FCBC Go Global, our first virtual expo, was a success. We had over 500 unique visits to our virtual exhibitor booths featuring crowdfunded products and services for creator-entrepreneurs.
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated!
If you missed the live event, you can still purchase crowdfunded products from our exhibitors and access the recordings of our panels and speaking sessions through FCBC Go Global for the next 30 days. Check it out here!
Top Highlights of FCBC Go Global
1. Launch of the first US Livefunding™ campaign
Livefunding™ is a unique service by We The People that provides potential backers of crowdfunding campaigns the opportunity to support a product online and offline. The creator’s prototype is featured in WTP brick-and-mortar stores where backers can see and interact with the physical product. At FCBC Go Global, we announced the first US Livefunding™ campaign for FINEDAY, a projector with modern features that has a retro look.
The FINEDAY projector is on display in We The People’s newest store at Westfield Valley Fair mall in Santa Clara, CA. You can support FINEDAY’s latest campaign online on Kickstarter on March 24 to receive the Early Bird Pricing and other perks.
2. Crowning two winners of our pitching contest
We were excited to provide an opportunity for five creators/entrepreneurs to pitch their products to our judges: Nison Chan (We The People), Suzy Im (BDMT Global/TribalVision Asia), and Ryan Koo (Headstart Silicon Valley). The teams were evaluated based on their pitching style, their product/service, Most Compelling and Game Changer.Congratulations to the teams from Hyper Lychee and Informu for winning the pitching contest!
Hyper Lychee’s winning product was the SKADU, a hand-held electronic scrubber that powerfully cleans your kitchen. The Informu team won for Mu tag, a system that combines Bluetooth-enable tags and their app to prevent you from losing things.
3. Learning from industry experts and successful creators
A core value of For Creators, By Creators (FCBC) is to bring together people who can provide knowledge to crowdfunding creators that will help them with selling and growing. Our focus at FCBC Go Global was growing your brand. Here is a snapshot of some of the insight from our speakers. You can watch the full sessions here.
Success stories from our featured speakers:
CEO & Founder of Gadget Flow
Come and see how you can make your next crowdfunding campaign successful through Gadget Flow! Gadget Flow allows its users to easily discover the best crowdfunding projects from Kickstarter and Indiegogo curated by its editors and directs people to the campaign to back the project. The website also provides services for crowdfunding creators like Crowdinsight, which is a community of frequent backers and online shoppers that gives feedback on crowdfunding campaigns as well as online shopping experiences. Evan is also an advisor at Sprint Crowdfunding Fund and Kickstarter Expert so he can provide valuable insight on how to make your crowdfunding campaign a success. Evan Varsamis founded Gadget Flow in 2012 with Cassie Ousta and Mike Chliounakis, the platform now reaches over 28 million people across their website and iOS and Android apps. Learn more about the expertise Evan and Gadget Flow have to offer on their blog.
Cross-Border Business Development at CAMPFIRE
Interested in penetrating the Asian market? Hear from CAMPFIRE Japan’s largest crowdfunding platform! With nearly 2 million backers, Maria and CAMPFIRE help emerging brands from outside Japan use crowdfunding to test the Japanese market and connect with retailers in Japan. On the creator panel at FCBC Go Global, Maria will share how creators can use CAMPFIRE’s services to enter a new market, connect with consumers, and expand their brand globally.
CEO & Founder of HYPER
If you are eager to bring your company to the next level, secure your spot at FCBC Go Global! Daniel Chin has raised over $10 million on his Kickstarter campaigns for HYPER products, which specializes in cutting edge Apple & mobile accessories. He started as an entrepreneur in Singapore before moving to Silicon Valley to access the U.S. market. Daniel and HYPER were featured in a previous newsletter where he shared how he expanded his brand and got HYPER products in larger retailers, like Best Buy. Come find out about the formula Daniel and his company have developed for a successful Kickstarter campaign.
CEO & Founder of Think Board
Why settle in the US, when you have ways to expand outside the US market? Come meet Hanson Grant, a long time supporter of FCBC! Hanson has been a featured speaker at past FCBC events in Boston and New York. His product, Think Board, is sold in We The People’s stores and the partnership with We The People helped Think Board enter the Asian market and grow. Hanson most recently built his company, Think Board, which started out on his dorm room wall as a “stick-on whiteboard” to write down business ideas easily. He took Think Board to Kickstarter and now runs the company full time with his COO, Ken Zhang.