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Kickstarter at the RSA
The popularity of crowdfunding is increasing exponentially. There is a
constant stream of new platforms being launched and they are attracting
thousands of enterprises, social economy organisations and individuals
looking for funding of a few hundred pounds to trillions of dollars to
create death stars!
Society of arts, RSA, has launched a crowdfunding platform curated
specially for its members within the Kickstarter platform.
The RSA has been
running a number of events to inform members of the possibilities and to
pilot a number of social enterprise projects, participating in the Catalyst Programme to raise finance from
together with Ed Whiting from NESTA, participated in a workshop on the
16th of October – giving 6 projects some general advice and then specific
pointers to their individual projects.
Uday had a
number of pointers for the RSA members:
- Raising finance through crowdfunding is not a
- You need to plan – it is a campaign
- Make sure you have your own supporters – the
platform will not magic them up for you
- The project has to show that it will create
change and why this change is needed
- You need to demonstrate value
- You need to have thought about sustainability
- You need to make supporters lifetime givers –
Excite them! Engage them! Make them feel good!
Uday will be
participating in a further workshop at the RSA on the 14th of November
Red Ochre have
been quoted in the latest edition of the RSA journal. See the latest
issue for some of our thinking on crowdfunding and crowdsourcing.
partner BuzzBnk has been taking on food and farming-related projects
since its inception, with charities and social enterprises looking at
alternative, environmentally sustainable ways to bring healthy food to
the table. Click here to learn more about the projects
they are supporting and how you can get invovled.
China Private Foundations Forum visit
From the 5th-16th November, Robert will be lecturing in China on social
enterprise, social impact and social investment. To keep up with Robert's
university visits with the British Council China, and discussions
with the CPFF remember to follow Robert's blog.
Ochre is now an associate member of the National Enterprise Network. NEN is a
national membership organisation dedicated to the support and development
are pleased to be able to share with you the news that one of our
clients, shutl - the same day delivery company has been bought by EBay.
Click here for more details.
The Samosa, a new and culture media
project, has with The RSA launched Pakistan Calling, a film project to
promote cross-cultural dialogue. The films depict Pakistani civil society
organisations attempting to tackle the country's many problems and also
Pakistan's many links with Britain. If you would like to contribute or be
involved then please get in touch, or visit the website.
Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation
is offering entrepreneurs a range of facilities a few minutes from
Waterloo Station. The Centre is particularly keen to attract social
economy organisations and has some tempting offers until the ends of the
office space availability
House has a fabulous large mixed use space available from January 2014.
All rooms have natural light including wonderful views across Weaver’s
Fields, (London E2). To get more details contact John Ryan.
Red Ochre training
Don't forget our upcoming training.
Understanding and Quantifying Your Social Value
When: 21st november
Where: DSC, Euston, London NW1 2DP
Robert will be
running an interactive full-day workshop that will provide delegates with
the tools to understand and quantify the value they create. Click here for more details and to book.
When: 20th November
Where: City Business Library, Guildhall, London
Robert will be running a brief introduction to crowd funding and crowd
sourcing for blended value businesses.Click here for more details or to book.