UFunded Brings Crowdfunding Resource to University Communities

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New Crowdfunding Site Leverages Alumni Affinity

“UFunded leverages the inherent affinity of alumni for their alma maters,” said Cuyler Hunter, CEO and co-founder.

Launching today, UFunded is the only crowdfunding platform dedicated to accelerating entrepreneurship within university communities.

Crowdfunding provides the opportunity for individuals to network and pool money and expertise to support entrepreneurship. The platform advances entrepreneurial endeavors by connecting a supportive community of funders to raise capital, seek advice and mentorship in an efficient, accessible way.

“UFunded leverages the inherent affinity of alumni for their alma maters,” said Cuyler Hunter, CEO and co-founder. “We enable students, alumni and faculty to showcase their products, services and ideas to an existing but yet untapped resource of alumni funders, advisors and collaborators.”

Funders can contribute money, expertise and advice to entrepreneurs in exchange for rewards, products or services selected by the entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur working with UFunded, the company connects the entrepreneur to a base of funders within the university community.

UFunded already supports six campaigns who have all received funding.

Pursuit is a pop-up clothing retailer based in Columbus, Ohio at the Gateway Center on Ohio State’s campus. Pursuit specializes in subtle and classic suits tailored to the modern guy.
Website: http://www.Pursuityourself.com

BRU is an on-premise brewery and bar scheduled to open in the summer of 2012. BRU, the first-of-its-kind in central Ohio, will allow individuals and groups to brew and bottle beer together using unique recipes. Website: http://www.Youbru.com

Social Dips
Social Dips is a microbrew concept salsa company. Social Dips has an innovative packaging design that uses disposable, single-use cups. The company has plans to develop a variety of innovative and seasonal flavors.

Creative Customizing:
Started in 2009, Creative Customizing specializes in customized, digital printing apparel. It provides clients with free, high-quality websites that allows the client to earn commissions by making sales through their website. Website: http://creativecustomizing.com/home

KC Carter Music Video for “Holding Me Back”
KC Carter has a love and passion for making music. His recently released album is entitled FLP 2 (Faith, Love, Passion). KC aspires to have his music stimulate a positive change in people’s lives. "Holding Me Back" is a single from FLP 2 that talks about not letting circumstances or people keep you from doing your best. The funding of this project will go towards the production cost for his music video. Website: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kccarter

Sidenow is a Facebook-inspired debate application that allows users to vote, share and debate their opinions among groups. This can be used among friends and by corporations. Users share their opinions and the majority vote is declared the winner. Website: http://www.sidenow.com

UFunded supports the recent JOBS Act that allows funders to make equity investments through crowdfunding platforms and will provide this vehicle to both entrepreneurs and funders in 2013.
To sign up now as an entrepreneur or funder, please visit http://www.UFunded.com.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, UFunded is the only crowdfunding platform dedicated to the connection between alumni and entrepreneurs. UFunded is co-founded by Cuyler Hunter and Luke Friedman, who identified an opportunity to create a space where entrepreneurs and alumni can pool resources together to strengthen the university communities they care about.

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