How to Raise Money for your Creative Business


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In celebration of Urban Air Market‘s first show in Oakland, and as a continuation of our monthly meet & greet events for creative business owners, we’ve teamed up with with a stellar group of professionals about a topic that you’ve been waiting for.

Join us at Impact Hub Oakland and meet experts from fundraising from fundraising organizations Indiegogo, Working Solutions, and Kiva Zip.

What: How to Raise Money for Your Creative Business: A Panel Discussion

When: Tuesday, July 7th 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Please arrive on time for snacks, networking with your peers, and to meet the Urban Air Market team.


Impact Hub Oakland
2323 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

RSVP to reserve your spot!


About The Panelists:


Sara has been pursuing her passion for social entrepreneurship since she worked with a social start-up in India in 2013. She has four years of domestic and international development experience in Chile, India and New York, and is very excited to be a Kiva Zip Fellow in San Francisco this summer. Kiva Zip’s platform provides entrepreneurs with 0% interest, no-fee loans up to $5,000. The loans are crowdfunded through Kiva’s community of lenders as well as the borrower’s personal network.

Alisa Cordesius, Indiegogo
As Indiegogo’s Manager of Social Innovation & Design, Alisa empowers entrepreneurs, creators, and change-makers to fund what matters to them. She is responsible for building partnerships and empowering individuals to leverage crowdfunding for social good. Prior to Alisa has spoken most recently at SXSW 2015, Unite for Sight at Yale, and is a frequent presenter at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the Impact HUB. Indiegogo helps you raise money via crowdfunding for anything, from products to personal projects. and provides you with the tools to spread the word.

Corrine, Working Solutions

Working Solutions is a nonprofit organization that provides micro loans and business coaching to Bay Area small business owners. Corinne works directly with East Bay business owners who are seeking a microloan to help them get started with Working Solutions.Prior to Working Solutions, she completed a year of service as an Americorps VISTA at Women’s Initiative, a nonprofit that helped women entrepreneurs start small businesses in the Bay Area. She is interested in local community development and income generation for under-served populations.

About the Moderator:

will chase

Will Chase is Burning Man‘s Minister of Propaganda, working on global communications strategy. He’s the editor-in-chief for the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter and the Voices of Burning Man blog, and content manager for Burning Man’s web properties. He volunteered as the Operations Manager for the ARTery (Black Rock City’s art HQ) and was on the Burning Man Art Council from 2003-2008. He also runs Will Chase Arts, providing art curation and event management services since 2004.

About the Venue:
Impact Hub Oakland
is equal parts inspiring work space, entrepreneurial incubator and community of socially minded people. Located in the heart of the most diverse city in the United States, we cultivate, support and connect social entrepreneurs and purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world. Impact Hub Oakland is where your ideas can turn into action. Learn more here.


Through meeting representatives of key organizations and small business owners who have been successfully funded through these organizations,  participants should walk away with a greater understanding of current fund raising options available for small business and actionable steps they can take to prepare for their own fundraising campaigns.

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