Behind every business plan, book idea, documentary or artistic endeavor conceptualized on Capitol Hill is a passionate person who could probably use a few extra bucks.
Crowdsourcing funding platforms are helping these entrepreneurs and artists make their dreams a reality. Support your neighbors and check out a couple local projects currently seeking funding.
We plan to make Capitol Hill Crowdfund a regular part of the site — if you let us know about your project already, stay tuned. If you’d like to make a pitch, tell us about your project and its relevance to Capitol Hill. We’ll be happy to help you out. Just remember the little guys when you go big-time.
CONCEPT: BedlamBedlam in the Spring – Expanding a small business prototyping small business technology.
Raised: $120/$25,000 goal
Indiegogo campaign ends: April 11
BedlamBedlam is a gothic and alternative clothing and accessory store on Capitol Hill, located at 613 E Pike. Its owners are seeking $25,000 to expand into new clothing brands and non-clothing items, expand their men’s selection, open for extended hours, and create an online store, gift management and other technological advances. CHS wrote about the store’s debut on the Hill in 2011.
Donation Perk: Larger donation levels comes with a gift certificate for equal or greater value.
Two women in their 20’s aim to create a free pop-up gallery project on Capitol Hill. The first gallery location is the Melrose Building, where they will be through the end of June to curate contemporary artwork. Along with video art, sound art, multi-media installations, land art and fabricated objects, Pixel aims to host First Thursday events with live music and performances in their space. The $10,000 will go toward gallery costs, including high-end projectors, audio equipment, directional speakers, lumber, paint, lights and utility costs.
“So, a guy grumpily walks up to the counter and says “Soy mocha.” I reply, “Hi, mocha. Soy Matt. What would you like to order?” – BitterBarista.com
The Bitter Barista, who we’ve reported lives on Capitol Hill, is working to turn his collection of snarky coffee-fueled comments, which got him fired, into a coffee table book. Matt Watson has already reached his goal, but backers can still snag a copy of the 60-page book when it’s published.
Finding Kim is the story of a nearly 50-year-old Seattle resident going through the journey of gender re-assignment. Filmmakers are seeking $10,000 for production costs of a documentary about Kim, which will be filmed in Seattle. The documentary aims to discover Kim’s thought process through the surgery and allow viewers to get a new outlook on gender. Backers can receive a copy of the film upon its release.
Do you have a Capitol Hill-relevant project that you’re trying to fund through an online platform? Let us know: chs@capitolhillseattle – and make sure to tell us about the Capitol Hill element :)