Virgin StartUp Meetup Bournemouth: how to crowdfund for your StartUp
Crowdfunding is becoming more and more popular with all types of startups as a way to raise funding.
Rewards crowdfunding doesn’t require winning over investors, whereas equity crowdfunding brings unrestricted funds for growth.
We're inviting speakers with knowledge of both types to talk about the pros and cons, and reveal how to use crowdfunding to get attention for your startup and tap into an audience of loyal customers that will hopefully stick around long after the campaign comes to an end.
Whether you want to use crowdfunding as a way of raising cash or finding more customers, come and join us for an evening of sharing knowledge
William Sachiti - Academy of Robotics
Having recently closed two funding rounds simultaneously, one through Crowdfunding and a second via corporate Venture Capital. William is a serial entrepreneur whose career has seen him on BBC’s Dragons Den and his last startup acquired by Secret Escapes in 2015. His previous start-up MyCityVenue reached over 1.6 million users in less than 3 years and become one of Uber’s biggest UK partners before its acquisition.
Following a long time passion in robotics, William went back to study Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in 2015. In 2016 he founded Academy of Robotics which is currently developing Kar-go, a driverless car able to autonomously deliver multiple packages with no human aid, thus reducing the cost of last mile delivery by up to 90%. The company is going for a highly competitive space and is competing with companies such as Google, Uber and Tesla.
Jonathan Keeling - Crowdcube
I am passionate about technology, sustainability and startups. I enjoy thinking big and am inspired by those who execute with focus.
As Head of Partnerships at Crowdcube, I devised and implemented the commercial partnership scheme for which I am now leading its scale-up and growth across the UK and Europe. As one of the early employees of Pavegen, I also continue to support the companies growth as an Advisor and shareholder.
Global speaking highlights include TEDx EY 2015, TEDxLondon ‘City 2.0’, Fintech Connect 2016, the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Istanbul, pitching at the British Library as part of the WONGA Future50 as well as presenting Pavegen as one of the "5 Ideas to Shake the World" during The Global Design Forum, 2015 at the V&A.
Jess Titcumb from Twisted Hal
Jess took the plunge to step away from her career in Interior design to launch her drinks business Twisted Halo in 2016. Always an entrepreneur at heart the inspiration for her business came after a spin sweat session followed by a cheeky retox session with girlfriends. Jess realised she was truly bored of boring drinks and saw a gap in the market for delicious low calories and refreshing drinks.
She craved a delicious alternative to a “skinny bitch”, and so did her friends. So then she thought, if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself! With no experience in the drinks industry Jess started out where any other twenty-something would. Google. “How do I manufacture an alcoholic drink?” Fast forward to June 2016 and after a lot of hard work and late nights, Twisted Halo was born. Prior to setting up Twisted Halo, Jess had a career as an interior designer having graduated from KLC School of Design. She worked for international companies working on a variety of projects across Europe.
John Auckland of Tribe First
John began his career at 16, where he spent ten years instructing, writing and event managing internal communications programmes for some of the top global brands, such as Vodafone, BP and Astra Zenica, to name a few. John left internal events to start his own copywriting agency, which supported large corporates and startups alike, with clients ranging from BT to Hello Fresh within its first two years of trading. He sold his agency before he turner 30 to Thread Media, where they then employed him as a director. During his time at Thread John helped conceive and run Project Brabham, at its time the biggest ever sports crowdfunding campaign. He left Thread to form TribeFirst, the first Crowdfunding agency globally to offer a risk/reward model on equity crowdfunding campaigns. TribeFirst is a Virgin StartUp funded business, and partners with all of the major UK platforms. John is also a published author, with his second book being recently crowdfunded on the premier book crowdfunding site, Unbound.
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