Idea.me, an international crowdfunding platform, on Thursday announced its expansion to Miami and the launch of the Create Miami campaign, which will help 20 Miami entrepreneurs receive funding for their ideas from investors in the United States, Latin America and beyond. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing $175,000 to bring Idea.me to the United States.
The Create Miami campaign will establish a platform to crowdfund ideas from entrepreneurs who are focused on creating social, urban or community impact in Greater Miami. The campaign aims to identify 20 entrepreneurs to feature on the Idea.me platform. The selected entrepreneurs will receive workshops, marketing support and coaching to help with business development and growth, in addition to fundraising opportunities through the Idea.me site. Knight Foundation will match 50 percent of any funds raised through the platform with a limit of $5,000 per project. Applications are open until June 15 at idea.me/createmiami.
Idea.me is the largest crowdfunding platform in Latin America, with more than 110,000 backers who have signed up to help fund cutting-edge ideas. Idea.me has funded about 1,700 projects, mainly in Latin America.
“As an international gateway, Miami was our first choice for global expansion,” said Alejo Nitti, Idea.me director. “Our goal is to engage and connect the Greater Miami community. We want to partner with passionate entrepreneurs to take their creativity around tech and innovation to the next level.”