We’re gearing up for Access to Capital Seattle, our fourth stop on the Money to Mainstreet tour. This will be the last event of 2013, and it is exciting to reflect on the successful events under our belt. We were in Atlanta in August and were fortunate to have a very unique crowdfunding panel thanks to Georgia’s intrastate crowdfunding exemption—the Invest Georgia Exemption, which allows Georgia businesses to raise up to $1 million from other Georgia residents.
SparkMarket’s Jeff Bekiares was on our crowdfunding panel to share the company’s vision with the event attendees and the potential for crowdfunded businesses. And now, less than two months after the event, we are excited to share that SparkMarket formally launched their web site and first crowdfunding campaign yesterday, Oct. 3.
“After more than a year of hard work, SparkMarket launched the full front-facing portion of its website today,” said Bekiares. “SparkMarket hopes that it’s platform will be a space for the creation of and collaboration on great ideas in the State of Georgia, and will serve as a model for how small and emerging enterprises can access capital from their communities by reaching the “new investor class.”
SparkMarket’s campaign is for Bohemian Guitars, whose CEO Adam Lee joined Bekiares on our crowdfunding panel. He and his brother had a vision to create sustainably made, stylish and affordable musical instruments. Watch their story here.
“Bohemian Guitars is looking for partners who share our core values and our vision for our brand, and we are excited to embark this journey with SparkMarket,” said Lee.
The Access to Capital events in Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta have exposed us to these stories of success that come from alternative lenders whose models are more suitable for many startups, and we look forward to linking Seattle business owners with lenders whose models match up with theirs.
Congratulations to SparkMarket and Bohemian Guitars!