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Crowdfunding for Social Good

Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

Monthly Archives: July 2015

EquityNet Profile

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About EquityNet:

EquityNet has operated the largest business crowdfunding platform since 2005. The multi-patented EquityNet platform has been used by over 45,000 individual entrepreneurs and investors, incubators, government entities, and other members of the entrepreneurial community to plan, analyze, and capitalize privately-held businesses. EquityNet provides access to thousands of investors and has helped entrepreneurs across North America raise over $240 million in equity, debt, and royalty-based capital.

Seed Equity Ventures Profile

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About Seed Equity Ventures:

Seed Equity Ventures is a registered broker dealer with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and is a member of both FINRA and SIPC. Seed Equity Ventures provides investment banking services to startups and growth companies from around the world.

We believe the best entrepreneurs in the world should be funded, no matter who they are or where they live.

Investors throughout the world, no matter where they are, should have a voice to choose what the future should look like. They should be able to support entrepreneurs who will build that future.

In contrast, right now, only entrepreneurs in a few select areas who know the right people can be funded and only then if their vision matches the criteria and schedule of certain VC firms or angel investors.

There are a few thousand VCs in the world who control which entrepreneurial ventures live and which die. We believe that power should be given to millions of people throughout the world.

Seed Equity was founded to provide growth equity to entrepreneurs and their startups in exciting industries throughout the world. Whether they are located in San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Bangalore, London, Shanghai or Tel Aviv, Seed Equity’s mission is to help find the best and brightest entrepreneurs and connect them with global investors.

Crowdfunding Platform Billion Applies Bracketology To Social Entrepreneurship

An Ohio State University student is leading a team building a new crowdfunding platform aimed at finding the best ideas for social entrepreneurship to solve global issues such as hunger or delivery of medical supplies.

Billion is set to launch in September at the Columbus Independents’ Day arts festival. Think of it as Indiegogo for funding Ted Talks powered by March Madness.

“There aren’t any crowdfunding sites that support global issues,” said Eileen Guan, founder and CEO. “I feel like Billion is in a category of its own.”

Here’s how it works: On a set day, entrants pitch their idea for solving a global issue – say, clean water or the garbage islands floating in the ocean – and collect votes of $1 each. They are then set up in a bracket-style competition. Every dollar pledged follows the top vote-getter in each head-to-head matchup, so the whole pot flows to the eventual winner.

Billion won’t allow existing nonprofits or social enterprises to pitch, on the thought that true innovation comes from solo entrepreneurs.

“Entrepreneurs are really the only people in the world who aren’t restricted by rules,” she said. “They can make things so much faster.”

Guan won $4,000 with the idea at GiveBackHack, a Columbus business-building competition focused on tackling social issues. She is the chief user experience and front-end designer. Co-founders are software engineer Alex Vargas as chief technology officer and Ray Li as COO.

A business student entering her senior year, Guan wasn’t even interested in startups until winter break, when she started avidly absorbing all she could on the community. Within two months she’d backed out of a corporate job she’d lined up for this summer; instead she’s an intern with a startup at the Rev1 Ventures incubator.

Through Rev1 and the startup community she’s met many successful entrepreneurs who give advice.

“There’s definitely that element of ‘oh that’s so cute.’ They humor me, essentially,” she said.

“I just got an idea and I went out and did it,” she said. “Because I didn’t know the rules, it enabled me to be more successful.”

Indiegogo Profile

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About Indiegogo:

Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from almost every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is an open platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project – creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. Indiegogo was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. In 2014, the company launched Indiegogo Life, a dedicated site that brings the power of Indiegogo to people running fundraisers for medical expenses, emergencies, memorials, celebrations and other life events.

For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com and follow us at www.twitter.com/indiegogo and www.facebook.com/indiegogo.

About Indiegogo Life:

Indiegogo Life is a service that brings the power of Indiegogo to anyone running a personal fundraiser for emergencies, medical expenses, celebrations or other life events.
For more information, visit life.indiegogo.com and follow us at www.twitter.com/indiegogolife and www.facebook.com/indiegogo.

Ride To Give Finds Niche In Crowdfunding Market

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

The crowdfunding world includes so many sites that it is difficult for anyone to keep track of them all. In the long run, it will be important for each one to find a market. Kickstarter dominates the enormous market for creatives. Indiegogo has the platform used by the widest array of sites. GoFundMe, by focusing on helping people in crisis, claims to be the biggest site of them all.

Ride to Give is a crowdfunding site that is organized to help individuals in times of trouble, much like GoFundMe. Ride to Give is carving out a niche in the wake of the crowdfunding giant by partnering crowdfunding with organized cycling events. Since founding two years ago, the nonprofit company has raised over $1.2 million for children and families in crisis.

Founders Kaete and Dave Nazaroff explain, “We are a couple with no fundraising experience who wanted to make a difference in the life of a child. What started as a single ride from NY to GA for one child, turned into a full children’s charity where we prove our slogan which is ‘Give a Little, Change a Lot.” We use crowd-funding to provide a place where our followers can give even just $2 and feel a part of something bigger than themselves, by seeing the benefit to that child.”

Ride to Give is powered by FundRazr, a crowdfunding site reports having helped people raise $67 million.

Hatton says, “The concept of crowdfunding isn’t that new – it’s essentially the next generation form of fundraising elevated by technology. FundRazr’s powerful crowdfunding platform helped Ride To Give raise over $1,000,000 with just two part-time staff. It basically levels the playing field for small to mid size non-profits, who are generally under-resourced, and allows them have an even better connection with their community and a bigger funding impact for their cause.”

On Thursday, July 2, 2015 at noon Eastern, Hatton and the Nazaroffs will join me for a live discussion about their remarkable work. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

More about Ride to Give:

Twitter : @tmridetogive

Ride to Give is a 501c3 (tax ID 46-2952297) non-profit charity that turns athletic ability into fundraising power for families with children who are disabled, injured, or ill. Based in Nyack NY, just outside of NYC, RTG was founded by Kaete Nazaroff and her husband, twelve-time Ironman Dave Nazaroff. In the summer of 2013 Dave completed the first annual “Ride to Give” from Nyack to Atlanta (over 900 solo miles by bicycle) in 5 days to raise awareness and donations for the family of Tripp Halstead, a toddler who suffered a traumatic brain injury in the fall of 2012. Through crowd-funding, since March 2013 Ride to Give has raised over $1,200,000 for 63 families in states throughout the U.S. We raise funds for medical equipment, travel expenses, and out of pocket costs related to having a medically fragile child.

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Dave and Kaete Nazaroff

 

More about the Nazaroffs:

Hailing from Nyack, NY, Dave Nazaroff, 49, is a twelve time Ironman and bicycle shop owner. His wife Kaete 45, is a stay at home mom. Together they founded Ride to Give in the Spring of 2013.

More about FundRazr:

Twitter: @FundRazr

FundRazr is a crowdfunding solution that pairs industry-leading technology and innovative social tools to help people raise money for causes that matter and make a difference in their world. Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, FundRazr enables fundraising for a variety of campaigns including personal causes, entrepreneurial projects and non-profit organizations. Based in Vancouver, Canada, so far FundRazr has helped raise over $67 million for more than 50,000 campaigns around the world.

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Hatton’s bio:

Twitter: @DarylHatton

Daryl Hatton is founder and CEO of FundRazr, an award-wining global crowdfunding platform that enables fundraising for a wide variety of campaigns including personal causes, entrepreneurial projects and non-profit organizations. A serial entrepreneur who loves the challenge of building companies from scratch, Daryl has founded multiple start-ups and helped bring one, Optio Software, to a successful NASDAQ IPO in 1999. Today he serves as board member and advisor to multiple BC and Silicon Valley based start-ups and sits on the board for the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada.

A leader in the burgeoning crowdfunding arena, FundRazr has received recognition as one of Profit Magazine’s Hot 50 fastest growing startups in Canada.

American Pack Supply Assists in the Rescue of Dogs in Need by Selling High-Quality Collars and Tees

For every product purchased, American Pack Supply donates $1 to a rescue fund and alerts customers when a dog is saved in part by their purchase

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/American Pack Supply, the newest lifestyle brand on the block, is raising funds on Kickstarter to deliver quality gear to dogs and their owners, while contributing proceeds to a rescue fund that assists no-kill organizations in their mission to rescue and prepare dogs for adoption. Their goal is to raise a total of $30K within the next 17 days.

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The way American Pack Supply works is by providing dogs and their owners with some of the highest quality dog collars and t-shirts on the market, while setting aside $1 from each purchase to contribute to a rescue fund. Once the fund reaches a certain amount, the money is then used to assist in the rescue of a dog in need. When a dog is rescued with the help of a customer’s purchase, they will receive a photo of their newly rescued friend along with a bio and other information. Featured rescue’s names will be placed on products such as their Pima cotton tees, to remind customers that each purchase helps give a rescue a future.

“We wanted to create a brand that would resonate with dog lovers around the country and make a difference at the same time,” said founder of American Pack Supply Adam Eggers. “Get yourself some quality gear and know that your money is going to a good cause.”

American Pack Supply’s Blue Ridge Collar is made with high-strength textured polyester combined with maximum wash and lightfastness to protect the color from fading after exposure to sun and water. It’s also odor resistant, keeping it smelling fresh longer.

For those who wish to support the cause and sport an American-made product, American Pack Supply offers Pima cotton tees for dog owners in a variety of different colors, designs and sizes. Each tee is made with a midweight Pima cotton fabric, knitted together with cotton sourced along the East Coast.

Backers can purchase an American Pack Supply Pima cotton tee on Kickstarter for $24, or a Blue Ridge collar for $28, and $1 will go towards the rescue of a dog. For $50, backers can get one Blue Ridge collar and one Pima cotton tee with free shipping. For more information about American Pack Supply or to contribute to the cause, visit http://bit.ly/AmericanPackSupplyKS.

ABOUT AMERICAN PACK SUPPLY

American Pack Supply delivers casual apparel for you, provides quality gear for your dog, and uses the proceeds to fund the rescue of dogs, all under one great brand. American Pack Supply is redefining the way products are brought to pet owners while combining efforts to provide dogs with loving homes. For more information, visit www.americanpacksupply.com.

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