Welcome to the Bozeman Area Crowdfunding Platform. Bozeman has a unique collaborative environment between our community organizations, individuals, business owners, and entrepreneurs that allow for innovative ideas and growth to happen in our community. This platform will fill a gap in local funding and create an environment for validation of early start-up ventures and expansion opportunities for local businesses as well as, in the future, community based projects. Economic development works best when various strengths are brought to bear on challenges this project will improve and invigorate our current resource capabilities to develop a stronger, more sustainable business community.
All projects do require the endorsement from a local organizational partner that will also help you build an effective campaign. Please read through the Campaign Guidelines, contact an endorser, listed in the Guidelines, then submit your idea and unlock this powerful tool for your project.
Crowdfunding is the practice of sourcing small contributions from a large number of people to provide funding for a particular project or campaign, usually via the Internet. Bozeman is one of three initial demonstration sites that are provided with a crowdfunding platform (the internet site where campaigns reside) by The Local Crowd, a Wyoming organization that has received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to pay for the platform licensing fees and to provide associated training to communities like ours.
The Bozeman crowdfunding platform is being hosted by the Montana State University Small Business Development Center and administrated by a team including the Gallatin County BEAR program, and the MSU Jake Jabs School of Entrepreneurship. Community partners also include SCORE and the Prospera Women’s Business Center.
Platform Mission: Our mission is to provide a crowdfunding platform for everyone across our the diverse Bozeman community to use for sharing ideas and empowering each other’s interests in ways that strengthen Bozeman’s economy and quality of life.
Campaign Criteria: The following criteria must be met in order for a project to be posted on the Bozeman crowdfunding platform:
- The project is located in the Bozeman area.
- The project proposes a measurable benefit to the local economy and/or improvement to the quality of life in Bozeman.
- The project does not propose any illegal activities and would not be considered malicious or hateful toward any individual or group.
If your project meets these criteria go to the Campaign Guidelines page to choose an endorser to assist you through the campaign process and to ensure that all guidelines for a project are met.