Fundsurfer.com the Bristol based hybrid crowdfunding platform held its official launch event at the Engine shed. The event was well attended with a range of interested parties looking at crowdfunding as an alternative source of funding for their creative and social projects.
The order of the evening was relaxed informal networking with a short presentation introducing Fundsurfer from co-founder and CEO Oliver Mochizuki. He was also joined by Amy Morse a local writer who launched her first crowdfunding campaign on Fundsurfer to publish her novel titled “Solomon's Secrets” and to celebrate it by putting on an event that showcases Bristol creative talent.
Amy Morse said,
“I attended a Bristol Creatives networking event two weeks and met Oliver and Derek who gave a presentation on crowdfunding. I felt really inspired and thought it would be perfect to crowdfund my next two books on Fundsurfer. I’m really excited!”
It will be interesting to see what happens next with the platform as they are in discussions to raise investment and to move to the next phase in their development.
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Co-founder Derek Ahmedzai said,
“It was wonderful to have so many people attend our launch and it was great to hear about their interest in Fundsurfer, we want to make crowdfunding simple while providing additional support and services to our users and I think that message really connected with everyone.
Crowdfunding in Bristol recently hit the front pages with a water slide down Park Street gaining international media interest. In a City as creative and socially minded as Bristol it is clear that crowdfunding has become a valuable source of alternative finance for creative and social projects.
Co-founder and CEO, Oliver Mochizuki I said,
“We are really excited about taking Fundsurfer forward in 2014. The level of creativity and interest being shown tonight proves that crowdfunding has changed the way projects, individuals and companies raise and donate funds, I want to thank everyone for their support, it’s been a brilliant evening”
Fundsurfer is part of the SETsquared network of high growth, high tech companies based at the Engine Shed within the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
In 2008, the Bristol SETsquared Centre won the UKBI "Established Business Incubator of the Year" award, in 2012 won the UKBI "Outstanding Contribution to Business Incubation", and in the 6 years to 2013, helped its member ventures raise some £83m of debt, grant and equity funding.