ATLANTA Lean Crowdfunding Bootcamp

Learn how to use the scientific method, customer discovery, and lean methodology to determine your likelihood of success and improve it prior to launch.

This 5-week bootcamp will provide you with an exclusive opportunity to launch your campaign under the expert guidance of some of the most successful crowdfunders in Atlanta, who are responsible for raising close to $2 million

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Go Lean

Startups must move quickly, with targeted strategies that allow them to get results. We've developed a lean crowdfunding methodology that will help you work efficiently. Our 5-week curriculum will help your team efficiently develop and execute a campaign, and get expert feedback.

Target

Learn the Lifecycle

A crowdfunding campaign has three distinct lifecycle segments. We give you a simple methodology to develop your campaign and approach business model and campaign validation, customer discovery, market research, and campaign management.

Cog

Get Scientific

We've developed quantitative tools to assess your crowdfunding strength and identify the number of backers you'll need to reach your crowdfunding goal. We teach you the crowdfunding scientific method which enables you to quantify - and improve - your chances of success.


Instructors

Albin Bajramovic

Albin

Rajesh Koppula

Raj

Sandra Hirschberg

Sandra

Janet Tambasco

Co-Founder of ZPM Espresso & Crowdfunding Consultant

Janet is an Atlanta native with two years of experience running a crowdfunded business and managing crowdfunding campaigns. She has raised over half a million dollars for crowdfunded projects and businesses by creating compelling stories and solid campaign strategies, helping creators connect with their crowds. She is also experienced in transparency and community engagement as it relates to the special case of crowdfunded teams.

Jayant Ratti

Founder, TechJect Inc. Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Jayant Ratti, was the first Ph.D. in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. He also received his M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 and was awarded a B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication from the University of Delhi, India in 2006. He had been leading the engineering efforts on the dragonfly development program at Georgia Tech campus. Among his achievements are the “Best Design” Award for the Dragonfly Robot at the Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Conference (GTRIC 2011); “First Prize” for the Dragonfly Robot at the Robotics Innovation Conference and Competition (RICC 2011), held at Woburn, MA. 5 technology patents to his name for Biologically-Inspired Micro Aerial Vehicle Designs; over 20 Journals and Conference publications in the domain. He has over 10 years of experience in the field of robotics expanding into embedded-systems, controls, mechatronics, machine vision, Unmanned Ground/Air Vehicle (UAV/UGV) design/development/integration. He has won numerous design awards and competitions in robotics internationally which also include the “Most Innovative Design” design award at the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) in 2006, held at US Army Base in Fort Benning, Georgia

Gleb Polyakov

Co-Founder of ZPM Espresso & Crowdfunding Consultant

Gleb is co-founder of ZPM Espresso, a crowdfunded company that is revolutionizing the way coffee enthusiasts brew espresso at home. ZPM's flagship product - the Nocturn - provides game-changing temperature and pressure precision to home baristas who want café quality at a consumer-friendly price. Gleb has lent his background in finance and physics to a dozen successfully crowdfunded projects, focusing on business development and strategy for the campaign and beyond.

Judges

Janet Tambasco

Janet

Jayant Ratti

Jay

Gleb Plyakov

Gleb

Albin Bajramovic

Instigator

Albin Bajramovic has 15 years of experience in IT consulting with fortune 500 companies, and has lead multiple mergers in hospitality, petroleum, and pharmaceutical industries. In beginning of 2012, Albin co-founded a crowdfunding company CrowdEndowed. Needless to say, he has been intrigued by crowdfunding since its conception, but what really caught his attention is low success rates in crowdfunding. Being a curious troubleshooter since he can remember himself, he found a problem and was determined to solve it. After interviewing close to 150 past campaigns, Albin concluded that the missing unknown of the equation was, in fact, educational resources on crowdfunding to help campaigns maximize their probability of success. Albin has been very active in finding ways to close the gap and, since then, he has held the first Startup Weekend NEXT and the first Crowdfunding Bootcamp in Atlanta. During his research, he became deeply influenced by Customer Discovery and Lean Methodology, which led him to invite a few other local and national key players and create the first Lean Crowdfunding Bootcamp in Atlanta. His aspiration is to jump start the crowdfunding scene in the SouthEast in hopes to bring it up to par with the very active NorthEast and West Coast, as well as to make an example of it to serve as an inspiration for the rest of the country.

Rajesh Koppula

Rajesh Koppula has significant expertise in Risk Management at Global Banking giants such as HSBC, Bank of America, Wachovia and Wells Fargo. He has managed US and International credit portfolios ranging $3B-$47B receivables, advised senior executives at major financial institutions and received several awards for his outstanding contributions to risk management. Rajesh holds Global MBA degrees from the Columbia Business School (NY,USA) and London Business School(London, UK),Masters(Univ. of Cincinnati) and Bachelors(IIT) in Industrial Engineering. Rajesh is currently exploring entrepreneurial ventures in Finance and Technology with applications to peer-to-peer platforms. Rajesh is the Founder and CEO of an early stage debt crowdfunding startup called LendLift Inc. He is actively working on solutions that helps consumers pay off debt faster while rewarding investors.

Sandra Hirschberg

Sandra is dedicated to creating sustainable community development through market-based solutions (private sector =public good). She has her own consulting firm called the Social Innovation Academy where she provides technical assistance, strategy, and crowdfunding preparation for non-profits and social enterprise. Prior to this venture, Sandra was the Community Manager of HUB Atlanta, a co-working space and incubator for social enterprise. Before moving to Atlanta, she served as an adviser to an impact investment fund, Dev Equity, working to improve operations, marketing and community development for a low-income housing project in Honduras. She has also been the director of operations for New Ventures Mexico, a non-profit socially-focused accelerator in Mexico. Sandra worked for Bloomberg’s international regional sales team, developing alternative business models to meet both social and commercial bottom lines in the Caribbean. She is fluent in Spanish, holds a BBA from Emory University and an MBA from the University of Southern California with a focus on social entrepreneurship. She sits on the board of the women social entrepreneur hub and crowdfunding platform girltank and Chilean ethical fashion company Voz. On-line profile: LinkedIn

Speakers

Brian meece
Brian Meece
Devin thorpe
Devin Thorpe
Slava rubin
Slava Rubin
Elena
Elena Mikhaylova
Eli
Eli Regalado
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Eli is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company at age 19. He has been through 2 successful exits and now works with entrepreneurs on innovative marketing campaigns, launches, and of course crowdfunding

Brian plays a mean ukulele and is the CEO of RocketHub, one of the world's top crowdfunding platforms that has recently partnered with A&E Networks. He has lectured on crowdsourced funding at SXSW, TEDxBrooklyn, White House roundtables, Maker Faire, and Columbia University, as well as other colleges and institutions. His goal? To teach entrepreneurs how to leverage the crowd for funding and awareness.

Devin Thorpe calls himself a champion of social good. He writes and speaks about doing good in the world. As a Forbes Contributor he covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing. His books on personal finance and crowdfunding draw on his entrepreneurial finance experience as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer, and mortgage broker. Previously he worked on the U.S. Senate Banking committee staff and earned an MBA at Cornell. Visit YourMarkOnTheWorld.com to learn more.

Elena Mikhaylova, CEO of Crowdfund Productions, is a serial entrepreneur with twenty years of experience in diverse industries including crowdfunding, PR, political consulting, stock market, education, international real estate, fitness, social media marketing and content management. She has received an education from the world’s top institutions: St-Petersburg State University (Russia), University of Manchester (UK), Babson College – Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business (US). Elena is an internationally published author of hundreds of articles, several research papers and two books. She has been a speaker at a number of international conventions and conferences and an instructor at Colorado Free University. Being an active ambassador of social innovations, Elena was recognized as the Top 1% on LinkedIn in 2012.. She is also an organizer of one of the largest crowdfunding meetup groups in the US. Crowdfund Productions is an event management and crowdfunding consulting company. Our services include preliminary fundraising consulting, strategic planning, PR, on-line and off-line marketing support, campaign management and audit.

Slava Rubin is the CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the way that people fund what matters to them, and has led the organization to becoming the largest crowdfunding platform in the world. Slava is responsible for executing the company’s strategic growth initiatives, while overseeing all daily operations of the business. Prior to Indiegogo, Slava was a strategy consultant working on behalf of clients such as MasterCard and FedEx for over a decade. Slava is also the founder of "Music Against Myeloma," an annual charity event that raises funds and awareness for cancer research. Slava represented the crowdfunding industry at the White House during the signing of the JOBS Act and has played a crucial role in working with the White House and the SEC to finalize the rules and regulations for equity crowdfunding. Slava also speaks at events across the globe including SXSW, Google I/O, Thomas Friedman’s Global Forum and the Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit. Slava graduated with a B.S.E.from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He currently travels back and forth between Indiegogo’s San Francisco and New York offices.

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