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In this Newsletter:

  1. Mercyhurst Quickstarter and the Rise of Erie Crowdfunding
  2. Support These Kickstarter Campaigns: reCAP EXPLORE, Unearth, and The Juice Jar!
  3. Informational Events for Entrepreneurs: Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum, Mind Your Art Business, and more ... 

Erie and the Rise of Crowdfunding

Mercyhurst's Quickstarter: Recently, Erie has seen the rise of many successfully launched crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter. This is largely due to the behind the scenes efforts of the Mercyhurst Quickstarter program, founded by social entrepreneur and Intelligence Studies Professor Kris Wheaton. The program prepares local, potential, and existing entrepreneurs to launch effective Kickstarter campaigns. Mercyhurst's Quickstarter is funded in part by a grant from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority's Ignite Erie Initiative

reCAP Mason Jars EXPLORE Reaches Funding Goal! 

reCAP Explore: Goin' Explorin' with reCAP is a modern twist for kids (& kids at heart) to explore nature in a Mason jar. This project includes reCAP EXPLORE, Goin' Explorin' storybook, and downloadable activity book. There are still a few hours left to support! (Support Now!

Support Other Local Kickstarter Campaigns!

Unearth: Lyons Den Productions
Unearth: John C. Lyons raised more than $7,000 in 48 hours for his feature film Unearth. Since launch, the project has received a tweet from Chuck Palahniuk, recognition on Kickstarter's Recommended Film Project's list, and a host of other media attention, which can be found here. (Support Now!)
Mentor Capital Network: Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs
Erie Entrepreneur and Cofounder of Radius CoWork, Sean Fedorko, has worked with the Mentor Capital Network. He has this to say: "I have worked with the MCN on four rounds of business plan evaluations and I have been continually impressed at the breadth of companies operating around the globe that have built profitable businesses by addressing social problems." 

The Mentor Capital Network is holding its annual competition for social entrepreneurs. If you are launching or growing a for-profit company where your social, environmental, and/or cultural mission strengthens your financial margins, then consider applying to the William James Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration

For more information, feel free to contact Sean
Venture Investment Forum: Information for Startups

Obtaining support to launch new businesses can feel infinitely complex. Thankfully, local entrepreneurial support agencies have regular opportunities to learn about different stages of the startup process.

Ben Franklin's Venture Investment Forum through the eMarketing Learning Center will offer informational events on: 
The Juice Jar: Heidi Lutz
The Juice Jar: Heidi Lutz is raising funds to open The Juice Jar, which will serve cold-pressed juices, smoothies, healthy snacks, wellness consultations, and healthy education classes.  Heidi is off to a tremendous start with over $5,000 raised and over 50 backers! Let's get healthy Erie!! (Support Now!
Mind your Art Business Workshop

"Spinning your wheels trying to profit from your art business? The Detroit Art and Business Institute is offering a special, half-day workshop crafted specifically for artists, makers and designers contemplating a business or working their startup. Topics will include, detailing your mission, costing your art, merchandising, sales and promotional materials." Click here to register for Mind Your Art Business Workshop. 
Impact Capital Conference: 200 for 200 

IMPACT Capital Conference is running a special for entrepreneurs to attend the event on November 3rd and 4th. The first 200 entrepreneurs to sign up can go to the full 2015 Capital Conference for $200.

The Impact Capital Conference in Philadelphia is the oldest, most established venture conference in the Northeast. IMPACT draws more than 1,000 participants and has been the catalyst for billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success. 
Gannon Small Business Development Center Oct. Programming

The SBDC has regular monthly programming to assist small businesses. Gannon's SBDC has two seminars remaining in the month of October related to social media and branding. For more information and to register, please click here.

Upcoming Events



Date: November 14th, 2015
Time: 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Please visit the event's webpage for more information.


The Disrupt Erie Awards Presented by the Innovation Collaborative

Date: November 18th, 2015
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Headliner Speaker: Thom Ruhe, CEO of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and former VP of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation
Learn more about the event and purchase tickets.

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