Crowdfunder and GoDaddy join forces in a bid to support startup businesses, by offering a share of £10,000 to ten different business ideas.
Running over five days in early October, the GoDaddy £1k Giveaway asked entrepreneurs and start up businesses to submit their big ideas via Facebook or directly to the Crowdfunder website.
With two winners for each of the five categories being in with the chance to unlock £1,000 of the funds on offer, it’s safe to say that the competition was fierce. Over 750 applicants submitted their ideas in the hope to get their hands on the prize money, with the supportive spirit rallying high as projects offered advice to one another via the social media platform.
The winning projects will now go on to raise money from the Crowd. However, with such a difficult decision made from the huge amount of incredible applications received, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these other startups crowdfunding for their brilliant ideas soon too.
Si Walker, Head of Campaigns at Crowdfunder, says, ‘The unbelievable quality of all entrants at the start of the month made picking these 10 finalists a tricky task. We’re delighted to be crowdfunding with some of the most exciting ideas in the UK, with the support of our brilliant partners.’
Without further ado, we would like to introduce you to our ten GoDaddy £1k Giveaway winners. Be sure to check out their projects and support them on their journey to crowdfunding success.
Food & Drink
The Wild Peanut makes flavoured gourmet peanut butter with no preservatives and no additives. They offer five different flavours – all mixed with delicious smooth peanut butter.
Project owner Akeem says,
‘£1k means a great deal for our business as it allows us to help complete the final product development stages of our new products and peanut butter flavour. Crowdfunding means so much to our brand for various reasons. From a financial perspective, it allows us to innovate with more speed, alongside quality. Beyond the finance, it actually sits inline with our goals – to include our supporters and fans within our brand. We are excited to reward those who support our Crowdfunder project with peanut butter, accessories and invitations to exclusive events – as well as a long term say in how the company moves forward through monthly hangouts.’
Gipsy Hill Brewing
Gipsy Hill Brewery focus on big flavour and moreish brews. Their mission is to offer no nonsense, full flavoured beer, made with natural and quality ingredients. With an uncompromising approach to the best brewing process, they want to deliver beer that is all about simple and well balanced flavour.
Project owner Sam says,
‘The £1k win is really fantastic for us. Along with the money that we’re going to raise through crowdfunding, we’re going to have the ability to build a fully accessible taproom site that everyone can enjoy. Crowdfunding will change the nature of our project. Before, we were looking at a low cost, thrown together installation that would have accessibility limitations. However, with this new approach, we’re going to genuinely be able to build a site that we can fully share with our community, in a way that we never considered possible before.’
Change Please work with London’s leading coffee experts to source and produce the best coffee around in order to help them on their mission to tackle homelessness – by selling great coffee. They train homeless people as baristas to provide them with the skills and tools needed to sell the best coffee on the street, via state of the art carts and machines.
Based in Brighton, New Note Orchestra is a unique project that assists people in recovery from alcohol and addiction issues. They offer a structured musical programme that creates a supportive community to help participants stay clean and sober. Their aim is to increase self esteem, boost confidence and develop new life skills for all participants.
A Kind Mama
A Kind Mama is a vegan bakery, run from project owner Eve’s house just outside Manchester. After feelings of disbelief that it was so incredibly hard to find yummy vegan cakes, she started the business which offers sweet treats that are suitable for vegans and those with allergies.
Jasmine Stacey Collection
The Jasmine Stacey Collection focuses on bringing innovative, technical aspects and the finest fabrics to lingerie. Designed with women in mind, these beautiful and creative designs are to support those who may have experienced living with scars, stretch marks, stomas or who feel unconfident about their abdominal region in conventional underwear.
Project owner Jasmine says,
‘I have been worried about the Jasmine Stacey Collection continuing all together for a while now. Winning £1K gave me the needed drive and push to validate that my idea is worthwhile and that it is needed in the world of lingerie – because everyone deserves to be body confident! I can’t wait to launch it now! The money will allow the continuing development of new products and to also launch projects such as the body confidence series. Most importantly it will allow JSC to keep manufacturing the products everyone wants!’
This alternative snack to popcorn has been harvested and eaten around the world for years, but Not.Corn is the FIRST of it’s kind in the UK! With various health benefits such as less fat and fewer calories, this tasty treat is sure to succeed.
Project owner Rushina says,
‘Winning the £1k and being chosen as one of the winners has given me confidence in my business idea and has helped to accelerate the development of Not.Corn. Crowdfunding for my idea will allow me to get the funding that I need to press go on the manufacturing run and scale up production to fulfil the increasing demand. Crowdfunding will also help to build awareness of the brand, including the fact that Not.Corn is the first product of its kind to launch in Europe!’
This EdTech start up business has already won several awards and has recently been shortlisted for Great British Entrepreneur Award. This coding academy runs after-school
The Submarine lets you apply effects to just two strings of your guitar. You simply slip the Submarine under two strings, plug in and play through an effects pedal. You can add bass to your acoustic, fuzzed out lead to your clean electric, or drench your top two strings in reverb.
Project owner Pete says,
‘The initial injection of £1k is incredible – I was so surprised when I found out. It’s going to get the campaign off to such a good start. It’s really heartening to know that people are willing to get behind your project, whether the pledges are big or small. Any pledge is a vote of confidence and it’s other people’s belief in your project that can ultimately make it succeed. We have just announced the product and people are getting really excited. Crowdfunding is the difference between the Submarine Pro happening or not happening – it’s as simple as that. We have a really niche product and to manufacture this before crowdfunding would have been impossible. It’s such a great way of connecting with your customers and really making them a part of the process.’
Blue Badge Style, which was founded by Fiona Jarvis in 2012, is a movement that re-defines disability with style. In response to a simple problem of how to drink, network and socialise independently whilst wheeling a chair – they are looking to launch a new product, DRINK. This product is an inclusive glass holder made for ‘people who have their hands full’.
Project owner Fiona says,
‘The £1k win will really help us to get our additional funding for the design and production of the second product in the ADDITI+ON collection of accessories. We want to change the lives of people now and empower effortless independence for wheelchair, buggy and even deck chair users.Crowdfunding is a way to raise funds and encourage people to join our movement, Blue Badge Style, where style and disability are not mutually exclusive. We want to create a brand and collection of accessories that are useful and beautiful for everyone. The Chanel of an inclusive world.’
All ten projects will go live on the 24th of October at 12pm.
On top of the £1k received from GoDaddy, each project will go head to head during the first 72 hours of their crowdfunding campaigns. The finalist that raises the most money during this time will receive an additional pledge of £1,000 from VOOM, in celebration of all things startup and their 2017 tour of the UK.
Stayed tuned to find out who the lucky winner is on 27th October!