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Patrick ChouinardBy Patrick Chouinard
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Patrick ChouinardBy Patrick Chouinard
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$3,552
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
25
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, February 13 2015 10:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

We believe in student entrepreneurship, we're living proof of it! Being a part of the entrepreneurship community at MSU has allowed us to launch many ideas. In this environment we have flourished and some of our successful ideas have significantly grown and are ready for a national audience. We have traveled to SXSW in the past to share our ideas, present our startups, learn from experts and meet others just like us. We are continually told to “go for it” or “don’t let anything stop you” and now we are up against our biggest challenge yet: SXSW Expenses. We have many startups that would benefit from going to SXSW (who wouldn't?) and nowhere near enough money to send everyone. With your help we will be able to send over twice as many students as last year and give us a permanent way to continue exploring. The Student Startup Bus will be used for future events such as Techweek (http://techweek.com/), student/company run Hackathons (https://mlh.io/), future SXSW conferences (http://sxsw.com/interactive ), and for when we just want to visit other entrepreneur communities. Donate today and you’ll allow us send over twice as many students to the 2015 SXSW Interactive Conference and to secure us a permanent way to continue exploring.

Here's how it works. Donate at one of our reward levels (at least $5) to the right and we'll promote your startup/company on the side of the bus. Your logo/message/app download code will be exposed to tens of thousands of people at the 2015 SXSW Interactive conference and all future trips with the bus. 

Past Problem:

Trying to send 12 students to a conference like SXSW by conventional means is too expensive. 

561*12 = $6732
561*12 = $6732

And if you're not cringing yet...

5*(~1200) = $6000
5*(~1200) = $6000

 In the past we have traveled to SXSW. The usual trip of half a dozen students will end up costing almost $10,000. $10,000 for a single event! What's worse is that only a select few students are picked to go.

Long Term Solution:

With the bus we will have our travel and lodging covered for this event and all future trips. 

We can now put more money from our budget into purchasing event passes so more students can attend. This will also allow us to now reserve some money to travel to other events we may never have had the chance to experience before.  

Our Guarantee:

We promise to get this bus a lot of exposure, like a lot. We will drive this into the city every morning and throughout the afternoon to shuttle us around. Thousands of people will be exposed to this bus and we think it will be unlike anything they have seen before-at this and other future events.

Your startup will be advertised on a sandwich (dibond) panel.

It is a very strong and durable material. Once it's screwed into the bus it isn't going anywhere. Production of your ad will be completed by the local professionals at Capital Imaging. 

 

Rewards:

Risks and challenges

A very real risk that we cannot eliminate is the possibility of the bus breaking down. It is what it is when you use an old vehicle, but we will not allow this possibility to ruin our trip. We have ability to make any minor repairs and ensure we will not be left to waste in the middle of nowhere-we will attend this conference. A new bus will be provided if necessary for future events and we will transfer over all backer materials.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    SHOUT OUT

    We will worship your name for 1 second on our twitter and facebook. You'll also get special video updates throughout the trip and conferenc!

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    RIDE ALONG

    You're on the bus! Mail us your startup sticker (size of .083sqft, i.e. no bigger than 3in x 4in) and we'll slap it on the bus.

    Includes SHOUT OUT.

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    EARLY BIRD

    You get wermms!

    Sorry, bad joke, but you get something better. ONE SQUARE FOOT of space on the exterior of the bus! Send us an email of the logo you want to be displayed and secure your footprint on the bus.

    Includes SHOUT OUT.

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    SPECIAL BACKER

    Aren't we all special? Yes, but it takes an extra special backer to shell out and help us without any ad-space. You get an awesome special backer t-shirt, exclusive to this tier level only!

    Includes SHOUT OUT.

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    EARLY BIRD: WINDOW

    Get your startup on one of the bus side windows (around 12in x 22in)! Send us an email of the logo you want to be displayed and secure your footprint on the bus.

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    SWAG (BOX) BACKER

    Get 4sqft of ad space on the side of the bus and put us to work! Send us a 1 cubic foot box (ex. 1ft x 1ft x 1ft) of "swag" and we'll pass everything out at SXSW!

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    VIP BACKER

    Get 10sqft of ad space on the side of the bus and put us to work! Send us a 4 cubic foot box (ex. 1ft x 2ft x 2ft) of "swag" and we'll pass everything out at SXSW!

    BONUS: all 12 of us will even wear your company t-shirt for 24hrs at SXSW!

    Includes SHOUT OUT.

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    Organization Backer

    Get 25sqft of ad space on the side of the bus to promote your organization or program. Send us a 4 cubic foot box (ex. 1ft x 2ft x 2ft) of "swag" and we'll pass everything out at SXSW!

    BONUS: all 12 of us will even wear your company t-shirt for 24hrs at SXSW!

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    THE LEGEND

    You are awesome.
    You are intelligent.
    You are strong.
    You smell good.
    You are gentle.
    You are bae.
    You only win.
    You have style.
    You can close.
    You are classic.
    You do rock.
    You are young.
    You can cook.
    You are warm.
    You are intriguing.
    You are charming.
    You can dance.
    You are rebellious.
    You are delicious.
    You are Illuminati.
    You are sharp.
    You are fun.
    You are bacon.
    You are infatuating.
    We dig you.
    You are awesome.


    You get to name the bus! We will film a christening ceremony in your honor for our maiden voyage. The name will be proudly painted on the front, back, and roof sides of bus and all the t-shirts we send out. Your ad space will be an entire bus side (150-200sqft)! Also send us a 4 cubic foot box (ex. 1ft x 2ft x 2ft) of "swag" and we'll pass everything out at SXSW!

    BONUS: all 12 of us will even wear your company t-shirt for 24hrs at SXSW!

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Funding period

- (30 days)