Want to Learn about Kickstarter Alternatives?Attend Crowdfunding East Conference at Harvard
Crowd funding Conference will be held on Aug. 28 at Harvard Faculty Club to educate the public about fundraising options for entrepreneurs, creative community and non-profits
The full-day Aug. 28 conference program includes panel discussions, hands-on workshop, presentations and a
debate about the JOBS Act. 28 speakers representing 12 crowdfunding platforms, peer-to-peer lending, angelinvestors, innovation incubators and lawyers will present different options for folks looking to raise money for their projects.The attendees will learn about the advantages and differences of Kickstarter competitors targeting nichemarkets. Some of the companies involved with the full-day affair include:
, a New York based company, helps authors raise money and promote their books. The founders have powerful connections in the industry and use their network to actively support Indie writers.
, a platform for hardware projects, has extended the fundraising idea. Their clients willreceive help with the product design, cost assessment and development of the crowd funded projects. The
platform’s founders want to make sure that the product is not just going to be
funded but it will be deliveredaccording to the promise.
provides a white label solution for organizations looking to raise funds without a middleman.
helps non-profits engage their networks to improve their fundraising activities.A special panel will discuss the current state of higher education financing. The participants will providedifferent solutions to solve the problem.
from California taps into the power of alumni networks to help u
niversities initiate students’
entrepreneurship. Their currently active projects are initiated by startups from Georgetown, Princeton andBerkeley Universities.
offers fundraising help and mentorship for students looking to cover their tuition expenses.
from Delaware provides solutions for colleges and universities interested in taking fundraising in their own hands. University of Virginia and Arizona State University already use the platform.Another example is
, a Michigan Tech University initiative that supports research and publicservice projects.The conference attendees will hear from people who have succeeded in raising money through crowdfunding.The panelists combined have raised of more than $1.7 million. Additional topics to be covered at the conferenceinclude: using self-directed IRA for crowdfunding, organizing crowdfunding inside organizations and free toolsfor efficient crowd funding campaign.The afternoon session will be devoted to business financing. Founders of equity crowdfunding platforms
Return on Change
, private investors network
, alternative assets marketplace
and other panelists will discuss different options for startups.The conference keynotes will be delivered by well-known investor and author from New York City DarylMontgomery and one of the leaders of the top P2P lending marketplace