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What is Seed
Chicago is Accion Chicago's curated Kickstarter crowdfunding page. Originally created through a
partnership between Accion Chicago, World Business Chicago, and the City of
Chicago, Seed Chicago's collaboration with Kickstarter creates jobs and economic growth in Chicago's
projects featured on Seed Chicago highlight small businesses and community
development projects which facilitate economic activity, revitalize
neighborhoods, create new jobs, or promote education and training. The project
owners are pursuing funding of $10,000 or less during a period of 30 days.
What is Seed
is a lack of available capital for small business financing; Accion Chicago is
only able to meet 5% of the demand for small business loans in Chicago. Using
Kickstarter's online crowdfunding platform, Seed Chicago unites interesting,
impactful projects proposed by local businesses and community organizations
with potential funders to bring these creative projects to life. These projects
ultimately create jobs and growth opportunities in Chicago's neighborhoods.
When does it
Chicago was launched in April 2013 featuring 25 projects throughout the year.
In 2014, there will be four rounds of projects featured on
Kickstarter. 2015 rounds of Seed Chicago are to be determined.
How does it
is an online crowdfunding platform hosting thousands of projects from
independent creators, ranging from new music albums and film projects to dance
and video games. Kickstarter unites project creators with potential backers,
who may fund projects based on interest in the product (e.g. a new neighborhood
restaurant) or in support of the mission (e.g. youth skills training). In
return for funding, project creators offer backers incentives such as an
exclusive invitation to the business launch or a product sampler. Learn more at
Chicago projects are selected by a committee of individuals from a variety of
organizations. Accion Chicago, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Chicago (LISC), World Business Chicago, and others are a few examples of the
organizations that play a role in the selection process.
projects are funded by civically-minded Chicagoans. Seed Chicago gives the
public a chance to get involved in shaping the character and design of their
neighborhoods. By pledging support through Kickstarter, locals and supporters
further afield can "reimagine" use of a public space, encourage a new
neighborhood business, or make skills training more readily available. To back
a featured project, navigate to the projects individual Kickstarter page at http://kickstarter.com/seedchicago
Who do I
contact for more information?
you are interested in being featured as a Seed Chicago project, please contact:
here for the Project Owners Packet. Inside you will find information on best
practices, lessons learned, and more tools you need to be successful at