Our First Event – Introducing London Free From!

London Free From first meetup

Well, it’s been a tiring but exhilarating week here at Eat Safe! This month we teamed up with our fellow Free From entrepreneur, Margarita from the Free From Festival, to put together a meet up & event team called London Free From. Our aim? To bring the supportive and collaborative nature of the tech startup world to the free from, vegan and health food industries! And we started off with an ambitious first event, a Meetup with Renée Elliott, the Founder of Planet Organic.

With over 70 tickets up for grabs, we never thought we’d sell out, but we did – much to our delight (and slight concern as the venue could only really hold 70!!) The registered guests included bloggers, restaurant owners, entrepreneurs, nutritionists, and representatives from Free From organisations and allergy charities.

  

The event kicked off with networking, drinks and far too much food! We had a brilliant turnout of about 50 amazing people, and we loved introducing ourselves and our new initiative, and showing some of our guests the newest prototype of the Eat Safe app.

    

We were also lucky enough to be sponsored for the event by some FABULOUS suppliers; Celia (gluten free lager), Foodease (low carb cookies, crackers & granola), The Red Beetle (Italian product importers), Troo Granola (GF, low sugar granola), Pep & Lekker (homemade sugar free soup), Donna Rita (gluten free cheese snacks), Vive (GF protein bars) and Ape Snacks (coconut snacks)!

    

Then came the talk from Renée. What can we say about that? I could go on forever. Anyone who joined us at the event will know how special her words were – a true inspiration, she had the room’s rapt attention & laughter. With an overview of her life and work building Planet Organic, we can definitely see why she now has launched a life and business skill academy (www.belugabean.com, check it out!) to pass on her wisdom on a daily basis.

After encouraging everyone to join our new Facebook group for the Free From Industry (get involved!) it was time for more networking and drinks, and getting to know our guests. We were delighted that most people stayed until kickout time and beyond – it was wonderful to see so many new faces, as well as familiar friends.

  

Overall, despite the hard work & last minute time frame, the event seemed to be a great success, and it was clear that our suspicions were correct about this sector – we need more networking and get-togethers! So please join us for our next one – date TBC, but early October is on the cards. Sign up to the Facebook group to get all the details!

Thanks for reading and lots of love,

The Eat Safe Team x

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