All posts tagged: crowdfunding

8 Social Good Trends For Entrepreneurs To Ride On In 2015

The web has dramatically changed the rules of doing business right from fundraising to marketing to selling, everything has changed. What worked before doesn’t work now. Social entrepreneurs that take full advantage of the ever evolving web will be the ones that will rule the hearts and minds of donors and consumers. At Dutiee our goal is to keep you updated with the latest. Trends that are showing results and will help you profit from. In 2014 we outlined seven trends that social entrepreneurs could benefit from and all of these continue to still hold true in 2015. Social mission embedded consumer startups, crowdfunding, data, transparency, visuals, design and hackathons – we believe 2015 will see these trends grow stronger as more entrepreneurs leverage these and realize their benefits. The one new trend that we would like to add for 2015 that’s proving effective for many startups is Storytelling. Brands that are embracing storytelling as part of their communication/marketing strategy are gaining immensely in establishing new, deep and lasting connections. More on storytelling and other …

Why Top Silicon Valley Investors Are Backing This Nonprofit Startup

[youtube http://youtu.be/WlT3UhC7NwQ] Chase shares the story of Watsi with others at Startup School. Watsi is a less than 2 year old non-profit that has managed to get a star studded list of Silicon Valley investors backing them.  They have built a Kickstarter like crowd-funding platform to source money for the medical treatment of poor in the developing world. Watsi is the very first non-profit that got into the world famous tech incubator Y-combinator. Paul Graham the founder of Y-combinator personally sent a mail inviting Watsi to join and has invested his own money to help them build out their vision. In addition to this they have raised money from Ron Conway (Twitter, Facebook and Google Investor), Vinod Khosla (Sun Microsystems and Khosla Ventures) and Tencent (Chinese Tech Giant) to name a few. So how did Chase Adam (Founder of Watsi) who has just returned from years of service as a Peace Corp volunteer in remote areas of Central America manage to so quickly break into Silicon Valley and create a top-tier non-profit startup.

GiveForward – On Growing The #1 Medical Fundraising Website

GiveForward is a website that aims to rescue people in their most difficult of times. When people are overcome with sickness and bills, GiveForward steps in to help individuals raise funds for their loved ones suffering from a medical condition and struggling to pay bills. GiveForward is a unique web based fundraising platform that is exclusively focused on helping people raise money for medical expenses. In the US there are over 400 billion dollars of out-of-pocket medical expenses that are not covered by insurance, 1 out of every 5 Americans (18 – 65 age group) are struggling to pay medical bills – that sums up to a mind boggling number of over 54 million Americans hurting from medical expenses (* Statistics provided by GiveForward) As of today GiveForward has helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars for things like general medical expenses, cancer treatment, transplants, funeral costs and disaster-relief. We first introduced this amazing  social startup to our readers back in 2011. We recently had the opportunity to connect back with the co-founder Ethan Austin …

Guide To Changing The World With A Kickstarter Launch

If you are using consumerism to change the world, Kickstarter is a great place to fund and launch your business. Many changemakers with consumer ideas have met with overwhelming fundraising success by tapping into the fact that people love getting stuff. Kickstarter, the largest and most popular crowdfunding site, allows anyone to fund creative ideas on the planform in exchange for rewards which are mostly creative, tangible and fairly priced products. On Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the other popular crowdfunding site, backers are looking to contribute to projects where they could possibly get something really cool and inspiring in exchange. Changemakers  with consumer ideas are able to offer niche and inspiring products, thus attracting backers and hitting their fundraising target, at times closing much higher than their initial fundraising goal. Take for instance, 1:FaceWatch, a simple, stylish watch that comes in six colors, each color representing a cause that part of the purchase price will go to. The project was founded by brand development firm Mirza Minds, who wanted to use the power of consumers to change the …