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LOCKDOWN START-UP TAKECVR LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN


Who says privacy has to be so boring?

LONDON, UK – A new privacy accessories start-up called takecvr (take cover, get it?), built in lockdown during the pandemic, has launched on Kickstarter with their, shall we say, gorgeous Macbook camera covers.

PR PEOPLE: “Sarah, all the angles you’ve listed for your press release aren’t news. No one will care.”

SARAH, FOUNDER OF TAKECVR: “But isn’t it fascinating that we built this whole company working from home while on lockdown in a pandemic?”

PR PEOPLE: “Not news.”

SARAH: “But now more than ever, people are working from home on their laptops and creating more opportunities to embarrass themselves in front of their cameras and letting hackers do their hacking thing. Didn’t you hear about that guy who showered in front of his whole company? We make a fun product that solves this problem.”

PR PEOPLE: “Yeah, still not news.”

SARAH: “But Apple just said that people shouldn’t use those ugly black slidey things to cover their camera because it will break their expensive laptops. Shouldn’t people know there’s another option?”

PR PEOPLE: “Hmmm… unfortunately not news.”

SARAH: “What if we raise a million pounds on Kickstarter?”

PR PEOPLE: “Wow, you raised a million pounds? That’s news.

SARAH: “Well, not yet, but it would help if we got some press to drive awareness for takecvr and the Kickstarter campaign.”

At takecvr, we make privacy accessories that aren’t ugly. Sound boring? We know. That’s half of what we are trying to fix, starting with some exciting Macbook camera covers. Also, not news. Yes, we know.

If for some reason, you want to write about this “not news” and help us get to that million pounds, here is our launch video, and here are some beauty shots.

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We are takecvr. We design privacy accessories with personality because we believe it’s not crazy to be serious about privacy and security AND have fun. We’re a pandemic start-up, comprised of just a handful of people (mostly unemployed), working from home (like many of you), in a business that launched in eight weeks. All because we believe our new normal doesn’t have to be boring or scary.

We’re getting started with our Macbook camera covers as it’s the biggest crime against design humanity. We’ve seen what folks have been using to cover their laptop camera – (tape, Post-It notes, cheap plastic).

Come join the fun on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/takecvr/takecvr

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Crowdfunding for growth to accommodate the future of sustainable travel


Market demands for a focus on more responsible travel are being met by working with local charities and planting trees.

UK company YellowWood Adventures Limited is ideally positioned for the bounce-back in international travel; specialising in small group adventures in remote locations including Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia & Ladakh.

Ahead of the curve in responsible practices, YellowWood partners with local charities to support the communities they travel through, including Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, Food Blessed in Lebanon and 17,000 Ft Foundation in Ladakh, Northern India.

They also plant 15 trees for everyone who takes an international flight to one of their adventures via partner charity WeForest.org.

Over half (55%) of global travellers report being more determined to make sustainable travel choices than they were a year ago, but barriers include a lack of knowledge and available or appealing options when trying to put this into practice.” – Booking.com’s 2019 sustainable travel report

Travellers are seeing how the slowdown of human travel due to the impact of the coronavirus has had an enormous positive effect on the environment, and this is also changing perceptions of how people wish to travel in the future.

YellowWood already has this infrastructure in place, and is currently crowdfunding to expand their team, to be able to provide more clients the type of sustainable, experiential travel they are looking for. They have already reached £38,000 with five weeks still remaining of the campaign.

UK travel magazine Wanderlust received 2,914 responses to their May 2020 travel survey, with the following two very encouraging statistics from their findings: 1) Over 60% of their travellers hope to travel this year & 2) Over 60% of travellers are looking to book their 2021 adventures this year.

The sustainable nature of YellowWood tours themselves; small groups creating a lower negative impact in off the beaten track destinations away from crowds, with local income generation, will be increasingly popular in post-covid tourism.

Website:
www.yellowwoodadventures.com

YellowWood’s crowdfunding link:
https://www.crowdcube.com/companies/yellowwood-adventures-limited/pitches/q4n8eZ

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Conspicuous Crowdfunding workshops set to give businesses a boost


START-UPS, individuals, charities, and entrepreneurs are being offered a unique chance to master the art of crowdfunding.

Ian James, managing director at Conspicuous Marketing, and Dave Kelly, who heads up Graphene Business Solutions, are running ‘Conspicuous Crowdfunding’ workshops to share the best ways to access this alternative financing resource.

Crowdfunding is a way of raising money from multiple smaller investors rather than a large contribution from a single source, such as a traditional bank loan.

Keynote speakers from legal, financial, sales, marketing and video production sectors will come together on the workshops to guide attendees through every stage of the crowdfunding process, including the different types available. Attendees will also take part in Q & A sessions with business owners who have been through the procedure, sometimes more than once.

Ian said: “There is a misconception that crowdfunding is simple, all you have to do is set up a crowdfunding page, create a pitch video, add a £50,000 target and watch the money come in. This is just not the case.

“The strategy is the most important part of a campaign. Mapping out each stage of the process and ensuring you have built a marketing communication plan often starting months before the campaign even begins.

“Our workshops bring together leading experts to share their knowledge and experience, enabling businesses, charities and individuals to launch their own campaigns.

“People have seen how successful BrewDog and Monzo have been. Even during this pandemic, individuals and businesses are still investing when they see the right opportunity as shown with Captain Tom Moore’s campaign that raised over £32 million!

“As banks are being so cautious about who they lend money to, businesses and charities need to review their strategy to focus on driving their business in the new world after lockdown.”

Dave explained that it had been frustrating to meet so many inspirational people with fantastic businesses or ideas that could not realise their potential – simply due to a lack of funds.

The pair are currently in discussion with a company that had tried to raise £250,000 on its own but fell well short, securing just £450 in three and a half weeks. And while the proposition was “phenomenal”, the pitch, the introduction and the video were “so wrong” that only friends and family ended up giving cash.

Dave added: “Crowdfunding enables entrepreneurs to get access to much-needed funding without being limited because they do not fulfil the box-checking criteria most commercial lenders use.

“We are passionate about supporting these business leaders to harness those ideas and turn them into a reality as this can only foster positive implications for the community around them.”

Participants complete a questionnaire before the start of the course, allowing Ian, Dave and the team to offer tailored advice to individuals as the program goes on.

The main course takes place at over three half days (8.30am – 1.30pm) on the Zoom platform (June 16, 18 and 23), at a cost of £295 + VAT.

In addition, the founders of Conspicuous Crowdfunding, together with Tech Manchester, are offering a free 90-minute Q&A at 10.30am on June 30. The session which will give start-ups a taster of the crowdfunding process, with five key areas to build their strategy on.

Places for both courses are limited and can be booked on Eventbrite.


For more information, contact:

Ian James on 07971883093 or Dave Kelly on 07866149574

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IX Water Launches SEC Regulated Crowdfunding for Products to Treat Wastewater Produced by Oil and Gas Industry


Golden, Colorado USA— IX Power Clean Water, Inc. announced today that it is raising funds through an SEC-regulated crowdfunding campaign on StartEngine (StartEngine.com/Ix-Water) to enter the market with its machines that clean highly contaminated water produced by oil and gas recovery, mining, and other industries.

The oil and gas industry generates 150 billion barrels of natural wastewater each year. IX Water’s advanced system treats a wide variety of dangerous pollutants in industrial wastewater such as organic hydrocarbons, heavy metals, and dissolved salts, which are all hazardous to human health.

Instead of disposing of the toxic water underground or in surface ponds, or treating it with even more chemicals, IX Water cleans the water so it can be used again. The cleaned water meets or beats the stringent standards set in the U.S., European Union, and China.

Oil and gas companies currently spend $75 billion per year to treat naturally produced wastewater. IX Water costs at least 50 percent less than traditional treatment and disposal methods and it creates a new source of clean water for reuse by industry, recycled for other uses, or discharged to the environment. IX Water’s goal is to provide clean water for 50 cents to $1 per barrel.

The technology was invented by scientists at the world-renowned Los Alamos National Laboratory in a unique collaboration with New Mexico Tech and the University of Texas to provide an economical, efficient, and complete system to treat oil and gas produced water.

To learn about the raise, visit www.StartEngine.com/Ix-Water

— IX —

About IX Power Clean Water

IX Power Clean Water, Inc. was founded by IX Power LLC, a technology commercialization and product development firm spun-out from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Offices for IX Power Clean Water are located in Golden, Colorado, and Dalian, China. Visit https://IxWater.com/

About StartEngine

StartEngine is the largest equity crowdfunding platform in the US and the first mover in the industry. They have raised over $125 million for over 300 businesses on their platform to date and helped more companies raise capital than any other platform. StartEngine is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) as a funding portal and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). Investing involves the risk of loss. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Investments in private companies are particularly risky and you should only consider investing if you can afford to lose your entire investment and are willing to live with the ups and downs with the industry in which you invest. www.StartEngine.com

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Is Crowdfunding the way forward for small businesses to survive


Banjaraa owner Ajay Sabharwal, famous for his orange horsebox at local events has been forced to close his business during the lockdown. Along with many other event & outside catering businesses, it is heartbreaking to see all the hard work and determination put into their business to be forced to close overnight and many of their summer events cancelled.

Banjaraa now in its second full year of business was set to have the best year yet, fully booked throughout summer. Events included Burghley fine food markets, St Botolph’s on the green, Baston car show, Bourne festival, Langtoft music festival, Rockingham festival, Oundle food festival, Cambridge festival and private bookings for weddings and corporate events.

Ajay spent many hours researching the Crowdfunding initiative and whether it could work for his business to get him through the lockdown and help towards keeping the company afloat. Crowdfunder is creating a new way of working for companies with 100% free crowdfunding during the coronavirus crisis as a part of their #payitforward campaign.

Ajay’s solution is to offer great rewards that people can use in the future, including fantastic offers on Banjaraa’s fat boy Indian wraps by rewarding people with savings on the regular price.

Ajay has also come up with a reward which can be used during this lockdown period where he will teach you how to make the perfect masala. There are some great options for prospective private and corporate clients too. Once this is all over, the corporates might want to thank their employees or customers. This is where Banjaraa can step in – bringing their horsebox to the workplace and serving awesome wraps and rice boxes.

Ajay said: “2020 was set to be our biggest year yet. We were fully booked across multiple events throughout the summer and had begun to scout locations for our new permanent base, the Banjaraa deli. The rapid spread and subsequent lockdown due to this crisis have decimated our income stream, and it’s just been heartbreaking! We are not looking for charity, but assistance to get us through this uncertain and difficult period. As soon as we are fully operational, we will share with you how we intend to pay forward the kindness we’ve received. This is going to be something extra from us and will involve food.”

So far, Banjaraa has had a great start with over 10% of the target already achieved on day one from his local fans and friends. May be crowdfunding with giving rewards is one of the solutions for small businesses who cannot get help exactly when it is needed and who have slipped through the support available.

Whichever reward people choose will directly contribute to Banjaraa weathering this storm. If people can help in purchasing rewards, this will help Ajay sustain Banjaraa over this period. There is no expiry date on the rewards Banjaraa will be paid forward.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/banjaraa-needs-your-support

 www.banjaraa.co.uk

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CROWDFUNDING STARTUP, BEAUTY BACKER, INTRODUCES NEW “COVAID” CATEGORY ALLOWING SMALL BUSINESSES, IMPACTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS, TO COLLECT DONATIONS WITH ZERO FEES.


[Austin, TX]: Beauty Backer today announced COVaid, a new category on its crowdfunding platform. COVaid provides access to zero-fee fundraising for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups to keep their businesses afloat as the world fights the Coronavirus and offers a way for communities to support local small businesses.

Beauty Backer is a reward-based crowdfunding platform exclusively for cosmetics and personal care campaigns. To help other small businesses, who may not qualify for other forms of COVID-19 funding, Beauty Backer created a new category and made it accessible to all!

COVaid is a donation-based category on Beauty Backer, open to small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups of all industries – brick and mortar, direct-to-consumer and online. Jacqueline Gutierrez, CEO of Beauty Backer states: “We’ve carved out a very specific place for small business owners to raise funds without paying fees, we don’t want it to be difficult to get the support you need, we want to make it as easy as possible.”

Beauty Backer is not collecting any fees on contributions to businesses made through COVaid, however, Stripe processing fees will still apply. Gutierrez has reached out to Stripe, without response, to partner on this initiative in hopes that they will waive their processing fees.

COVaid allows these businesses to quickly set up a crowdfunding campaign and start collecting donations from family, friends, loyal customers and anyone else who wants to keep local businesses functioning, and serving the community, when social restrictions are lifted. Gutierrez says: “We want to be sure that our favorite hair salon, pizzeria or bakery is ready, willing and able to reopen when all of this is over. That they are able to raise the funds they need and keep 100% of the contributions.”

Campaign creators are verified by Trulioo, an external 3rd party verification company, before they are approved to launch a campaign to avoid potential fraud risks. Contributors should support local businesses or known brands and conduct their own due diligence to ensure safe transactions.

“This is an opportunity to help your neighbors. The longer they go without support, the more likely these businesses will close their doors and never reopen them, we’re trying to prevent that from happening.”  – Jacqueline Gutierrez, CEO – Beauty Backer.

Features and benefits of COVaid include.

  • Dedicated category for businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19
  • Donation only category, no reward creation required.
  • Beauty Backer fees will not be applied to COVaid campaign

COVaid will be available starting March 26, 2020 – July 31st, 2020, for all legitimate businesses in the US and UK. For more information on COVaid, visit covaid.beautybacker.co

About Us: Beauty Backer is a reward-based crowdfunding platform exclusively for early-stage Cosmetic and Personal care brands and entrepreneurs. Our vision is to enable these startups with access to crowdfunding resources, designed for their industry, so they can scale their business while exposing beauty enthusiasts to up and coming, exciting products that align with their values.

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Facebook – /BeautyBacker

Instagram – @beautybacker

Twitter – @beauty_backer

Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/company/beauty-backer

 

#BeautyBacker #COVaid #COVaidsupportSB #SupportSmallBusiness #COVaidforLocalBiz

 

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CROWD FOR ANGELS SEES SIGNIFICANT GROWTH SINCE BOND OFFERING AND ICO

Crowd for Angels, one of the UK’s leading crowdfunding platforms for shares, crowd bonds and tokens, is delighted to announce it has seen significant growth and corporate progress since the successful Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of its ANGEL tokens in March and as a result of its ongoing Liquid Crypto Bond issue.

Funds raised from the bond have started to be invested in a variety of crowd bond issues listed on the Crowd for Angels platform, helping a range of small businesses to finance the next stage of their growth plans. In recent weeks, car rental business JamJar successfully raised £103,196 on the platform by issuing an 8%, 15 month crowd bond, with Crowd for Angels also investing in the issue.

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Image of ANGEL Token

Launched at the end of 2017, the company’s bond issue and ICO will see up to 5 billion “ANGEL tokens” issued to investors. The tokens are being issued as a reward for investing in the bonds and, to provide liquidity, have been listed on crypto currency exchange GetBTC.The tokens are currently trading at a price of 1,680,000 ANGEL tokens to 1 Bitcoin.

As part of the ICO strategy, the tokens are also being used as a marketing tool, rewarding investors for engaging with the Crowd for Angels platform, advertising and media. Using various token based marketing strategies, Crowd for Angels has risen to third place in the most visited UK crowdfunding platforms (according to Alexa.com) after seeing website visitor figures grow by 290% between March and the end of May this year. Attracted by token rewards, investors recently provided the company with valuable data, with a survey of investment attitudes attracting over 1,300 responses. In addition, the experience gained during its ICO has led Crowd for Angels to offer new products and services including crypto backed bonds, private sales for tokens and seed capital for crypto companies.

Tony De Nazareth, CEO & Founder of Crowd for Angels, commented: “We are delighted that the successful Initial Coin Offering has progressed as planned. The ANGEL tokens themselves have been well received by investors, provided us with new, cost efficient ways to market our services and provided the backbone of new product launches. We look forward to reporting on further growth in the coming weeks and months.”

About Crowd for Angels

 At Crowd for Angels, Our goal is to bring innovative and appealing products to investors and to provide funding for companies throughout their growth cycle. We help companies raise funds through the issue of shares and bonds on our regulated crowdfunding platform.

Our investors get the opportunity to invest in shares in a tax efficient manner through the use of SEIS/EIS tax relief and through bonds that can be held in a tax free IF-ISA wrapper. We never charge our investors any fees and companies looking for investment only pay if the funding is a success.

RISK WARNING

Investing in small public listed or private companies involves risks, including illiquidity, lack of dividends, loss of investment and dilution, and it should be done only as part of a diversified portfolio. Investing in debt pitches through Crowd for Angels (UK) Limited involves lending to companies and therefore your capital is at risk and interest payments are not guaranteed if the borrower defaults. Crowd for Angels is targeted exclusively at investors who are sufficiently sophisticated to understand these risks and make their own Investment Decisions. You will only be able to invest via Crowd for Angels once you are authorised.  Please click here to read the full Risk Warning.

 This press release has been approved as a Financial Promotion by Crowd for Angels (UK) Limited (Company number: 03064807), which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Reference number: 176508). Investments made in companies listed on the Crowd for Angels platform are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

Tokens and cryptocurrencies are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and therefore investors do not have recourse to the Financial Ombudsman Service or the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

The prices of virtual goods and products, like real goods and products, constantly fluctuate over time. Any currency, virtual or otherwise, could be subject to large swings in value and at any time might become worthless. As such, the value of your holding may increase or decrease over time.

Crowdfunding Platform For Social Media Pages

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Fund My Page is a new crowdfunding platform designed to help social media page owners monetise their content by raising funds from their fans. Many social media pages have been stuck in a limbo for a long time, not knowing how to generate a sustainable revenue stream for doing what they love best.

Creating digital content is not easy. It takes hundreds of hours to continuously produce amazing content. There are also many costs involved that people are not aware about such as image, music and stock footage licenses.

Fund My Page has been created to help social media pages take their work to the next level by running powerful crowdfunding campaigns so that they can take their social media pages to the next level.

What’s unique about fundmypage.com is that it not only allows you to launch campaigns but is actively involved in helping campaigns promote themselves by providing free promotional content. Each campaign has a “promotional toolbox” where the company adds free marketing material to aid their campaign efforts.

If you run a Facebook page, Twitter account or Instagram channel, you can now monetise your pages using the Fund My Page platform. It is designed exclusively for social media pages, blogs and websites. The platform takes a 5% platform fee and 3% payment processing fee.

The benefit of Fundmypage.com over other crowdfunding platforms is that it allows campaign owners to collect their funds at anytime of their campaign even if they do not reach their target. This is a huge game-changer to the crowdfunding industry.

Based in the UK, Fund My Page allows social media users all over the world to use their platform. Users can choose the currency in which they wish to collect funds. Each campaign can also add perky rewards that provide a goodwill gesture for campaign backers.

Crowdfunding has become a major source of revenue for creative artists who often lack the funds to produce content. Millions of pounds are raised everyday to help startups realise their dreams.