Are you a struggling artist of any kind and need funding to get an idea/invention/project off the ground? Here’s a couple of Australian companies I’ve checked out that may be able to help you…
1. Pozible (Pozible.com)
An Australian company founded by Rick Chen and Alan Crabbe who saw a hole in the market where their artist friends were finding it hard to secure funding for their projects.
Pozible is a crowdfunding platform and community for creative projects and ideas. Developed for artists, musicians, filmmakers, journalists, designers, social change makers, entrepreneurs, inventors, event organisers, software developers and all creative minded people to raise funds, realise their aspirations and make great things possible.
One of Pozible’s current project that is proudly supported by myself is by an artist named Konii C Burns, a 38 year old independent visual artist, sole parent and clinical depression/suicide survivor for 25 years. Konii holds a Diploma of Visual Arts and is currently untaking a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts.
Konii is seeking funding for her project ”Atrabilious: Depression of the Spirit” which is a 20m x 160m charcoal drawing that brings awareness to mental illness, depression and suicide.
This work will be exhibitied through the Dax Centre, Melbourne during the month of October 2012.
Please take the time to support Konii and her vision for bringing awareness to mental health…donations can be as little as $1.
You can connect with Konii on facebook https://www.facebook.com/koniicburns
Another Pozible project which is worth taking a look at and supporting is Fee Plumely’s www.reallybigroadtrip.com. You can find the link to support Fee and her amazing adventure on her website.
reallybigroadtrip is an experiment in living and breathing creative digital culture. The plan is to get a bus and drive it around Australia, making and sharing geek arts with everyone that I meet. It’s an artwork and research project, plus a home / studio / workshop / exhibition / screening and collaboration space, all wrapped up in one big bus.
2. iPledge (iPledge.com)
Andy Tompkins is the originator of the iPledg platform. He is a Chartered Accountant from the UK and migrated to Australia in Jan, 2010. Andy is also a panel member for the Queensland Government’s Mentoring for Growth Program, assisting small businesses. It was on one of these panels that he met Bryan Vadas.
Even at high school, Bryan demonstrated entrepreneurial flair and a commercial astuteness beyond his years and was the recipient of the Young Achievers Australia Award in 1982. Using his broad based skills he has assisted business start-ups right through to multi-nationals who require business transformation solutions.
Both Andy and Bryan have considerable experience in the corporate world, and both have seen entrepreneurs with great ideas that could not get their projects completed (or even begun in some circumstances) due to a lack of funding.
Whether the projects are creative, commercial, charitable or community focused, iPledg is another platform on which to post a project and engage your network to pledge their support.
3. StartSomeGood (StartSomeGood.com)
This crowdfunding model — which is growing in popularity world-wide — is customised to reflect the unique needs of social entrepreneurs. There are plenty of problems in the world, and no shortage of people with ideas to address them, yet they lack the resources that they need to get started.
Co-founder Alex Budak has spoken on social entrepreneurship at the White House, World Bank and leading universities, is a member of the Sandbox Network, a YouthActionNet fellow and a StartingBloc fellow.
Co-founder Tom Dawkins is a serial social entrepreneur and the Australian member of the StartSomeGood team. He previously founded Vibewire and was the first Social Media Director at Ashoka.
StartSomeGood provides social entrepreneurs with a platform to raise start-up funds and build a community of supporters — all in a fun, engaging and community-driven way.
There’s an event being held in Richmond, Victoria, where you can find out the secrets, victories and pitfalls from the people who have had projects funded by these crowdfunding platforms, so you’ll learn how you can crowdfund your startup.
There will be other events if you can’t make this one… just check out the eventbrite website below.
Thursday, 11 October 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST) Richmond, VIC
For information – click this link >>>> http://startfund.eventbrite.com.au/