The Local Crowd Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana
Campaigns

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.
 

About Us

About Us

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.

Campaign Guidelines

In order to encourage the greatest chance of success the idea submission and the ensuing campaign creation requires meeting (phone, web, or in person) with an “endorser” who will ensure that guidelines are in place for your project and then will serve as your mentor, as needed, through the campaign process and beyond.

Before an idea is submitted please be ready to share the following with the endorser:

  • Overall strategy to implement project and the end result
  • Business model – how your new business will make money or how an improvement for an existing business will improve the bottom line
  • How much money is needed and how it will be utilized – there is an initial limit of $15,000

Endorsers and contact information: Choose one today and get started!

Gallatin County Business Expansion and Retention Program (BEAR) – Warren Vaughan, warren.vaughan@gallatin.mt.gov
SCORE – Karen Vinton, scorebozeman@gmail.com
SBDC – Anya Petersen-Frey, anya.petersenfrey@montana.edu
Women’s Business Center – Suzi Berget White, swhite@prosperabusinessnetwork.org
MSU School of Entrepreneurship – Gary Bishop, gbishop@montana.edu
MSU Students – Launchpad: Les Craig, les@msulaunchpad.org

Submit An Idea

Submit an Idea

Do you have an idea for a great campaign? We want to hear from you! Use the button below to access our submission application.