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Make your idea happen: Jumpstart 2018

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Make your idea happen in 2018 with Crowdfunder.

You might be wondering how you can take advantage of the opportunities that crowdfunding presents - boosting your profile, connecting with your community and raising funds all at the same time. Well, we’ll let you in on a little secret. We've worked with hundreds of groups, businesses and individuals, helping them to raise over £45million - and we've learnt a thing or two along the way.

With our team of crowdfunding professionals and also individuals who have seen incredible success with their own projects, we’re about to spill all and we want to invite you along to get the latest scoop in our brand new webinar series.

This three-part series of online crowdfunding workshops will explore each of the key topics that you need to be clued up on to get going. The focus will be on crowdfunding for community businesses and social enterprise, but please don't be put off if you're running a different kind of project! These workshops will be relevant for anyone who is thinking about crowdfunding, so please do come along.


1. Getting ready to crowdfund @ 12pm Weds 10th January
2. Creating your Crowdfunder page @ 12pm Weds 17th January
3. Launching and promoting your Crowdfunder project @ 12pm Weds 24th January

What's involved?

Each of the three online workshop is broadcast LIVE via YouTube from Crowdfunder HQ, hosted by Sami Mauger, Head of Coaching & Project Innovation. Simply click one of links detailed below to join the session. You do not need a YouTube account to watch, but you will need to login if you'd like to contribute to the live chat.

For the full lowdown we recommend joining all three sessions, but you can choose to watch just one or two of them if you'd prefer.

Can't join us live?

Don't worry if you miss one of the live sessions. We know that our Crowdfunders have busy schedules, so all of our online workshops are recorded. You'll be able to watch it back any of the sessions in your own time by clicking the same link.

Downloadable guides

There is a short PDF guide related to each of the three key topics. You can find these below.

It's a good idea to download and read through each guide before joining the online workshop. Using the guides and advice in the webinars, you'll be confident in planning, creating and running your own Crowdfunder project.

Online workshops


In this first session, we'll introduce how rewards based crowdfunding works and look the other benefits, aside from the money. Our experts will show you how to start planning your Crowdfunder project and building a strong foundation for your campaign. We'll also look at:

  • Creating your own unique project plan
  • Mapping your network
  • Growing your Crowd
  • Getting the most out of your Crowd
  • Understanding why people support Crowdfunder projects
  • The skills you'll need to Crowdfund successfully
  • Applying for extra funding from Crowdfunder's partners

We'll be joined by Emma from 55 East, who'll share her experiences after raising over £20,000 with Crowdfunder in December 2017.

You can download the first part of our crowdfunding guide to accompany the online workshop below. Inside you'll find a crowdfunding checklist, template network map and lots of other useful bits and pieces.

Download Part 1


Next we'll look at all the elements of a perfect Crowdfunder project, with insider tips on making your page shine. Our crowdfunding coaches will reveal their favourite rewards and highlight common mistakes. We'll also focus on :

  • Choosing the right title
  • Telling your story
  • Using visual texture
  • Creating a video
  • Rewarding your Crowd
  • Setting your target and deadline

We'll be joined by Max from Tap Social Movement who'll share his advice on building the perfect page. Join the live webinar session or watch it back later for the inside scoop on making your page stand out to the Crowd.

Stay on track with the second part of our crowdfunding guide below. Inside you'll find example projects, a written description structure template, along with a formula for working out if your target is realistic.

Download Part 2


In this final episode we're getting ready to launch. Our crowdfunding pros will introduce the fundamental and proven strategies for success, with practical advice on promoting your project. The areas we'll focus on will include:

  • Using different communication channels
  • Warming up your Crowd
  • Building your launch strategy
  • Tailoring your messages
  • Sending emails
  • Using social media
  • Keeping backers engaged

Again we'll be joined by a successful project, who'll share their top tips after smashing through their target on Crowdfunder. Join the live webinar session or watch it back later for our top tips on connecting with your Crowd.

Complete your journey with the final part of our crowdfunding guide below. Inside there's a communication plan tempate, along with essential advice for spreading the word and reading the data on your live project dashboard.

Download Part 3

Raising money for ideas

Crowdfunder is a community of people who are funding the change they want to see.

Together we have funded business ideas, charities, community groups, sports clubs, political movements and much more.

We believe that people should be empowered to turn their ideas into reality, and by unlocking funding from the crowd we can unlock a beautiful future.

When the crowd comes together, great things happen.

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