If I asked you to list where the next big innovation hub on the east cost of the US will be, chances are Jacksonville, FL wouldn’t be one in your top three.
However, One Spark, inspired by SXSW and Kickstarter threatens to change that:
For five days in April 2013, Creators from around the globe will showcase art and innovation for a chance to score funding via:
- $250,000 crowdfund (distributed by public vote)
- Up to $1 million in capital investments (courtesy of STACHE Investments Corp.)
- Immediate individual contributions (any amount, any project)
While comparison pitches don’t do it for me, this event is interesting for a number of reasons. First, it’s only 4 hours from where I live. Second, it’s backed by some pretty serious money. Third, it’s open to everyone who creates anything. From the One Spark web site:
What are you working on? Share your ideas and projects with the world by registering for One Spark 2013. One Spark connects you with the audience, support, and funding you need to take your work to the next level and beyond.
It dawned on me that anyone who is even remotely invested in an idea or a side project would be crazy not to take advantage of the opportunity to register as a creator for this event.
A built-in deadline. MVP’s can be put together fast, One Spark is 2.5 months from today.
Concentration of early adopters. Early adopters aren’t only helpful, they are critical to launching your product. They will participate even when it’s not complete enough to meet the needs of your target market so you can get feedback.
Connect with like-minded individuals. Artists, musicians and other creators.