Montreal, Monday 3rd Dec 2012 – Last Monday, November 26th 2012, SeedingFactory held the first community event dedicated entirely to crowdfunding called “CrowdFund Night”. The event was held at The Notman House, known as the home of the web in Montreal, and brought together more than 60 entrepreneurs, artists and curious guests for an evening of discovery and education on the art of crowdfunding.
“Crowdfunding can be used by anyone and everyone to kickstart a project, and that’s what we want to communicate with this event”, says SeedingFactory co-founder Heri Ratotomalala. “It’s a practice that funds thousands of projects across the world, and we want to make sure that the Montreal community is not missing out” adds other co-founder Bruno Rakotozafy. With those goals in mind, SeedingFactory put together an event that included: an information session on crowdfunding – what is it and how does it relate to Canadians, kiosk space for local crowdfunding users to promote their projects, and 4-minute spotlight pitch slots through which select users could present their projects in front of the entire audience. “The response to the event was great”, says Bruno.
Some of the comments received were:
“It was a great opportunity to network with passionate people and hear about their projects, all the while learning the ins and outs of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is definitely something to be on the look out for in Canada!” Jason Gendreau, Fundica.
“A great place to meet startups and learn about new funding strategies.” Francois Gaudreau.
“As a crowdfunding platform owner, I was inspired to meet other platform owners with whom I discussed issues about launching a crowdfunding platform. It’s really great to see that the crowd motivates everyone to come together in a non-competitive spirit.” Michael from Pinataaa.com
CrowdFund Night also featured a popular vote where crowdfuning project owners had to woo for crowd support. The McGill figure skating campaign on MAKEACHAMP.com made an impression on the public and won the audience’s hearts and minds that night.
“Given the positive response we will definitely be hosting CrowdFund Night again”, says Bruno. The date of the next event has not been confirmed yet but will be posted on the SeedingFactory website.
David Ancor, Michael Shpigelman from MAKEACHAMP.com, Elza Kephart, filmaker of Go in the Wildnerss, and Gabriel Ménard presented proudly their ventures at CrowdFund Night.
SeedingFactory is an organization based in Montreal that focuses on finding innovative sources of funding for entrepreneurs. It promotes best practices and strategies for any doers worldwide seeking to build a momentum before and during fundraising periods. @seedingfactory
Bruno Rakotozafy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credit Heri