Creators

Creators

Creator Information

One Spark is all about the Creators. Creators are people with ideas in art, innovation, music, science and technology that turn them into Projects to showcase at One Spark, the World’s Crowdfunding Festival. One Spark is built on the premise that great creations can come from garages, small studios and dorm rooms and that the only thing holds them back is access to capital and resources.

A Project is a specific plan, design or undertaking with a clear end. A Project can be at any stage of development but will eventually be completed, and something will be produced as a result. Examples would include making an album, producing a film, building a new app or launching an innovative social good initiative. Bringing your Project to One Spark not only helps fund it, it’s also a great way to validate your concept, receive critical feedback and make connections with people who can help you achieve your goals.

By showcasing your Project at One Spark, you can access funding in four ways:

  • Wow attendees and collect votes that translate into a percentage of a $200,000 crowdfund. Score the most votes in your category and receive an additional $10,000 bonus prize!
  • Impress the Jury in your category and you could walk away with $10,000 on top of your crowdfund earnings.
  • Rack up individual contributions from attendees and backers from around the globe who believe in your project. The Project that receives the most individual contributions will receive a $10,000 award in addition to the contributions they receive.
  • Access millions of dollars in potential capital from equity firms and angel investors looking for the next big thing.

How It Works

Becoming a Creator is easy, here’s how it works...

  1. Create a personal One Spark account. This will allow you to register when the time comes and makes you eligible to vote at One Spark 2014.
  2. Register as a Creator and create your Project. Once you have a One Spark account, you simply pay the registration fee and begin building your Project profile. You can add additional Creators once your Project is confirmed after Matchmaking. Creator Registration runs December 1, 2013 - February 21, 2014.
  3. Promote your Project. Ultimately, it is the Venues who decide who gets to showcase at One Spark, but get a leg up on the competition by sharing your Project on Facebook and racking up those Likes. This shows the Venues that people are interested in what you’re doing and that you know how to bring people to their space.
  4. Secure a Venue. The Matchmaking process is the final determinant of who gets to showcase at One Spark 2014. Notify which Venue(s) you’re interested in through your beonespark.com account and Venues will do the same. Once you’ve settled on the right spot, confirm with the Venue and you’re good to go!
  5. Assemble your team. You are free to tackle One Spark on your own but having a support team never hurts. Consider assembling a team of friends, Volunteers or fellow disruptors to help you execute. After Matchmaking, you may invite up to four additional team members to join you in your efforts.
  6. Prepare and promote. Once your Project is confirmed, it’s time to start strategizing and getting the word out. Create promotional materials, think about how best to present your idea, work on your pitch and start sharing your Project online with friends and family so they know how to support you.
  7. Showcase. Bring your team and everything you need to communicate and demonstrate your idea. Over 150,000 people will be roaming the streets checking out Projects like yours so be prepared to stand out. You’ll also have the opportunity to pitch to crowds of Voters and investors and attend special parties in your honor with people eager to hear your story and possibly invest in your Project.

Success Stories

20 Murals

20 Murals In A Year

Shaun Thurston

Muralist Shaun Thurston transformed downtown's blank spaces and walls in order to raise money to do more of just that throughout the city.

Aurora

Aurora

Angel Tores

Aurora used creative promotions to launch their local music discovery app at One Spark to raving reviews.

Design Your Cancer Cure

Design Your Cancer Cure

Erica Lane

One Spark provided the motivation for Erica to take her idea public and walk away with financial capital, relationships and knowledge that helped her refine her concept.

The Elbow

The Elbow

Trey Hebron & Grant Nielsen

Seeking to highlight the developing nightlife scene of downtown Jacksonville, Trey and Grant used One Spark to launch The Elbow.

Fresh

Fresh

Jason McDonald

The health and fitness gurus of Fresh used One Spark to expand their business idea from a market vendor into a brick and mortar storefront.

Kona School

Kona School

James Smith

Kona School founder, James Smith assembled a team of volunteers to showcase his innovative learning model and walked away with the most individual contributions at One Spark 2013.

Rethreaded

Rethreaded

Kristen Keen

Rethreaded leveraged the community and creative promotions to generate the most votes overall at One Spark 2013 for their project that helps victims of the sex trade recover from lives of abuse.

A Riverwalk Project

A Riverwalk Project

Vanessa Harper

Several local organizations teamed up to launch a mobile app at One Spark that highlights the sights and scenes of the Jacksonville Riverwalk.

Uncle Monster’s Minions

Uncle Monster’s Minions

Mark McCmobs

Mark and his minions created an interactive performance installation showcasing the use of woodblock prints.

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