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Crowdfunding Live

1Week KC: Crowdfunding Live!

Crowdfunding Live

This is your chance to put your money where your mouth—and where Kansas City startups—are. On June 3, during 1Week KC, Hallmark is hosting Crowdfunding Live: KC Innovation Showcase.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, crowdfunding is an opportunity to fund a project or venture through small amounts of money from a large number of people. While most crowdfunding campaigns happen on the Internet, Crowdfunding Live adds a new dimension: IRL people and their projects.

Think Shark Tank without the sharks. Or online crowdfunding but in person. It’s your chance to meet some entrepreneurs, ask questions about their projects, press the flesh and invest in some innovative ideas. (And grab some apps and drinks while you “shop” the innovation showcase.)

Here are a few of our exhibitors.

Faire Joli on Indiegogo

Faire Joli is a place to make, take and create.  The vision is a medley of great ideas that weave together small business, the handmade movement and our local community. Their event space will be hosting monthly DIY parties, pop-up shops and business forums. They will also offer two mobile office suites with coffee bar that can be reserved on an hourly or monthly basis.

Plate on Kickstarter

Plate is a new restaurant in Kansas City sourcing local and regional produce, dairy and meat.

Covey on gofundme

Covey is two independent women, who are passionate about being responsible influencers in the fashion community. Their goal is to change the fashion industry one consumer at a time, by making “Slow Fashion” more accessible.

Tin Man Prints on Kickstarter

Tin Man Prints creates custom metal prints from your photos. Their Patent Pending Magnetic Mounting System keeps your walls hole free.

Tiny House Collective on Indiegogo

Tiny House's goal is to ensure affordable housing, with built-in systems for environmentally sound care. Their mission is to develop ecologically friendly Tiny House villages and Tiny House private builds in Kansas City.

The Game Nanny Box on ​KickStarter

Simplify family screen time using this new parental control product. Lock up and charge tablets, cell phones and games.

Ongoing campaigns

Crane Brewery: CrowdBrewed Rewards is a reward / donation crowdfunding platform for craft brewers and industry affiliates who want to raise money for their breweries, add new beers to their catalog, pitch a product and spread the word to the “crowd."

Daily DeedsDaily Deeds enables small donations to make a big impact. Your donation of $1 each day will be matched with donations from 10,000 other Daily Deeds donors and will be given to charitable projects in Kansas City. The best part is that only projects you like will get your $1, but we’ll send you a report that shows what the charity did with your donation.

Upcoming campaigns

HidrateOne of the new startups in the Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars, Hidrate aims to revolutionize how you hydrate with its smart water bottle that syncs to your phone to remind you to get your daily allotment of H2O.

Acre DesignsAcre designs and builds homes for the next generation: homes that fully embrace new technologies, processes and materials.  

Event is open but registration is required.

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