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We want to help you turn it into a thriving business.

We've teamed up with Mercato Metropolitano and Hatch in Southwark to launch a competition for female foodies who want to become entrepreneurs.


The winner will get the chance to test their idea for three months at Mercato Metropolitano’s -  a busy and vibrant community market (seen above) which has an average of 15,000- 20,000 visitors per week. They will also be mentored and be given financial assistance.

If you do want to enter the competition, your idea will need to chime with Mercato’s passionate ethos to support sustainability and the local community while providing good,natural and local produce. Their founder, Andrea Rasca, says: “I am proud to be sponsoring and curating the competition for Female Food Entrepreneurs as we need more female business owners, to bring about the change that we are pursuing.

While Dirk Bischof, CEO of Hatch Enterprise, a leading community enterprise charity which is also supporting this initiative, said: "We continue to support women in turning their passions into sustainable businesses and are excited to be working with female founders through this competition and to help them grow their venture.”

How to enter

Complete this entry form for a chance to win the opportunity to operate a shack for three months at Mercato Metropolitano. Competition closes Friday 25th May at 6pm

The prize

  • Up to £1,000 capital start-up costs
  • No setup fee at MM (value c.£5000)
  • No minimum sales level
  • No monthly administration fee value (c. £250 per month)
  • A reduced commission fee on sales (Month 1-10 per cent, Month 2 and 3 – 15 per cent)
  • Use of the shack between July and September 2018

Mentoring from Mercato Metropolitano

  • Food quality
  • Customer service
  • Sustainability
  • Product sourcing
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Onboarding process and operations

Mentoring from Hatch Enterprises

  • Three hours of mentoring/ month for up to 3 months
  • Three hours of financial coaching/ per month for up to 3 months
  • Access to Hatch’s co-working space in Elephant & Castle (East Street) for 1 day per week