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OnFarm, an AgTech Big Data Company, Raises $800K on AgFunder, the First Equity Crowdfunding Platform for Agriculture and Farming

14 Apr

This raise not only provides capital for OnFarm’s growth as a farm data management system, but also establishes AgFunder as a disruptive capital provider in the agriculture and agtech space

By Robert Hoskins

Fresno, CAOnFarm, an agriculture technology (agtech) company that is part of a growing wave of new technologies that are  revolutionizing the farming industry, and AgFunder, an online equity crowdfunding platform for agriculture and agtech opportunities, announce the successful close of OnFarm’s $800,000 equity crowdfunding raise. The raise, which closed at the top of its range, is AgFunder’s first crowdfunding campaign, and will help OnFarm expand its distributor network.

AgFunder, a New York and San Francisco-based online equity crowdfunding platform for agriculture and agtech opportunities,

AgFunder, a New York and San Francisco-based online equity crowdfunding platform for agriculture and agtech opportunities,

Lance Donny, CEO of OnFarm said, “This has been a great opportunity to demonstrate the strength of investor interest in the OnFarm platform as well as the potential for crowdfunding to transform ag finance. The AgFunder team has done a great job of working with us to close this round in only 5 weeks, which lets us stay focused on our customers and business.”

OnFarm provides information to farmers that allows them to calibrate their water or fertilizer inputs for precise growing conditions. This translates into higher margins and less resource depletion, something the ag sector is keenly watching in an era of tight water supply and higher costs.

“We’ve been following OnFarm since we first built the AgFunder platform and see them as a leader in integrating technologies that will generate real returns for farmers and accredited investors who have registered on the Agfunder platform. They’re a solid team, and their campaign generated strong interest with investors that allowed us to close at the top of their targeted fundraising. We look forward to working with more entrepreneurs of Lance’s calibre and think we have an exciting pipeline of opportunities ahead, “ said Rob Leclerc, AgFunder’s CEO.

AgFunder is one of a number of crowdfunding platforms that have launched since the passage of the JOBS Act, which expands the opportunities for companies to market to accredited investors, and is the only platform dedicated to the ag vertical. Launched in beta only 9 months ago, AgFunder has accumulated over $1bn in dealflow.

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AssetAvenue Leverages $10 Billion Track Record to Launch Premium Crowdfunding Platform, Offering Investors Unprecedented Access to A-List Commercial Real Estate Investments

14 Apr

New Equity Crowdfunding Platform Kicks Off by Closing First Deal in Manhattan’s Exclusive Trump Palace Within 48 Hours of Launch

By Robert Hoskins

Los Angeles, CA – Real estate crowdfunding platform AssetAvenue announced the launch of its new invest portal, providing investors with unprecedented access to pre-vetted investment opportunities with best-in-class real estate operators from across the country. The platform will allow operators to utilize new general solicitation rules enacted last fall and legalized by the bipartisan JOBS Act.

New Equity Crowdfunding Platform Kicks Off by Closing First Deal in Manhattan's Exclusive Trump Palace Within 48 Hours of Launch

New Equity Crowdfunding Platform Kicks Off by Closing First Deal in Manhattan’s Exclusive Trump Palace Within 48 Hours of Launch

The company’s first completed deal raised $485,000 from investors in less than 48 hours to acquire a commercial real estate loan backed by office space in the prestigious Trump Palace, the tallest building in New York City’s Upper East Side neighborhood.

The AssetAvenue management team is already leveraging a combined $10 billion in real estate acquisitions experience and deep industry relationships to deliver superior deal strength, which the team sees as its advantage. “Investors care first and foremost about access to the highest quality deals,” said David Manshoory, founder and CEO of AssetAvenue, “and that’s where AssetAvenue stands out. We’re opening access to the kind of opportunities that investors used to only hear about after the biggest players had already snapped them up.”

“Closing our first deal on a property like the Trump Palace — and within 48 hours — is indicative of what we plan to bring to the industry,” said Kevin Arrabaca, president of real estate investments. “Investors in this deal are projected to earn a nine percent annual return, paid on a monthly basis, on a loan that is only 46 percent of the recently appraised property value.”

AssetAvenue’s member base offers real estate operators and sponsors a new and growing source of investor capital to help fund properties. The AssetAvenue team handles all investor distributions, communications and relations, allowing operators to interact with only one intermediary and focus on what they do best.

“Our model is simple: smart money follows great deals,” added Manshoory.

All of AssetAvenue’s pre-vetted deals allow investors to contribute as little as $10,000 per property, allowing investors to diversify their portfolio across multiple assets and earn regular cash flows.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, AssetAvenue is led by commercial real estate industry veterans with a proven track record of raising capital from high net worth and institutional investors, while generating impressive returns in real estate and business. Manshoory is a seasoned entrepreneur with a real estate track record, having previously founded an investor-backed real estate fund that acquired distressed properties in Southern California. Arrabaca has over a decade of real estate and finance experience, having underwritten over 3,000 properties across nearly every asset class while at various firms, including Colony Capital, Lehman Brothers and Houlihan Lokey.

AssetAvenue also counts among its advisors some of the most respected minds in the banking, real estate, technology and crowdfunding industries, including Dr. Richard Swart of UC Berkeley, a founding board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association. Dr. Swart is a world-renowned crowdfunding researcher who recently authored a major white paper for the World Bank on the potential impact of crowdfunding.

“Crowdfunding has already proven itself in other industries and verticals, such as fundraising for businesses and loans, because of all the benefits it brings to both sides of the marketplace, the sponsors and the investors,” Swart said. “Crowdfunding for real estate breaks down all the traditional barriers to getting involved as an investor and allows sponsors to raise capital more efficiently. Although we are only scratching the surface of what’s possible today, I predict that real estate crowdfunding will become mainstream in the United States in the next 12 to 24 months.”

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Reward-Based Crowdfunding Seminar: Everything You Need for Success! – Presented by the NYC Crowdfunding Meetup Group in New York

24 Mar

Crowdfunding Subject Matter Experts Will Be Covering the “A-to-Zs” of Crowdfunding Strategies Including Important Case Studies, Research Strategies, Buzz Generation Techniques, Shooting Viral Pitch Videos as Well as How to Protect Intellectual Property

By Robert Hoskins

New York, NY – To meet the demand from entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses, the NYC Crowdfunding Meetup Group will be hosting a special Crowdfunding Seminar on April 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The event will be held on the 60th floor of the Empire State Building in the 1800 Accountant Office, which is located at 350 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10118.

Lucy Norris is a British correspondent who is now based in NYC. She freelances at a variety of media outlets including Alleywire, Millennium Magazine, the TV show “On Deck With Lucy”

Lucy Norris is a British correspondent who is now based in NYC. She freelances at a variety of media outlets including Alleywire, Millennium Magazine, the TV show “On Deck With Lucy”

Alex Feldman, the event organizer, has assembled an excellent team of crowdfunding subject matter experts that will be sharing tips, tricks and strategies on how to research, plan, and launch successful Rewards-based Crowdfunding campaigns. The event will be videotaped by the Reality Crowd TV crew.

Featured Speakers:

  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Registration
  • 6:30 pm – 6:40 pm
    Introduction to Reward-Based Crowdfunding Campaigns
    Alex Feldman, CEOCrowdsUnite
  • 6:40 pm – 6:50 pm
    Crowdfunding Case Study: How I raised over $22,000!
    Alicia HansenNYC Salt Founder & Photographer
  • 6:50 pm – 7:00 pm
    How to Research Existing Crowdfunding Projects
    Helen Donnelly, CMO, CrowdFunding4All
  • 7:00 pm – 7:10 pm
    How to Create a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
    Brian Meece, CEO, RocketHub
  • 7:10 pm – 7:20 pm
    How to Make a Viral Crowdfunding Pitch Video
    Lucy Norris, Managing Editor, AlleyWire
  • 7:20 pm – 7:30 pm
    How to Create Buzz for Crowdfunding Campaigns
    Howard Sherman, President, CrowdFundBuzz
  • 7:40 pm – 8:30 pm
    Crowdfunding Question & Answer Session
  • 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Social Mixer & Business Networking Event

Reservations:
Tickets are $50, but early birds who sign up before Wednesday, March 26th will receive a $20 discount. The event is open to the general public, but seating is limited, so sign up ASAP at: http://www.meetup.com/NYC-CrowdFunding-Networking/events/171128902/.

Media:
Reporters get in free, but need to RSVP prior to the event with Crowdfunding PR Campaigns by sending Press RSVP request in order to enter the Empire State Building and proceed to the 60th floor. Members of the press should email rhoskins@frontpagepr.com for more information.

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New Equity Crowdfunding Platform, Propellr, Upgrades Accredited Investors to Institutional Level Investment Opportunities

27 Feb

Propellr enters the investment crowdfunding market with $6 million in commercial real estate structured debt offerings

By Robert Hoskins

Based in New York City, NY, new alternative equity crowdfuning real estate investment firm, Propellr, launched a new intermediary digital platform to assist accredited investors in finding new institutional-level investment opportunities previously reserved for only the wealthiest of Americans or those “in the know.”

Former Wall Street and Silicon Valley Executives Launch Propellr to Help More Investors Access High-Yield Alternative Asset Deals

Former Wall Street and Silicon Valley Executives Launch Propellr to Help More Investors Access High-Yield Alternative Asset Deals

“We’re taking the kind of private placement deals usually found in hedge funds and making those deals available to the public,” said Propellr CEO Todd Lippiatt. “If they’re good enough for big institutional investors, why shouldn’t a wider swath of investors also benefit? Every investor should have access to deals that provide healthy returns.”

Propellr enters the investment crowdfunding market with $6 million in commercial real estate structured debt offerings. Aristone Realty Capital LLC (ARC), a New York-based private commercial real estate lender that has originated over $225 million in structured credit investments, is responsible for sourcing, analyzing, structuring and actively managing all deals for Propellr’s first vertical.

Lippiatt, who also serves as Managing Principal of ARC, brings Wall Street expertise in extracting value from large and complex real estate projects. Prior to founding ARC in 2006, Lippiatt was vice president of adjustable rate mortgage at Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and, subsequently, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (“DLJ” now Credit Suisse). Under Lippiatt’s leadership over the last seven years, Propellr’s first-to-market vertical has consistently provided healthy returns in comparison with other asset classes.

Propellr plans to build on this model, offering alternative asset investments in other industry sectors within the next six to 12 months. The platform architecture was designed and built by a team of experienced startup engineers and entrepreneurs who bring smart technology solutions made exclusively for today’s investors in a heavily regulated and changing industry.

“It’s simple, powerful and intuitive so investors can spend more time considering high-quality opportunities and less time worrying about whether a deal has been rigorously vetted,” said Saadiq Rodgers-King, head of product development at Propellr and co-founder of Hot Potato, a social activity platform acquired by Facebook in 2010.

Unlike traditional brokerage houses and investment firms, who are in the business of selling, and unlike the vast majority of crowdfunding platforms, who lack the financial services expertise to do more than operate as passive electronic bulletin boards, Propellr actively helps people invest alongside seasoned professionals. The firm does this by breaking from several long-accepted industry norms in its approach and methodology.

  • All deals are sourced internally, not through a third-party matchmaker
  • Layers of fees & commissions typically paid to middle men are eliminated in order to pass those savings directly to investors
  • Interests are overly aligned between firm management and its investors; Propellr invests a minimum of 10% in every deal

“We treat investors’ money like our own because, frankly, it is. We buy right alongside our investors and put our own money into every deal. That’s virtually unheard of with traditional investing and with today’s crowdfunding platforms. When there’s shared skin in the game, it creates the right conditions to propel wealth-building opportunities for everyone,” said Lippiatt.

Propellr’s record of performance is the result of its commitment to rigorous and exhaustive due diligence. Propellr executives separate the good investments from the mediocre and risky, a key concern for investors unfamiliar with alternative assets and others who naively look to crowdfunding like it’s a lottery ticket.

“In 2012, unregistered Regulation D offerings raised $903 billion dollars,” said Lippiatt. “With the lift on the ban on general solicitation, Reg D offerings have the potential to inject capital in the market and provide investors with superior risk-adjusted returns. Through transparency, rigor and expert knowledge, we intend to provide investors with better access to a range of high-yield opportunities.”

Propellr’s mission is to put financial power back into investor’s hands by helping people invest alongside seasoned professionals who do it every day. Propellr does this by performing rigorous analysis to separate good deals from mediocre deals, removing the layers of middlemen, putting fees & commissions back into investor’s pockets, and aligning interests by putting its own money into every deal.

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From Kitchen to Food Truck to Restaurant, Fundafeast.com Crowdfunding Site Helps Dreams Come True for Food and Drink Entrepreneurs

27 Feb

Fundafeast.com promises to support a wide variety of cookbooks, food trucks, restaurants and wineries to help fundraising efforts to launch a new food/drink service business

By Robert Hoskins

Based in New York City, NY, the new crowdfunding platform, Fundafeast.com, now makes it possible to fund anything from cookbooks full of great recipes to new food products all the way up to fine dining restaurant and wineries.  Crowdfunding can now be utilized to raise money for a wide variety of food and drink-related startups, new business ventures and existing restaurants that want to expand or franchise their operations with a little extra venture capital from hobby investors and micro venture capitalists.  But instead of giving up equity stakes in their companies, they simply trade great deals and VIP cards for startup cash.

Fundafeast Crowdfunding Platform for Bars, Coffee Shops, Food Trucks, Franchises, Restaurants, and Wineries

Fundafeast New York, NY Crowdfunding Platform for Bars, Coffee Shops, Food Trucks, Franchises, Restaurants, and Wineries

“Fundafeast is designed for entrepreneurs who want to make a business out of their own food or drink ‘passion’ and need some help getting their venture started,” says Cheryl A. Clements, founder and CEO of fundafeast. “Sometimes all you need to pursue a great food business is a $500 investment, but there isn’t a bank in the world that’s going to help. I myself used GoFundMe to get fundafeast started.”

On fundafeast, entrepreneurs can post profiles of their business ideas and elicit contributions. The page provides details of the food + drink-related business, explains how the funds will be spent and keeps a running total of donations. Fundafeast collects a fee from entrepreneurs that represents only 4% of the money raised versus the 5% charged by most other crowdfunding platforms. Fundafeast doesn’t charge a penalty for clients who fall short of their goal, as some other sites do, such as a higher percentage rate or not allowing them to keep funding raised short of goal. Entrepreneurs are allowed to keep all funds raised.

Fundafeast hopes to help develop restaurants, wine bars, cookbooks, food products, food inspired art, innovative kitchen gadgets or other food and drink-related ventures and promote their passion for running food and drink-related establishments.

Fundafeast.com is a new rewards-based crowdfunding platform uniquely designed to help raise funds for entrepreneurs with a wide variety of food- or drink-related business ideas. Fundafeast.com, which went live on Feb. 1, 2014, and give entrepreneurs a crowdfunding profile page to describe their business idea in detail, set a fundraising goal and track contributions as they come in.

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iFunding.co Launches RealEstate Crowdfunding Platform to Help Accredited Investors overcome the Volatility of REIT Investments

14 Aug

Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Allows Individuals To Invest in Quality Real Estate Deals in New York

By Robert Hoskins

iFunding.co launches commercial real estate crowdfunding platform based in New York City.  To date, investors have pledged over $8MM towards the first projects to be listed on the platform this month, making it the one the largest real estate platforms in the US.  iFunding is geared for accredited investors and provides more than just another kind of investment option for their clients. They boast a fully online platform for making direct investments in real estate, allowing clients to review projects, fund investments and track them via computer, smartphone or iPad.

iFunding is a real estate investment platform that uses technology to make private real estate investing simple. Individual investors can select and make direct investments in pre-vetted institutional quality real estate assets directly on our website.

iFunding is a real estate investment platform that uses technology to make private real estate investing simple. Individual investors can select and make direct investments in pre-vetted institutional quality real estate assets directly on our website.

The electronic investment system claims to make iFunding a paper-free company. That’s right – all forms are digital. Investors will enjoy the convenience of iFunding’s state of the art technology while maintaining the ability to access institutional quality real estate investment opportunities for as little as $1,000.

The platform is geared toward accredited investors in the $1-5m range who lack access to private equity funds and may be frustrated with the volatility of REIT’s. The company focuses on assets that provide long term, stable income streams for their clients.

While truly online investing is reason enough to celebrate, there’s even more to embrace. iFunding has a team of professionals who have over 50 years’ experience in this field. They have worked with some of the largest corporations, such as JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and have been involved in over $2 Billion of transactions in numerous different roles. Their expertise and dedication in investing translates into professionalism and knowledge that is second to none.

William Skelley, founder of iFunding, shared in a recent interview that the idea for the company came to him from while working at the hedge fund Rose Park Advisors, a fund run by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, that focuses on making investments in companies that fit the framework of disruptive innovation. Mr. Skelley realized that real estate finance was a prime target to be disrupted, harnessing technology to simplify the investment process and make it extremely efficient.

Mr. Skelley had this to say about his company, “Our goal at iFunding is to utilize technology to streamline the process for our real estate investors. We prepackage everything to present the investor with a turnkey investment opportunity – we have in-house counsel, accountants and additional intellectual capital at no cost to the client. We do the legwork so our clients don’t have to. iFunding offers them the efficiency they want with the expertise and results they deserve.”

iFunding is a real estate investment platform that uses technology to make private real estate investing simple. Accredited investors can select and make direct investments in pre-vetted institutional quality real estate assets directly on their website.

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fundingGenie.com Launches New Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Forgotten Hurricane Sandy Victims Still in Need of Financial Donations

24 Jun

New Fundraising Campaign to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims Who Are Still Recovering

By Robert Hoskins

FundingGenie started the Help Hurricane Sandy Victims Crowdfunding campaign to encourage everyone to help each other and for the community to recover fast.

Funding Genie

Funding Genie

The massive storm hit the north eastern coast of the United States on October 24, 2012, leaving at least 285 people dead. The cost of the damage is estimated at $68 billion dollars as data released this June recorded.

The shops participating will be providing discounts and special offers. This is to encourage everyone to help and donate for the recovery of businesses in New Jersey (NJ) and New York (NY).

Donors are entitled of these discounts and special rewards. By participating, donating, and buying, the whole city will end up being picked up from the disaster.

Every cent counts. It doesn’t matter how much you give but what matters is how many people will be helping.

Lilly Services plus business affected by the hurricane and the Business Supporting and Relief and Recovery Efforts joined forces to organize this event.

This aims to help businesses to rebuild. Everyone’s support, especially those who were distressed by Hurricane Sandy, is much needed.

The month-long fund raising event could have ended but people are still calling for you to help and participation. You can still show your love and support by donating through FundingGenie here. Any amount helps

This organization is helping communities affected by natural disasters and victims of injustice and violence like the shootings at Newtown, Connecticut. They encourage people to give a hand with the campaigns they launch.

A helping community is sure to recover fast. With the number of people showing love and support, nothing is even close to impossible. Giving can save thousands of lives and more in the years to come.

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Crowdfunding Expected to be a Hot Consumer Electronics Topic at CE Week in New York

9 May

By Robert Hoskins

CE Week announced plans to host an innovative new lineup of keynotes and Crowdfunding conference sessions from the most well known names in the technology industry. The 2013 CE Week Line Shows and Exhibits are scheduled for June 26-27 at the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building in New York City. This event is the official show headquarters of a week-long series of CE technology events taking place in the city over the course of CE Week, June 24-28.

CE Week LIne Shows & Exhibits is the Official Headquarters of CE Week, featuring the show’s largest exhibit floor of new products and start-ups, the largest concentration of conferences and attendees.

CE Week LIne Shows & Exhibits is the Official Headquarters of CE Week, featuring the show’s largest exhibit floor of new products and start-ups, the largest concentration of conferences and attendees.

To kick off CE Week, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is producing a Research Summit on Monday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event at the High Line Hotel will provide timely intelligence on the unique and important market trends and transformations emerging in the consumer electronics industry.

Aereo Founder and CEO Chet Kanojia will join Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA, for an in-depth conversation about how technology innovation drives Aereo’s business strategy, at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 26.

Living in Digital Times will display the best and brightest in mobile app technology at the Mobile App Showdown. During this live event at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, ten finalists will put their apps to the test and the audience will cast the deciding vote on the best app.

Top company executives from Pioneer, Monster, Kenwood, Toshiba, IK Multimedia, Samsung and BlueBOLT will introduce new products and discuss what’s ahead for their companies during press conferences.

The CE Week SuperSessions will address popular topics including 3D printing, crowdfunding, and the next generation of gaming. Sessions include:

Polygon SuperSession: Video Gaming’s Other Next-Gen [June 26 at 1:35 p.m.] – With so much attention focused on new video game consoles from Microsoft and Sony, both of whom are poised to usher in another “next generation” of gaming later this year, it’s easy to miss that an entirely separate alternative generation of video game consoles is taking shape. Join us as we explore this nascent “other” generation, typified by a focus on mobile hardware, open operating systems, digital delivery and an indie-friendly publishing model.
Moderator: Christopher Grant, editor-in-chief, Polygon

CNET SuperSession: Bringing 3D Printing to Consumers [June 26 at 3:15 p.m.] – We hear about new 3D printing breakthroughs almost every week now, ranging from houses to prosthetic skull implants to 3D printing on Mars. For consumers, 3D printing is either science fiction, or it suffers from the perception that it’s an expensive, time-consuming hobby with little practical utility. How can consumer-facing 3D printing companies improve their image and attract more mainstream users? Should that even be the goal? This panel will explore the issues and solutions around taking 3D printing to the mass market.
Moderator: Rich Brown, senior editor, CNET

Mashable SuperSession: The Battle Over Smartphone Screen Size [June 27 at 10:15 a.m.] – Since 2010, the average size of cell phone screens has increased by almost a full inch. Plus-size phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note have expanded the displays of all models, to the point where it’s impossible to buy a top Android phone with a screen smaller than 4.7 inches. Does this trend have a ceiling, and what does it mean for people with normal-size hands?
Moderator: Lance Ulanoff, editor-in-chief, Mashable

PCWorld/TechHive SuperSession: Who’s Fastest? Wireless Speed Test Results [June 27 at 12:15 p.m.] – PCWorld/TechHive Editor Mark Sullivan and OpenSignal Co-Founder and CEO Brendan Gill present results from their annual study of 4G and 3G wireless speeds. This year, testers visited 20 cities and measured speeds at the street level to give wireless customers independent data on which carrier offers the best speeds and coverage in the U.S.

Engadget SuperSession: Crowdfunding the Hardware Revolution [June 27 at 1:45 p.m.] – Welcome to the dawn of the age of hardware startups. Sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter have changed the way we think about starting a business, from funding to user feedback. We’ll talk to success stories about the new business paradigm and discuss some tips for getting started in the world of crowdfunding.
Moderator: Brian Heater, director of media, Engadget

The CE Week Line Shows Conference Program is part of the full CE Week conference program, including 50-plus sessions and featuring more than 150 speakers. Conference tracks include the CEA Research Summit, Crowdfunding, Women in CE Forum, Connected Car Conference, Digital Health Summit, 2nd Screen Summit, Ultra HD Conference and Techlicious Summit.

To register for CE Week visit https://secure.events-registration.com/ceweek2013/ Join in on the CE Week conversation by tweeting using the hashtag #ceweek.

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Seed&Spark Partners with Film Independent and Big Vision Empty Wallet for Crowdfunding Platform Membership Rewards Program

5 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

Seed&Spark, the world’s first crowdfunding and digital distribution platform made just for independent films, announced a partnership with Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent at LACMA film series and the Los Angeles Film Festival, and Big Vision Empty Wallet (BVEW), a curated membership community of artists and innovators.

Seed&Spark Partners with Film Independent and Big Vision Empty Wallet for Membership Rewards Program

Seed&Spark Partners with Film Independent and Big Vision Empty Wallet for Membership Rewards Program

As part of the partnership, Seed&Spark will offer discounts on crowd-funding campaigns and streaming distribution on the Seed&Spark site to Film Independent and BVEW members. In addition, the Seed&Spark team will provide individual consultations on how to develop audience-building campaigns to their community members. In return, Film Independent and BVEW will allow Seed&Spark users to redeem their Sparks for membership discounts. Sparks are rewards points that Seed&Spark users can obtain for following, supporting and sharing Seed&Spark Studio crowdfunding campaigns and Seed&Spark Cinema movies.

Josh Welsh, Co-President at Film Independent, commented on the collaboration: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the folks at Seed&Spark. It’s not just a crowdfunding platform – it’s a very creative, smart set of tools for indie filmmakers to get their films made and get their films seen, and the focus is on building community rather than just raising cash. It’s very much in line with our mission and approach at Film Independent. Also, we’re excited to spread the word about our Filmmaker Pro membership to everyone on Seed&Spark. Whether you’re setting out to make your film or about to share it with the world, this is another tool you’ll want to use.”

BVEW’S Co-Founder & CEO Dani Faith Leonard stated: “BVEW is about creating avenues for our members to spark collaborations and showcase their talents, so this partnership with Seed&Spark is very natural.”

“I’m excited to partner with an innovative company like Seed&Spark. Big Vision Empty Wallet members are going to jump on the opportunity to crowdfund, build an audience, and monetize their projects all in one place,” added Alex Cirillo, Co-Founder and Director of Development at BVEW.

The partnerships are part of Seed&Spark’s plan to create and expand its new ecosystem for the independent film community.

“We’re excited to offer Film Independent and Big Vision Empty Wallet members further support, and we are honored to offer Seed&Spark users access to these two visionary film membership organizations that represent the best of what indie film has to offer: community support for creative endeavors in film,” praised Emily Best, Founder and CEO of Seed&Spark the new partnership.

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