ONE SPARK will take place April 17 - 21, 2013 in downtown Jacksonville. Creators from all over the world will showcase ideas and projects to connect with a $250,000 crowd fund, $1 million in capital investments, and immediate individual contributions. Deadline for registration is February 22, 2013, 11:59 PM EST. This has been publicized all over the news, social media, etc. for the past several months.
ONE SPARK website: http://www.beonespark.com/
Click following link, watch short video, register for $45, see who has registered: http://www.beonespark.com/creators
Jacksonville to play host to world’s first crowd funding festival, One Spark
By Peter Schorsch on February 4, 2013 St. Peters Blog
Jacksonville could soon reshape its image, and the state’s, when it hosts One Spark 2013, the world’s first crowd funding festival.
“Think SXSW [Austin] meets ArtPrize [Grand Rapids] meets Kickstarter, live!” said Elton
Rivas, executive director of One Spark, a non-profit that’s raised private funds to launch the event.
The festival, which is designed to attract Creators in technology, art, music and science, is schedule for April 17 – 21, 2013, in downtown Jacksonville. Hundreds of Creators will exhibit their work at more than 75 venues and attendees will utilize kiosks and smartphones to vote for their favorite creation. At the end of the festival, winners will split a guaranteed $250,000 crowd fund. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to contribute directly to Creators via smartphones as they tour exhibits
The event is the first of its kind in Florida and recently attracted the attention of Shad Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate. Khan, a billionaire recently featured on 60 Minutes, pledged $1 million in equity investment opportunities for chosen Creators who register for the event.
“We see this event as transformational for Jacksonville,” said Abel Harding, a Jacksonville banker who serves as the event’s spokesman. “This is a full-court press to afford venture capitalists, political leaders and the general public the opportunity to glimpse first-hand the innovation happening right here in Florida.”
Creator registration is still open and nearly 300 have already signed up from around the United States and 15 foreign countries. More information, including how to participate as a Creator, can be found here.