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For Creators By Creators (FCBC) is an event for creators, entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and innovators. Over 100 of the most successful crowdfunded companies and experts from NYC, surrounding areas, and other regions will meet, exhibit, share resources, and engage with the community– international creators, retailers, manufacturing, legal and investment firms–to learn what they can do after crowdfunding to scale fast.
Not Just a Networking Event
There is no shortage of entrepreneurial events in NYC. Here’s how FCBC is different:
Over 100 of the most successful crowdfunded companies and experts from New York City, surrounding areas, and other regions will meet, exhibit, seek funding and resources, and engage with the FCBC community.
Livefunding will be held during the event–in which anyone has an option to preview, experience, and invest in the products presented / showcased.
5 creators will have an opportunity to do a full pitch to the crowd and seek advice, critiques, or funding.
Space will be provided to showcase creators’ products.
Find distribution channels that can help you build an international presence in 3 months.
Our mission and events are designed to help creators because, just like you, we are creators ourselves, too.
The first stop on our FCBC National Tour was Boston. We then promoted creators in St. Louis and during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This event will draw a curated group of creators and innovators, business leaders and investors from around the world.
We help raise the next generation of innovators to keep US entrepreneurship competitive globally. WTP is proud to support KIPP schools and host FCBC Junior events to inspire creator spirit in the American youth.
What is FCBC?
We The People’s mission is to help local creators who were successful in crowdfunding launch globally through the FCBC community. To date, we have brought more than 200 brands and more than a thousand products to the public via our brick-and-mortar stores in multiple countries and online.
Past FCBC exhibitors Akeem Shannon, Flipstik CEO, and Hanson Grant, Think Board CEO, sold 1,000 units in one month and broadened their reach to Asia, respectively.
Founded for creators by creators Ryan Sim, Joel Liew, Nison Chan, and CEO Jay Kang, the company provides education, e-commerce, and brick-and-mortar retail space for entrepreneurs. WTP is quickly becoming the hub of innovation in Asia. With its goal to bring together the global creator community, WTP is expanding internationally to Spain, India, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and more.
Want to learn more about us?
- Ensuring Success After Crowdfunding
- Common Failures of Successful Crowdfunders
- Lessons Learned from Building a Product from Scratch
- Transitioning from Crowdfunding to Startup Growth
- Crowdsourcing and Giving Back to the Community
- Kickstarter – Running Advanced Campaigns
- Global Expansion and Funding within Your Reach
- From Crowdfunding to Global Launching
- Registering and Protecting Your Intellectual Property
- Nuts and Bolts: Choosing and Working with a Manufacturer
- Connecting Startups and Investors via Equity Crowdfunding
- Funding Your Growth: Institutional and Beyond
- 3:00-4:00 p.m. Registration + Networking / Product & Partner Showcase + Funding / Experience Zone
- 4:00-5:30 p.m. Featured Speakers / Moderated Panel Discussion with Crowdfunding Creators
- 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner + Networking
- 6:30-8:00 p.m. Featured Speakers / Moderated Panel Discussion with Industry Experts
- 8:00-9:00 p.m. Audience Pitch Sessions + Funding
- After 9:00 p.m. Off-site afterparty
Salvador Briggman founded the popular blog, CrowdCrux, which has been cited by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, and more. He helps entrepreneurs raise money on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. He has written the highly popular book, the Kickstarter Launch Formula. Last year, he helped over 700,000 individuals raise money from the crowd through his blog, podcast, YouTube channel, forum, online courses, and books.
Wendy Diamond is CEO and Founder of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)/#ChooseWOMEN, a non-governmental philanthropic volunteer organization with chapters in 144 countries and 112 Universities/Colleges on a global mission to empower women in business to alleviate poverty.
She is an Investor/Advisor in social impact disruptive technologies and women led businesses in Health Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology, Fintech and Virtual Reality, including Producers Market, IPWE, Blocktower Investments, Infinigon Group, Redeem Global, Farma Trust, Altair Breathometer, Simply Vital and Snakt.
Clarissa travels the country in search of innovators, creators, and makers who can leverage the powerful community and storytelling tool of Kickstarter to bring creative projects to life. Before joining Kickstarter, Clarissa co-founded a nonprofit with the core mission of fostering the North Texas startup community and worked with 10 promising robotics startups as the Program Manager of the Qualcomm Accelerator, powered by Techstars.
Matt Higgins is an entrepreneur, investor, and operator. In 2012, alongside co-founder Stephen Ross, he launched RSE Ventures, a private investment firm that focuses on companies across sports and entertainment, food and lifestyle, media and marketing, and technology.
At RSE, Higgins has co-founded several successful enterprises, including the International Champions Cup — a global pre-season soccer tournament that attracts millions of viewers. Under Higgins’ leadership, RSE has successfully incubated businesses such as restaurant technology platform Resy, and in 2018, RSE acquired cybersecurity company SkOUT Secure Intelligence. Higgins was the first customer of Gary Vaynerchuk’s digital agency VaynerMedia, and he led the first-round investment in the Drone Racing League, which has since become a leading sports and media company.
In recent years, Higgins identified scalable restaurant concepts as a natural extension of RSE’s portfolio, starting with David Chang’s Momofuku. RSE’s family of restaurants has grown to include Milk Bar, Fuku, Bluestone Lane and &pizza. Alongside Ross, Higgins helps each concept tap into RSE’s connections in real estate, business development, and marketing.
Higgins is a board member for Autism Speaks, VaynerMedia, Momofuku, Milk Bar, Bluestone Lane, Resy and &pizza.
Tai has spent the last twelve years leading marketing efforts for startups. Her first-hand knowledge of both the challenges and opportunities facing founders of early-stage companies connects her to the mission of crowdfunding. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Tai served as Head of Marketing for Knotel, supporting New York and San Francisco-based entrepreneurs with flexible headquarters. Tai received a BA and MA in Psychology from Stanford University. In her free time she maintains her connection to the start up community, serving as an Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable Accelerator mentor. Tai also serves on the advisory board of Board Match, which connects professionals with non-profit board positions, and on the fiduciary board of Harvest Home Farmers Markets, which provides access to farm fresh local produce to communities in food deserts and educates our consumers to achieve healthier lifestyles.
Melvin is notably a Co-Founder of The Asian Entrepreneur, the notable international business media publication and publishing house that aims to facilitate knowledge exchange and great insights on Asian entrepreneurship through educational coverage of entrepreneurial developments in the region. To date, The Asian Entrepreneur reaches 20 countries with its readership base and has an aggregate network of 600 writers from authoritative backgrounds. His organisation has also actively worked with various governments around the Southeast Asian region on facilitating the growth of the startup ecosystem through education, community building and various initiatives. Melvin’s involvement with The Asian Entrepreneur over the past 7 years has given him great insights into startup development in Asia as well as the unique challenges of startup financing for global businesses planning to tap into Asia. Melvin Poh is also a portfolio manager at the Asian focused subsidiary of Cavendish Ventures, an impact investment company that seeks out venture capital opportunity in Asia. Previously, he served as a partner at Gray Square Capital in the United Kingdom and was also a portfolio advisor at The Artemis Fund. He plans to provide the Asian perspective at the upcoming FCBC event.
Kate is a business-savvy attorney who takes a value-driven approach to problem solving that is forward-looking, risk-conscious but solutions-oriented. Kate has broad corporate experience, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate formation/founder equity structures, financing arrangements, securities law and disclosure issues, and strategic engagements. She is an expert in corporate governance best practices and has counseled CEOs, Founders, corporate directors, and investors with respect to a range of board matters, crisis response and reputational risk, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to Gray, Kate was Of Counsel in the Corporate Department at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. She previously served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Relational Investors LLC, a $6 billion asset manager, where she worked closely with the CEO on fund strategy and execution, business development initiatives, and client relationships. She began her career as a Corporate Associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York in the Mergers & Acquisitions group.
Arthur Limpens created allocacoc right after graduating from the Delft University of Technology. Currently, he focuses on ensuring that design remains at allocacoc’s core. He was instrumental in setting up the DesignNest program and loves to share his experience in design as well as entrepreneurship with other designers worldwide.
A widely-known name in business development and global marketing (Fortune Magazine Interview), Suzy has acted as a virtual CMO for over 20 years, advising C-level technology and healthcare industry leaders and executives at Fortune 500 and high-growth companies on US and global market growth. Through her roles as a consultant, hands-on practitioner, and professor, she seeks to advance the next generation of leaders and crowdfunded entrepreneurs as well as lead established companies through strategic transformations. Suzy is frequently invited as a keynote speaker and presenter at global events like the Annual Digital Marketing Forum, Annual B2B Marketing Forum, MK Media’s Worldwide Leadership Conferences and leading global technology companies like Oracle, Samsung, and LG. Suzy is also a published author of two books on marketing and leadership communication, and her work has been recognized in many business publications.
John Fiorentino is the creator and co-founder of Gravity Blanket and Moon Pod. His campaigns on Kickstarter have raised over $6MM dollars collectively, and both products have gone on to become sustainable businesses.
As a serial entrepreneur, Hanson most recently built his company, Think Board, which started out on his dorm room wall as a “stick-on whiteboard” to write down business ideas easily. His successes have allowed him to be recognized by EO as one of the Top 25 Student Entrepreneurs in the US (2016) and by BETA Boston as one of Boston’s Top 25 Innovators Under 25 (2015). A recent graduate of Babson College, Hanson is also an avid traveler.
Think Board has been named the Top Collegiate Consumer Brand in the US (2016), the winner of Babson’s B.E.T.A Challenge (2015), and a finalist in MassChallenge (2015). With just 2 full-time people, Think Board has continuously seen over 100% annual growth since inception. Think Board creates dry erase films that turn any surface into a whiteboard.
Nison is the Founder of Talking Toes, the world’s first socks with inspirational sayings printed on the toes. He started Talking Toes to fund his surfboarding hobby. In 2016, Nison co-founded WTP with his close friends and fellow creators. At WTP, Nison is the Managing Director of Purchasing & Brand Management, and is responsible for new product acquisition and creator communication.
Alice has been a Professor in Architecture and Materials Technology at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design, and Lecturer at Yale, MIT, and Harvard. Former Director of the Materials Resource Lab at the New School. She is the Patent holder for Solar Light Assembly and Inflatable Solar Light. When the Haiti earthquake happened, she turned her studio at Columbia University into an innovation studio to develop solutions to help Haiti, resulting in SolarPuff ™. She has built award-winning community outreach projects; been published in the New York Times, Architectural Record, Dwell, and the Journal of Architectural Education. Her book, GROUND RULES in Humanitarian Design, Wiley Press 2015, is an anthology for design principles and strategies for long term sustainability.
Jacob Durham is the owner and co-founder of NOMATIC a crowdfunding-based company that creates the most functional gear ever to inspire confidence for life on the move. He founded the brand 4 years ago with his cousin Jon and successfully launched 7 crowdfunding campaigns raising over $8MM total. The company was started in 2014 and has become one of the largest product-based crowdfunding companies. Jacob’s passion lies in developing incredible products, building a brand, and cultivating a team that people are excited to be a part of. Prior to starting NOMATIC Jacob had 8 years’ experience sourcing product overseas. He also spent one year in public accounting after earning his Master’s in Accountancy from BYU and licensing as a CPA.
Cheryl Gentry is a WE NYC Mentor, named 2017 Top Influential Women by Smart Meetings and 2017 Brava Award Winner Top Female CEO by SmartCEO Magazine. As a leader in the $40-billion event industry, Cheryl is a strategic entrepreneur constantly seeking out innovative opportunities. Currently setting her sights on the diversity-challenged world of tech, she’s developing an event tech platform, called Onsite Planner, which is set to revolutionize the event planning industry. Her initial beta was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign.
The award-winning designer, product developer, and CEO Anibal Marin is innovating the shirt industry with his solution-based crowdfunded accessories company Auxiliare International which manufactures Auxilry as seen on Project Runway Fashion Startup. What’s Auxilry? Auxilry are patented interchangeable shirt buttons that allow you to personally customize your shirts in seconds with no sewing needed. Auxiliare International is the first company in the world to create an integrated button system that combines no-sewing capabilities with button interchangeability. Anibal’s has materialized from concept to a pure adoration of luxuriant details that regenerates true individuals clothes leaving a lasting impression while solving common button problems. Auxiliare International LLC creates high-quality products that are timeless by staying true to the free-thinking world of design and lifestyle.
Partners and Sponsors
Featured Partners and Participants
Diana Franco is the Director of WE NYC – Women Entrepreneurs of New York City- housed under the NYC Department of Small Business Services, WE NYC is the official initiative of the City of New York to support and empower women entrepreneurs. Diana has been founding team-member of three tech start-ups with successful exits, the founder of an agency focused on helping foreign entrepreneurs to launch their products and services in the U.S., and co-founder of corewoman.org a foundation aiming to empower women professionally and economically. She has faced and overcome every challenge an entrepreneur could face, working for WE NYC is a natural extension of her work and passion.
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Brian Fried is a serial inventor with many of his inventions reaching mass retail, As Seen On TV, home shopping channels, catalogs and online retailers through licensing and manufacturing. He is the author of “Inventing Secrets Revealed” and “You & Your Big Ideas”, has been featured in the media including; New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Newsday, Inventors Digest, CBS News, Food Network and WPIX11. Brian hosts Got Invention Radio, interviewing high profile guests including, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and Lori Greiner from ABC’s Shark Tank and over 150 interviews. He founded and continues as President of inventor clubs on Long Island representing Nassau and Suffolk counties. Brian mentors and represents individual inventors to celebrities at all stages of the invention process, providing feedback, product development, licensing representation and turnkey solutions to make ideas a reality. He is considered an authority and advocate for inventors within the invention community. Brian has been requested as a guest speaker on innovation and invention at major trade shows, government agencies, schools and libraries throughout the country. He recently received the Innovator of the Year Award on Long Island and Proclamation from the County Executive. Fried was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the United Inventors Association of America.
Florencia Giordano is Program Manager of WE NYC, an initiative of the NYC Department of Small Business Services that is dedicated to helping women start and grow their businesses. She is a Master’s degree graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Felicia Lin is a social media strategist and author, who writes and speaks frequently about social media through her website and the events she organizes and hosts. Her website, www.felicialin.com offers social media advice online. She frequently consults on the topics of social media and crowdfunding strategy. She raised over $15,000 through crowdfunding for her current book project, the memoir of Su Beng, a Taiwanese revolutionary, activist and historian.
Nita Sanger is the Chief Executive Officer of Idea Innovate Consulting, a boutique strategy consulting firm focused on accelerating growth of Professional, Financial and Legal Services businesses. Nita brings over 25+ years of experience in strategy consulting and execution focused on innovating, transforming and growing various global businesses for large and mid-sized firms, and start-ups in the services industry. She brings domain expertise in the application of various technologies to transform the business, i.e. Artificial Intelligence / Cognitive, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Crowd sourcing, Crowd funding, Analytics, etc. In her previous roles, Nita has worked as the Chief Strategy Officer for a blockchain start-up focused on the legal industry, as the Head of Global Innovation for the Legal & Regulatory business of an information services provider, as a Director of Global Strategy and Innovation at a Big Four focused on financial and professional services, and as a Partner at a boutique consulting firm focused on strategic consulting to the financial services industry. Nita is passionate about empowering women to succeed in the culturally evolving, tech-enabled market place and in 2019 launched the Global Rise of Women in LegalTech (“GROWL”) initiative to support women in the industry. Nita received her MBA from Columbia Business School and had lived and worked in multiple countries.
Jason is a sales advisor to early and growth stage tech companies. Drawing on his experience from Cleanshelf, BetterWorks, Voray, and TriNet, Jason helps early stage companies develop specific & measurable plans to execute on their sales goals. Currently at TriNet, Jason also works with CEOs, CFOs, and founders of early and mid-stage businesses to implement a compliance, admin, and HR infrastructure for scale. The result is not only an improved benefits program and experience for employees, but cost & time savings for the leadership team to focus on strategy and business development.
Bill spent over 12 years in wealth management and marketing. His experience as a Private Banker in sports and entertainment lead him to New York, where he co-produced Mondo.NYC – a music discovery and blockchain festival. This gave rise to his co-founded company, Ei, a music agency dedicated to educating and training musicians in emerging technologies, such as blockchain. His goal is to be at the forefront of evolving the music industry to a place where the musician is given back the creative control, distribution and reward for their passion and talents.
Tom Capone is the Chairman and CEO of the New York Distance Learning Association (NYDLA.org). The NYDLA services 46% of the $1.3T education market for technology-based learning systems (TBLS). No matter what labels we use, the NYDLA aims to be the premier remote work, distance/digital learning and collaboration association in the United States and beyond. Whether it is via satellite, video conferencing, online, offline or other means of distribution, the NYDLA will provide the latest information about technology development, collaboration, design and application in our anytime, anywhere global collaboration world.
Local and global creators share their inventions through We The People FCBC and pop-up events.
Check out some recent We The People press coverage:
- St. Louis Magazine
- Business News Daily
- The NOW – TV Spot
- KSDK – TV Spot
- Chain Store Age
- St. Louis Post Dispatch
- St. Louis Today
- The Verge
Media partners and sponsors are also invited to FCBC events. Please reach out to Janice Dru at firstname.lastname@example.org or (267) 243-8498
In the spirit of giving back, we partner with local and global non-profits to strengthen community-wide initiatives that make a positive difference.
Local partners represent groups and individuals who support the mission of We The People who will be participating at our April event in New York.
Invited Universities and Schools
- New York University (NYU)
- Columbia University
- Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
- The City University of New York (CUNY)
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Interested in partnering with We The People for this event or future initiatives? Please reach out to Janice Dru at email@example.com or (267) 243-8498