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Creator registration opens for One Spark 2014

one spark image for brians letterCreator registration kicked off for One Spark 2014 on Sunday, December 1, 2013 with 75 creator projects registered in the first 48 hours, a 142% increase over the same time period last year. One Spark’s website also saw a 438% increase in traffic compared to the same time period last year.

One Spark 2014 is on pace to attract well over 500 projects seeking resources to make their ideas a reality from around the world. Creator registration for One Spark 2014 began December 1, 2013 and ends January 31, 2014. Interested creators can get more information and register at www.BeOneSpark.com.

Last year, more than 900 creators with 406 different projects in the areas of art, music, science and technology participated in the inaugural One Spark, The World’s Crowdfunding Festival, where a $250,000 crowdfund was distributed and creator projects received over $1 million in investment funding and public contributions via in-person crowdfunding.

One Spark has created a unique platform that that provides opportunities to connect creators with the many different resources they need to be successful. From the feedback of One Spark 2013 creators, here are the top five reasons why you should enter your project into One Spark 2014:

1. Receiving immediate market feedback/validation. Last year, 130,000 people attended One Spark over the five-day festival. After One Spark 2013, 40 percent of One Spark 2013 creators surveyed cited interacting with people interested in their project as the greatest benefit of participating. Market research in real time helped validate creators’ ideas, leading some to take the next steps to make their projects a reality. Feedback, such as positive or negative reactions to a product or idea from attendees, also helped creators develop or further refine their projects.

2. Building brand awareness. Tens of thousands of attendees, bloggers, journalists and opinion leaders descend on downtown Jacksonville for the five days of One Spark, and 33 percent of 2013 creators surveyed said the additional awareness and publicity for their projects was the top benefit from One Spark 2013. One Spark 2013 creators received tens of thousands of dollars in publicity value from earned media before, during and after the festival that helped them build their brands.

3. Connecting to human capital. Creating the next big thing takes a team of dedicated and talented people. To make projects a reality, creators might need web designers, investors, promoters, video producers, social media marketers, etc. One Spark provides an event that brings creatives from all over the world together for five days, where networking and connecting opportunities abound at lounges and after hours venues. About 14 percent of One Spark 2013 creators surveyed said that connecting with other creators was the greatest benefit to participating in One Spark 2013.

4. Securing early-stage funding. One Spark’s platform provides many avenues for helping creators connect with the financial resources they need to make their projects a reality:

  • One Spark 2014 has a $300,000 awards structure with a $200,000 crowdfund distributed by popular vote, $10,000 juried prizes and $10,000 prizes for top vote-getters in each of the five categories – art, innovation, music, science and technology.
  • Attendees or backers from anywhere in the world can directly fund creator projects through in-person crowdfunding using www.BeOneSpark.com. The project that receives the most individual contributions through the One Spark website will be awarded an additional $10,000.
  • Millions of dollars in potential capital investments will be available from multiple investors and venture capitalists at One Spark 2014. Last year, Shad Khan’s (owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars) investment firm, STACHE Investments, invested over $1 million in five One Spark 2013 creator projects.

5. Growing the startup ecosystem. Shortly after One Spark 2013 ended, KYN, a business accelerator and apprenticeship program backed by Shad Khan’s STACHE Investments Corporation opened its doors. KYN offers seed funding, design development, launch services and mentors to promising startups. KYN chose four promising One Spark 2013 creator projects for its inaugural class. Those KYN startups, along with One Spark and Healthbox participants, CoWork Jax members and many supporting partners continue to grow a strong startup ecosystem, laying the groundwork for more startups coming down the pipeline from all over the world.

About One Spark: One Spark, The World’s Crowdfunding Festival, is committed to fostering environments of creativity and innovation by showcasing artists, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world for five days every spring in downtown Jacksonville, Fla. Creators are provided a platform to connect their ideas with resources to make it happen. The festival is an interactive experience that allows attendees to support ideas and projects that inspire them and decide on the next big thing. One Spark 2014 will be held April 9-13, 2014. One Spark 2014 has also been selected for A&E’s PROJECT STARTUP. To learn more or sign up to be a creator or volunteer, visit BeOneSpark.com.

About KYN: KYN is a relationship focused accelerator and apprenticeship program located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, Florida. We are entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, and leaders passionate for creating impactful, sustainable companies. Visit http://.kyn.is for more information.

About STACHE Investments Corporation: In an effort to help the community, Mr. Khan formed the STACHE Investments Corporation to support business people in the area hoping to help them grow their businesses and provide new employment opportunities for people in the Greater Jacksonville area.


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