Earlier in the summer I pledged $50 to an American lady making a CD of traditional Irish flute songs. I enjoyed the back-story to the project and was keen to take up the flute (little did I know I’d wind up picking one up). The project, Blue Dress, made its funding target, the CD was manufactured and in return I received a digital copy of the recording in advance of the physical release, the actual physical release, sheet music for the tunes and a credit in the liner notes. The project was made possible through community funding via Kickstarter.com.
Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.
If you have a foodie project in mind and you’re looking to raise some funds that can offer something in return why not explore a service like Kickstarter? The proof may be in food projects that have already been funded (most of these this month alone).
- Economy Bites – A One Of A Kind Online Cooking Show
Economy Bites is an online cooking show that teaches how to make delicious, easy dishes that you cook on Sunday, eat ’til Thursday! Successfully raised $7,712 to expand their online cookery show where each episode shows you how to make a dish costing no more than $30 that would get you through the week.
- Chill Baby Ice Cream Sandwiches
Successfully raised $2,960 from 64 backers to start a line of gluten-free ice cream sandwiches, with the funds going towards equipment and farmers market expenses.
- Leo & Company
Raised $3,124 from 49 backers to enhance their line of organic dog biscuits with the funding going towards securing and outfitting a new production space. (The family dog gets treated to organic dog biscuits now and again)
- The Improvising Chef
- $4,330 was raised to fund the completion, publication and marketing of a new book looking at, amongst other things, how to make tasty dishes without recipes from unfamiliar foods successfully.
Check Kickstarter.com itself for more successfully funded food projects or see projects currently seeking funding. For it to work, there has to be some kind of incentive for the investor, after all, they’re parting with their hard earned cash to help get your project off the ground. Some people offer a simple thanks, to stickers, badges, copies of books, phone calls, a home-cooked meal, naming a recipe / product after an investor.
Whatever way you look at it, there’s food for thought to be found at Kickstarter if you’re considering fundraising for a new foodie venture.