Launched in 2014, Sowefund combines crowdfunding with advice from investment professionals to help start-ups and innovative companies find financing.
The FundTruck, which is intended specifically for startups looking for funding, is particularly innovative in the way it works: it will give 20 start-ups the opportunity to present their projects for a mixed audience (investors, consumers and operational partners) from a truck that will travel through the streets of Paris. Start-ups will also have the opportunity to be coached by successful entrepreneurs, a.k.a. mentors, to help them present themselves the most effectively.
The Fundtruck project will have two main phases:
Phase 1, which will go until September 6: applications accepted for the contest and public vote
Between June 3rd and September 6th, start-ups and young innovative companies have been welcome to enter the competition. You can register here: http://fundtruck.com/register/.
At the same time, the general public has the chance to vote for their favorite submitted project: http://fundtruck.com/category/startups/
5 of the 20 semi-finalists will be chosen by voters.
In Phase 2, Fundtruck will travel the streets of Paris and 5 finalists will be selected.
During the months of September and October 2015, the 20 chosen startups will pitch their projects during one or more of 5 Fundtruck excursions around various emblematic locations in the capital. At each stop, the general public will once again be asked to vote for their favorite project. At the end of each trip, the audience votes will be combined with investor and partner preferences to decide which 5 finalists should be kept (one each per trip).
Apply for Fundtruck:
The competition is open to any young French company seeking between € 100,000 and € 5 million in development financing. The application must be submitted here
There is still time to sign up! The project organizers are still looking for young companies to join. You can register through September 6.
Vote for your favorite project
Over 100 innovative start-ups are showcasing projects in many different fields! Take some time to discover, connect and vote for the project you like the most. You have until September 6 to choose which start-up will get the funds to support its future development!
Logically, OpenInnov by Engie is official partner of the Fundtruck operation, which matches perfectly with its DNA: an ecosystem of innovation, start-ups and investment.@
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