RECESS + Fiverr Join Forces To Empower Student Entrepreneurs

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Leading online marketplace for digital services offers tools to startups participating in the RECESS Music + Ideas Festival Pitch Competition

RECESS will bring the Music + Ideas Festival 2016 Spring Tour to 18 colleges and universities across the country from April 5-18, 2016

“Fiverr allows companies running a lean model to find high-quality assistance with tasks they need done but don’t have the bandwidth or resources to do,” said RECESS co-founder, Deuce Thevenow.

RECESS, a leading creator of opportunities, content, and moments for motivated millennials and Gen Z, is partnering with Fiverr, the global marketplace for digital services, for the Spring 2016 RECESS Music + Ideas Festival. The two companies have teamed up to provide college entrepreneurs with the opportunities and tools they need to grow their ideas into viable businesses.

The Music + Ideas Festival, first launched in 2013, is the country’s only nationwide college startup pitch competition that showcases student startups along with some of the newest acts in music. Teams from eighteen (18) colleges and universities across the U.S. are given the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to top VCs and investors and get a shot at winning a $250,000 cash prize.

Fiverr has partnered with RECESS to provide Pitch Competition applicants with services to help get their startup off the ground. All applicants receive the “Startup Toolkit," which includes Fiverr credit and access to a private list of Fiverr services such as logo design, copywriting, illustration, SEO, web programming, and more.

This partnership was a natural fit, as the media and events company is also an avid user of the Fiverr platform.

“Running an early-stage startup requires doing a whole lot with very little, so sometimes you need an extra hand,” said RECESS co-founder, Deuce Thevenow. “Fiverr allows companies running a lean model to find high-quality assistance with tasks they need done but don’t have the bandwidth or resources to do.”

For winners of the Pitch Regional Semifinal rounds, the benefits of the partnership extend even further: a Premium Fiverr Package, which includes Fiverr credit to use in building an explainer video, one-on-one assistance from a Fiverr account manager, and a chance to win $2,500 in Fiverr credit.

The RECESS Music + Ideas Festival will be visiting colleges and universities in six (6) regions across the country from April 5th through April 28th. This year's Pitch Competition will be conducted in a bracket format. Regional Semifinalists -- the winners of each campus round -- will pitch on stage against other regional schools, competing for an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for the National rounds, held in June. Following each Regional Semifinal round, attendees are treated to a concert featuring artists including: Giraffage, GoldLink, Gryffin, Lil Dicky, SuperDuperKyle, SNBRN, Tory Lanez, Amtrac, and BJ the Chicago Kid.

To apply for the Pitch Competition, visit To RSVP for the concert, go to

To find out more on Fiverr and its catalogue of services, visit


RECESS Digital, Inc. was created to inspire and support next generation visionaries who will shape the future. It creates exclusive experiences for millennials and Gen Z– from nationwide entrepreneurial pitch competitions to concerts by the hottest acts in music. The company’s flagship event, the RECESS Music + Ideas Festival, is the only nationwide college campus tour that unites the brightest young minds with successful entrepreneurs through a bracket-format student startup pitch competition. More than 70,000 student participants on 35 campuses nationwide, including Cornell, New York University and the University of Pennsylvania, have participated in previous RECESS events.

RECESS was named one of Fast Company’s ‘Most Innovative Live Events Companies of 2016’. It is supported by world-renowned investors, including Tim Draper, Mark Cuban, Marc Benioff, and has worked with world-leading brands, such as L’Oreal Paris, Microsoft, IBM and LinkedIn.

About Fiverr:
Fiverr® is shaping the future of work, every day, by shifting the freelance economy online. Founded in 2010, with offices in New York City, Chicago, Miami and Tel Aviv, Fiverr is the world's most transacted marketplace for digital services. Our horizontal marketplace provides nearly any digital service in just one click, without haggling over the service deliverables or the price. Buyers can choose from the world's largest catalog of pre-packaged services ranging from graphic design to music/video editing to marketing and copywriting. Fiverr sellers looking to make extra cash have delivered millions of high-quality Gigs from 100+ categories of services, and across 196 countries. Fiverr's investors include Bessemer Venture Partners and Accel.

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