Join us on 23rd October to learn how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.
So you have a great idea? Your once in a lifetime opportunity to make your mark and make a living doing what you love?
Whether you are launching a film, a new brand of chocolate, funding your community project or Facebook 2.0, crowdfunding offers an increasingly popular way to raise the funds to make it happen. Get it right and you will know whether people are as passionate as you are in what you have to offer, but you need to take crowdfunding as seriously as you would a more conventional investment pitch.
Why you should join us
We’ve brought together a great panel discussion, including leaders of the UK’s crowdfunding scene and one of the UK’s crowdfunding success stories to launch their business in one of the most successful recent crowdfunding campaigns of the last few years.
You’ll come away with some ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’ tips that will show you how to give your campaign the best possible chance – by asking for the right amount, offering the right benefits to investors and engaging with the right community. What you learn this evening will help ensure your investors get something tangible for their money, and you get to keep 100 per cent of your business or project – and make sure it happens your way.
If you are:
- Putting together a crowdfunding proposal and want advice on best practice
- You’ve got an exciting idea for a new project but don’t know how to raise the money for it
- You’ve tried raising money through the bank or another investment route without success.
- Are looking for independent collaborators to help launch your business or project.
And to top it all, we’ve got a great sponsor in Freeagent.com who are buying the drinks!
Henry Freeman, Founder and CEO of Crowdshed
Henry is the founder of CrowdShed (www.crowdshed.com) and The Gig Thing (www.thegigthing.com). He is also advising Trade River Finance (www.traderiverfinance.com), in the role of Commercial Director, on growth strategies, marketing and business development.
Henry has spent the bulk of his career in fund management and investment banking, with a focus on capital raising, private equity and alternative assets. During his career in finance Henry has formulated strategies for a variety of businesses, raised capital from institutions for specialist investment opportunities, run a number of top performing investment funds, and been a regular speaker at industry conferences and contributor to media publications.
John Mitchinson, Co-founder of Unbound and Director of Research for QI
John is one of the three co-founders of Unbound. He is also a writer for QI, responsible with his friend and mentor John Lloyd for all five of the QI books. Before that he was a publisher, the MD of Cassell & Co and before that the MD of Harvill Press. He’s published a smorgasbord of literary succulence in my time, from Michael Palin and The Beatles, to Richard Ford, Alan Garner, Haruki Murakami and a book about knitting with dog hair. Go further back and he was Waterstone’s first marketing director.
He lives in a old book-filled farmhouse in the village of Great Tew in Oxfordshire. In my spare time he keeps pigs and chickens, which he likes to turn into various cured, smoked and spiced delicacies and he has two flat-packed hives waiting to be built and filled with bees.
David Vines, Chief Operating Officer of Lawbite (one of Crowdcube’s crowdfunding success stories).
David was a practising solicitor for 10 years before job dissatisfaction led him to explore alternative careers (sound familiar?). A sailing business proved too seasonal (David is a professional skipper and Yacht Master) so he founded Rude Health Foods with neighbours in 2007. Rude Health grew to £1m turnover in 18 months and is still going relatively strong. 3 years ago David met Clive Rich (a barrister) and LawBite was born to provide ‘Simple Law for Small Companies’ – LawBite combines technology and a different structure to deliver affordable law without loss in quality of advice. LawBite has raised funds twice on equity funding platform Crowdcube over the last 2 years.
Amanda Boyle, serial entrepreneur and Founder of Bloom VC crowdfunding
Amanda Boyle created Bloom in 2010, when she spotted an imminent funding gap for startups, early stage businesses, communities, art and culture… in fact, anything that needs the smallest amount of cash to get going. The idea is simple, harness the power of the crowd (that’s you, me and everyone around us) and, in return for financial contributions – no matter how small – claim a reward from project owners.
With the support of a small but very clever team who pioneered the crowdfunding sector in the UK, Amanda is now developing the next steps – working with companies and brands to make more of their resources to support local initiatives and campaigns.
Facilitated by: Alex Butler, Founder KindredHQ
Based in Wiltshire and London, Alex is the founder and mother hen of Kindredhq.com where she does a little bit of everything. She lives and breathes the KindredHQ community, having struck out independently in November 2010. As a freelance consultant, she noticed that although many more people are choosing to work outside of organisations, there is very little in the way of support, practical or emotional, and decided to learn more about why and what could be done to help.