Many of you are familiar with Indiegogo–the largest global fundraising site–but unfortunately, most crowdfunding platforms have been focused on New York City, San Francisco, and LA. Meanwhile, right here in Pittsburgh, we have entrepreneurs in numerous fields (art, tech, music, food, service, etc.) who have successfully used crowdfunding but have been unable to tap early stage funding from more traditional sources like foundations and venture capital firms. Now, Pittsburgh-based Fygment–which also supports entrepreneurs, creators, and makers–is partnering with Indiegogo to present #GoGoPgh, a three-day conference on crowdfunding.
Kit Mueller, a founder of Fygment, gives the following goals for the event:
One goal of the conference is to create a free and open series of panels and workshops and events to educate as many as possible in the startup community on how to successfully crowdfund.
Another goal is to “launch Pittsburgh as the focus city for Indiegogo in 2015 and make it a crowdfunding center like London and San Fran,” says Mueller.
If you want to attend, you’ll need to hurry. The conference takes place February 4th to the 6th. You can find a schedule of the panels, lectures and networking opportunities at GoGoPgh.com. The conference will take place in venues around the city including Thrill Mill, TechShop Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and Saul Ewing.
Even if you don’t plan to attend, you can help this unconference and help make Pittsburgh a crowdfunding player by using the hashtag #GoGoPgh in any and all posts on social media.