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Crowdfunding as a Means of Raising Pre-Seed Capital
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute through the EVE 2.0 Distributed Incubation Program has partnered with FirstFunder, a Partner-Based Crowdfunding Platform. The purpose of this partnership is to provide EVE client companies and Rensselaer technology and business project teams to raise money from family, friends, alumni/ae and other supporters when they are too early to interest most angel investors.
The EVE-FirstFunder platform is a tool and resource for EVE Client companies and project teams within the Rensselaer Emerging Ventures Ecosystem Accelerator Laboratory (REVEAL) to use to create campaigns, share their story and make the ask to a community of actual and potential supporters. To create a campaign, or to simply create an account to explore the possibility of using Crowdfunding to raise money for pre-seed activities such as paying for a prototype, click on the orange “Create a Campaign!” button above.
Crowdfunding Tutorial Videos
Have you heard the buzz about CrowdFunding and want to know more about what it is and how you might be able to use it as a means to raise capital for your company? The following videos provide a basic primer to what Crowdfunding is and how it works.
The first video below is a brief introduction to CrowdFunding from the “5,000 foot” level to help you get a sense of what it is and how it works. The second video goes further by putting CrowdFunding in context with more traditional fundraising approaches. Lastly, the third video provides more background and detail that will help you understand the origins and potential future of CrowdFunding as a major paradigm shift in the fundraising universe of family, friends, angel investors and venture capitalists.
Recent legislation has been passed supporting this innovation in the financial space, making CrowdFunding a legitimate and increasingly effective way for entrepreneurs and small business owners to raise the capital they need to get their ventures off the ground. Be sure to look into CrowdFunding to see if it makes sense for you and your venture as an alternative to the traditional methods of raising money for your startup or growth.
This video provides a brief introduction to CrowdFunding. Source: www.rockthepost.com
What is Crowdfunding-Its’s History and Future?
Dana Mauriello, CoFounder of ProFounder.com talks about where crowdfunding has been, and where it is going at WickedStart’s NYC Entrepreneur Bootcamp. Source: www.wickedstart.com