Pittsburgh based InventHelp, has announced the forthcoming launch of an invention focused crowdfunding platform FundAnIdea which will launch in coming weeks. The site will offer both rewards based and equity based crowdfunding.
InventHelp was established in 1984 and currently employs over 100 people and is said to maintain the largest network of regional offices in over 60 cities in the US, Canada, Germany and Australia.
The new site will allow inventors to create a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to help fund their idea. InventHelp states that what sets FundAnIdea apart from other crowdfunding sites is that if an idea is fully funded, InventHelp has the capabilities and resources to help inventors get in touch with companies to discuss potentially manufacturing, marketing, or licensing the product.
“Inventors are now realizing that crowdfunding is another option to assist in the creation of their idea, even if they lack the funds to do it on their own,” states Robert Susa, President of InventHelp. “The biggest problem for crowdfunders right now is they may be unsure how to utilize their funds to create their product or service after their campaigns are fully funded. InventHelp has the resources to assist them.”
FundAnIdea will also offer a la carte services such as: assisting with obtaining a provisional patent, graphic design, video production services, and social media management.
Susa believes that crowdfunding is the new way companies will be able to fund anything.
“InventHelp’s mission is to help everyday inventors, and crowdfunding corresponds with our company vision. We are very excited to start this new journey with inventors and crowdfunding donors alike.”
The equity-based crowdfunding portion of FundAnIdea.com will be powered by BankRoll.Ventures, founded and operated by Kendall Almerico, a well known equity crowdfunding attorney, with all campaigns backed by a FINRA licensed broker-dealer.
In another interesting note, the Observer reported that George Foreman of Boxing / Grilling fame was part of the launch. The report later updated its copy to state that FundAnIdea indicates that Foreman is only a spokesperson for the new crowdfunding platform and has little to do with the site.