Union of Genius: because we all need soup

A project in Edinburgh, United Kingdom by Elaine Mason

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Help us set up a commercial kitchen to bring our hand-made soups to cafés across Edinburgh.
Backers: 283
Average Pledge Per Backer: £73

Funded: £20,650 of £10,000
Dates: Jan 18th -> Feb 17th (30 days)
Project By: Elaine Mason
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Latest News

Union of Genius #SoupStarter: ‘Great soup is a lot more than the sum of its parts’

June 5th - via:
If you’ve ever walked past or even stopped in at the tiny Union of Genius café on Forrest Road for a bowl of their sumptuous soup, you probably had no idea what was going on behind the scenes. (Read More)

Leith firms turn to 'ethical crowdfunders' for growth cash.

June 4th - via:
Two Leith-based firms have given their crowd-funders an ethical slant to help them raise they cash they need to grow. (Read More)

Help to back a soup-er Kickstarter for Union of Genius

May 25th - via:
We always need more soup. Two years ago Slaine backed a #kickstarter project for Union of Genius. Now they're back with new plans. (Read More)

Week 1 survived

April 8th - via:
It's all go here at the soup mines. We just survived our first week cooking in the kickstarter funded kitchen. It's been a massive learning curve. Elaine's become queen of the chopping machine and Cheryl has become a soup-making octopus. She had 8... (Read More)

The soupons are on their way

April 1st - via:
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Soupporters list

March 25th - via:
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Emerging from the soupmines

March 20th - via:
It feels like ages since we’ve had a chance to post an update (probably because it is, ed.) so we’ve got plenty to talk about it. Construction of the kitchen has been going great guns. Today the plumbing ought to be finished and tomorrow the... (Read More)

Rewards progress

March 3rd - via:
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when a plan comes together

February 26th - via:
Hello soup chums, quite a few developments today. Kickstarter relased the final backers list to us which means we can start making progress on your rewards. Over the next few days you'll be getting a kickstarter survey from us to make sure we have... (Read More)

First reward fulfilled.

February 21st - via:
Hi folks, as promised we have fulfilled our first reward - the soup fashionista. Thanks to Hot Head, we now have the world's most colourful soupmonger. This is what happens when you cross a cockatoo with a cock-a-leekie. Check out Hot Head on Yelp... (Read More)

Thanks from the soup mines

February 20th - via:
It feels like there's a huge hole in our lives around here now that we're no longer posting updates everyday. Just so you know that we haven't forgotten you, here's a thank you from the only soup that has been on the menu every day since we opened:... (Read More)

The Final Countdown is over

February 17th - via:
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Baby clanger speaks

February 17th - via:
It's the last afternoon. We have two more stretch goals left to hit and the Kickstarter ends at 6:25pm GMT. It's not going to be easy. All we can say is don't let the chicken drink your soup. Now we're into the last few hours, some of the limited... (Read More)

Soup cafe joins £15bn ‘crowd-funding’ revolution

February 10th - via:
TOO many cooks may spoil the broth, but the owner of an Edinburgh soup cafe hopes to get enough people on board to help fund its expansion plans as it becomes the latest firm to join the £15 billion “crowd-funding” revolution. (Read More)

Kickstart a Soup Kitchen

February 5th - via:
EDINBURGH, UK -- Elaine Mason had a dream to set up a café selling soup whilst working as a geologist. Threats of redundancy focused her ideas and as any budding entrepreneur should, she did her homework. She offered soup to her husband’s colleagues over a 10-week period free of charge in return for their comments on her soup recipes. She quickly found that they loved the soup and in particular the more unusual flavours. She knew she’d got her recipes correct. (Read More)

Union of Genius – Kickstarter

January 27th - via:
Both MJ and I are great fans of Union of Genius, the soup cafe on Forrest Road. Union of Genius soup Open since October 2011, their excellent array of soups has been delighting Edinburgh punters since then, in no small measure. Their soup is part of that rare club, the Soupquest “exceptionals”. As you may have heard across social media, recently, they’re in the midst of a Kickstarter drive, with the aim of funding a new commercial kitchen to bring soup to more people across Edinburgh. (Read More)

Edinburgh Business and Economy Magazine

January 25th - via:
Edinburgh -- Scotland’s first soup café, Union of Genius, is looking to raise £10,000 from ‘crowd funding’ to open a commercial kitchen at its Edinburgh base. Owner Elaine Mason tells us more… (Read More)

Union of Genius Kickstart the year with souperb expansion plans

January 23rd - via:
Scotland’s first soup café, Union of Genius, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help the café set up a commercial kitchen in the City. Opening in October 2011 on Forrest Road, the café aimed to make the best soup in Edinburgh using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients focussing on being environmentally friendly. (Read More)

Edinburgh's Union of Genius turn to Kickstarter

January 23rd - via:
You can back this local Edinburgh company by promising just £5 (if they’re successful) in return for a mention or £10 that and some soup. It’s perhaps a little bit of a shame all they offer is soup at the lower levels. I get that’s what they do but they could have thrown in some t-shirts sooner, made profit on those and ended up with a small army of local advertisers wearing their brand. (Read More)

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