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CrowdIt Offers First 64 Submitted Crowdfunding Projects Complimentary Publicity

13 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

CrowdIt announced that it will provide free media exposure to the first 64 crowdfunding projects that are submitted to its site by June 1.  As an extra incentive to Dreamers interested in promoting their next big idea, CrowdIt will offer exposure by including a description of and a link to their project in a series of upcoming news announcements that will be distributed nationally, across the web and to targeted journalists across the country. Projects must be fully submitted in order to receive the no-charge publicity.

CrowdIt Offers Crowdfunding Projects Complimentary Publicity

CrowdIt Offers Crowdfunding Projects Complimentary Publicity

“CrowdIt is all about helping people bring their ideas to fruition,” said Jason Graf , co-founder and CEO. “Small business is the lifeblood of our economy and whatever we can do to support the creation and nurturing of projects and ideas can help turn them into thriving entities for future job creation and economic stimulation.”

Graf says the reason they selected the first “64” projects is because it mirrors the number of CrowdIt’s official launch date, June 4 (6/4). CrowdIt already has more than 200 people signed up on its site and is well underway in receiving submitted projects – all of which will have the same opportunity for added exposure.

“We are more than mid-way in reaching our goal for submitted projects and want to provide support to those Dreamers who believe in the power of the crowd and what a virtual incubator, like CrowdIt, can offer,” he said.

To learn more about the Crowdfunding industry and startup local Crowdfunding community outreach programs, please join our free American Crowdfunding Center on LinkedIn.com or Meetup.com and don’t forget to follow us onTwitter. Both social media sites allow platform owners and crowdfunding campaign managers to post their news and press releases into the discussion forums. This will help us find new and exciting crowdfunding stories to cover.  We are currently covering crowdfunding topics such as Business Services,Cities/CommunitiesCrowdfunding PlatformsEducation,Film/Music/EntertainmentGames/VideosSocial GoodSolar andSoftware/Hardware Technology Gadget crowdfunding PR campaigns.

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CrowdIt Unveils Crowdfunding Platform to Finance America’s Dreams

2 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

CrowdIt, the crowdfunding site that helps American’s finance the “American Dream,” announced early crowdfunding projects submitted to its site are now available for public preview through its new “Project Carousel” at www.crowdit.com.   CrowdIt will continue to populate the carousel with additional projects leading up to the official launch of funding activity on June 4.

CrowdIt acts as a “virtual incubator” and represents a new approach to crowdfunding by including peer-review feedback, mentoring and business networking as part of its offering. As part of its launch, CrowdIt will contribute $10,000 to the project that reaches the highest amount of funding by Aug. 18, 2013.

“CrowdIt has garnered the attention of entrepreneurs and startup communities that are looking for more than just funding support, and it shows in the type of projects being loaded into the site for launch on June 4,” said Jason Graf, co-founder and CEO of CrowdIt. “Every day we see more exciting projects come in and we can’t wait for the projects to go live so dreamers can move to the next step in their journey to success.”

Examples of projects being submitted to CrowdIt include:

  • EZ Learn Stencil Tablet – patent-pending technology helps children in math, reading and literacy skills by helping them to trace and recognize letters, numbers, words, shapes and colors.
  • Chalam – this songwriter from India who survived the great 2004 tsunami wants to record and make her music available for the world to hear.
  • Imagine IPD – this clean energy startup has a mission to implement its technology to introduce a new and innovative clean energy alternative to decrease the dependence on fossil fuels and reduce carbon footprints.
  • Chic Furniture on a Budget – this Tampa Fla. startup helps those on a tight budget find, restore and furnish their home or apartment through well-proven techniques.
  • Simply Sinful Lingerie Parties – After more than 20 years in retail and direct sales, this Dreamer wants to incorporate a love for sales and creativity to offer unique and fun products to the world.

CrowdIt’s vision is that crowdfunding needs to extend beyond the funding event – exemplified in its tagline, “Don’t Just Dream It: CrowdIt!” Its website is architected to offer a new crowdfunding experience and to optimize the crowd in all facets of the site – from project evaluation and acceptance to peer review and networking.

The CrowdIt site includes:

  • Flexible Funding – CrowdIt offers Dreamers the flexibility to fund either “all” or “partial” projects based upon the unique needs of the campaign.
  • Networking – CrowdIt incorporates social networking into its site to encourage mentoring and business-to-business networking.
  • Peer Review – CrowdIt believes in the “power of the crowd” to provide feedback for project proposals, ideas and strategies presented by Dreamers.
  • Interactivity – CrowdIt is a highly social, interactive and collaborative community site that provides an engaging experience for all who visit and participate in it.
  • Crowd Power – unlike other crowdfunding sites, CrowdIt is designed to empower the community to drive decisions concerning project review and acceptance, feedback and advice, and input for future features to improve the site.

CrowdIt is now accepting crowdfunding projects and projects will go live on the site June 4, 2013. The company is contributing $10,000 to the project that reaches the highest amount of funding by Aug. 18, 2013, 75 days after the go-live date.

Based in America’s heartland of Springfield, MO, CrowdIt is the crowdfunding site for believers of the New American Dream. Its crowdfunding site goes beyond just funding great ideas, but focuses on supporting success through peer and expert advisory support, business networking and sharing of best practices and knowledge. CrowdIt’s belief is that crowdfunding will help drive the next wave in innovation and economic expansion, and underpins its mission to support small business growth.

CrowdIt CEO Graf Pitches Crowdfunding to Springfield Chamber of Commerce 2013 Small Business Council

23 Mar

By Robert Hoskins

CrowdIt CEO Presents to the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council

CrowdIt CEO Presents to the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council

Who: Jason Graf
Co-Founder and CEO
CrowdIt
Graf is the CEO and founder of CrowdIt. He has received multiple business awards, including the Springfield Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” (2012) and Go Magazine’s “20 Under 30” (2006). Graf’s passion for business, marketing, planning and financing has helped other business owners through his position as a business intermediary with Murphy Business and Financial Corporation. His career includes finance, beginning in 2000 as a loan officer and later becoming a branch manager at Primary Residential Mortgage. In 2004 he founded Graf Financial Services and Paragon Global, where he served as CEO, owner and manager for three years.
What: The JOBS Act and Crowdfunding:  What is it and How Can I Use it to Acquire Capital Today?
A simple definition of crowdfunding is fundraising through large amounts of people giving small amounts of money. Crowdfunding as a means of acquiring capital, is a growing trend and is expected to become a $300 billion market. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was signed by President Barack Obama on April 5, 2012. The law modifies certain requirements new public companies must abide by and the length of time companies have to comply. The JOBS Act addresses, among other items, the number of shareholders a company may have, exempts companies from registering public offerings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and relieves “emerging growth companies” from certain regulatory requirements. In this presentation, Graf will explain crowdfunding, the JOBS Act, and how entrepreneurs can position themselves to provide ancillary services in this emerging marketplace.
When: Wed., April 3, 2013 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CDT)
Where Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
202 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield MO. 65806

Click here to register

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