One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, announced today that 555 official One Spark 2015 projects in art, education, health & science, music, social good and technology will showcase in 71 downtown venues at the April 7–12, 2015 festival. To view all the official 2015 projects, visit https://www.onespark.com/festival/2015/projects.
Of the 555 projects, 29 percent are based outside of Duval County this year, an increase from 23 percent last year. Of those, 40 are based outside of Florida and from as far away as Palo Alto, Calif., New York City, N.Y. and Chicago, Ill. The technology category saw the biggest increase, going from 88 projects entered in 2014 to 127 technology projects entered this year, a 44 percent increase. The new social good category is the festival’s largest, with 134 projects entered. Projects broken down by category are: art, 88; education, 70; health & science, 53; music, 82; social good, 135; and technology, 127.
“We’re excited to welcome more technology projects and more creators from outside of the region to One Spark 2015,” said One Spark CEO Elton Rivas. “Each year the quality of creator projects continues to increase. One Spark is becoming more visible on both the national and international level, and we look forward to giving both attendees and creators a great experience at One Spark in downtown Jacksonville again this year.”
For the first time ever, One Spark participants, known as creators, will be able to offer rewards for direct contributions to their projects. Creators also have the option to run their crowdfunding campaigns on onespark.com for up to 30 days and receive contributions from backers anywhere in the world while their campaign is live, similar to other online crowdfunding platforms.
One Spark 2015 creator projects have the opportunity to showcase in front of and receive immediate market feedback and validation from 265,000-plus expected attendees. Projects will be competing for $350,000 in crowdfunding and awards, direct contributions from attendees and $3.5 million in potential capital investment. Visit onespark.com for details.
About One Spark: One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, is committed to fostering environments of creativity and innovation by connecting artists, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world with the human and capital resources they need to launch ideas. The One Spark festival is an interactive experience that allows attendees to support ideas and projects that inspire them via voting and direct contributions and decide on the next big thing. One Spark Jacksonville 2015 takes place April 7 – 12, 2015 in downtown Jacksonville, Fla.