to a course in UNC Scale's School and a 3-month coworking membership at the American Underground.

Charryse Frederick

(Rope Skillz)

A mobile library of books and school supplies for low-income POC and homeschool families

Lauren Sheridan

(Henrith Homestead)

A nutrition education business for the mind, body, and soul

Antoinetta Mosley

(I Follow the Leader, LLC)

A mobile application that connects home cooks with the local community for authentic, homemade meals.

March 2021 Donors: NC Idea, Cucciolo Osteria Durham, Hi-Wire Brewing, Monuts,

Quickly Tea House, Durham Co-Op Market, Ninth Street Bakery, & Makos Empanadas