The city will soon ignite again. Many remember last April, the inaugural One Spark festival, when downtown was transformed into a creator’s utopia.
One Spark is a five-day, crowd-funded festival that serves as a platform for creators to exhibit their ideas. The projects will be exposed to more than 100,000 people with the idea of connecting creators to the resources they need to make their ideas a reality.
People will display projects from the five categories: art, music, science, technology and newly added, innovation. They will have the chance to win from $310,000 of crowd funds and awards.
Last year the top winner was Rethreaded, a creative company with the mission to break the cycle of the sex trade. The project brought home more than $6,000 in crowd-funds.
The founder of Rethreaded, Kristen Keen, said that One Spark was a game changer and not only because of the winnings.
“It put us on the map,” Keen said, ”most people in Jacksonville heard about us though One Spark.”
This year, a newly reformed price structure will allow for even more winners than last year. Sponsored awards, including a check for the project that gains the highest amount of online contributions, will fund great ideas.
Even the “losers” of One Spark may get their big break. Private investors, gallery owners and music producers will bring $3.25 million to the table.
Last year, Shad Khan’s STACHE fund invested over $1 million in emerging businesses and this year he will invest again.
According to Mededith O’Malley Johnson, the Public Relations and Volunteer Services Manager of One Spark, the number one benefit surveyed creators got from One Spark was “immediate market feedback and validation from the general public.”
Sylvia Walker, a creator last year, only received $647 from crowd funds, but she credits One Spark to her success.
“The exposure and the branding that we got from One Spark in … More