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Crowdfunding campaign raises $3 million to protect Princess Louisa Inlet property

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CBC News | Sep 3, 2019

Andrew day BC parks foundation - Crowdfunding campaign raises $3 million to protect Princess Louisa Inlet propertyThe fundraising campaign to buy a swath of remote coastal wilderness on the Sunshine Coast has been a success.

The B.C. Parks Foundation, an independent charity that works with B.C. Parks, was able to raise $3 million to buy 800 hectares in Princess Louisa Inlet from a private seller. The inlet is about 100 kilometres northwest of Vancouver.

The last amount of the money needed came in at the last minute, right on Tuesday's deadline.

B.C. Parks Foundation CEO Andrew Day says this will be one of the first crowdfunded protected parks in the country.

"It's just an amazing, amazing thing that people have done," he said.  "It was so many people who gave us $10 or $15 and said, 'This is all I can do, but this is a wonderful thing that you're doing.'"

The sale will not be final until Sept. 3, but Day says he does not expect anything to stand in the way.

"We knew that there had been a couple offers from forestry companies to buy that property and that's why we got involved in the first place," he said.

Day has previously said the B.C. Parks Foundation wants to keep the land from being logged and developed.

"It's really a huge portion of the inlet and we'll do our best to make sure that that area stays protected forever," Day said.

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - Crowdfunding campaign raises $3 million to protect Princess Louisa Inlet property The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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Regulation Crowdfunding Surpasses $250,000,000 in Commitments The Model is Working but its Potential is Much Greater

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Crowdfund Capital Advisors | Sherwood 'Woodie' Neiss | Aug 7 ,2019

RegCF - Crowdfunding campaign raises $3 million to protect Princess Louisa Inlet propertyIt has been just over 3 years since Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) went into effect and most recently the industry surpassed a quarter of a billion dollars in commitments. Since inception over 1,800 companies in cities all across the United States have filed to raise money under Regulation Crowdfunding. Over 271,000 investors, most of which are friends, followers or customers of these businesses have made commitments to start, scale or expand operations.

The average raise stands around $237,000 which firmly addresses the Valley of Death[1] issue. Most of the successful companies are raising funds in less than 90 days which is far faster than other forms of financing like Venture Capital or Bank Loans. There’s been no fraud or Wild West as opponents had claimed.

“Essentially we built a financing mechanism which is doing exactly what we said it would,” said Sherwood Neiss Principal at Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) “We’re funding local businesses with a vested group of local investors that is creating local jobs and powering local economies.”

Regulation Crowdfunding began on May 16, 2016. It allows any startup or small business to raise up to $1,070,000 online from family, friends and followers (accredited or not) provided issuers use an online investment platform that is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and disclose information about their company and financial wellbeing.

See:  The SEC Publishes Report on Reg CF: “The number of crowdfunding offerings as well as the total amount of funding during the considered period was relatively modest”

Since the industry began, Crowdfund Capital Advisors has been collecting information on every offering in its CCLEAR Database. CCLEAR is the leading Regulation Crowdfunding database that collects, cleans, aggregates and reports on all companies seeking funds via Regulation Crowdfunding as well as those doing parallel 506(c) offerings[2]. This information includes financial performance, security offering, valuation, industry, daily commitments and number of investors. The information is summarized and published on a daily basis on the CCLEAR Regulation Crowdfunding dashboard.

Here are some key data trends:

  • Capital commitments – From FY17[3] to FY18 capital commitments increased 178% from $45.7M to $81.1M. The second full FY of Reg CF saw capital commitments increase 139% to $113M. Total capital commitments to date is over $250M.
  • Issuers – During the same period the number of companies seeking to raise funds increased 187% from 317 to 592 and 137% to 810 in FY19. Total issuers to date is over 1,800.
  • Investors – The number of individual investors grew from 44.5k in FY17 to 92.6K in FY18 to 117.8K in FY19. Total investors to date is over 270,000.

“No matter how you look at it, there’s been an impressive growth of at least 250% in 2 years,” says Neiss. “If we extrapolate out over the next 2 years, we estimate that over 3,400 companies across the United States will receive half a billion dollars by over half a million investors.”

CCLEAR captures a maximum of 56 different industries from Advertising and Marketing, to Healthcare and Utilities. During the first fiscal year there were 44 industries represented. That number increased to 47 last fiscal year. While application software, alcoholic beverages, business services, consumer packaged goods, entertainment, personal services and restaurants were the most common industries seeking funds, financial services, business services, employment services and retail saw the greatest increase in offerings between the first and third fiscal years.

“The wide representation of so many industries speaks to the broad appeal of regulation crowdfunding to both companies seeking and investors looking to deploy capital,” says Neiss. “No matter what industry you are in, if you have an engaged group of customers that could be investors, Regulation Crowdfunding is something you should explore.”

Companies in 48 of the 50 States have registered to raise funds via Reg CF.

See:  OurCrowd Double IPO Success Provides Crowdfunding Validation

From an employment perspective, the data shows that Reg CF continues to sustain and support local jobs. In the first fiscal year over 1,482 jobs were supported. This grew by another 3,150 in the second fiscal year and another 4,448 in the third.

“Collectively almost 10,000 jobs have been supported around the United States since the launch of Regulation Crowdfunding,” says Neiss.

“We expect this number to grow by another 10,000 in the next 2 years. 20,000 jobs means 20,000 people employed by local businesses and reinvesting their income back into these communities through mortgage payments, groceries, dining out, education and more. This is how we support local economies. And we are doing it despite the current $1M cap on company raises. Imagine what we could do if we increased these caps from $1M to $5M, $10M or $20M? It is easy to see how we could increase this from 20,000 to 200,000 jobs.”

While not all Regulation Crowdfunding companies are revenue generating those that are had over $400M of Revenue in their most recent fiscal year.

“Given that the majority of these firms are growing and reinvesting their earnings, you can only imagine the multiplier effect that this has on local economies,” says Neiss. “Businesses are reinvesting into their local economies by purchasing goods and services to support them and hiring employees. And employees are using their paychecks to support themselves. Together we estimate they are pouring close to a billion dollars into local economies.”

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - Crowdfunding campaign raises $3 million to protect Princess Louisa Inlet property The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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Blockchain Association Takes Over Kik’s ‘Defend Crypto’ Crowdfunding Effort

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Coindesk | Nikhilesh De | June 28, 2019

blockchain association to defend crypto fund - Crowdfunding campaign raises $3 million to protect Princess Louisa Inlet propertyCanada-based social media company Kik is relinquishing control of its legal defense crowdfunding campaign to the Blockchain Association in an effort to broaden the initiative’s reach.

Kik and the Blockchain Association announced Friday that the D.C.-based lobbyist group would be taking over “Defend Crypto,” the crowdfunding initiative that Kik previously launched to raise funds for its ongoing battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

While Kik will retain the $5 million it initially contributed to the fund, all of the other donations – some $1.9 million – will be set aside for other crypto projects facing similar lawsuits. What’s more, the company intends to donate $500,000 in kin tokens to help support the fund.

The move represents a significant departure from the effort’s initial goal. According to the campaign’s website, all donations were supposed to solely support Kik’s legal efforts.

“Once the case against Kik is resolved, all remaining funds, including any portion of the initial $5 [million] contribution by Kik, will be allocated to a nonprofit organization to be used for other initiatives that help with innovation in our industry,” the website read as of June 24.

However, in its announcement on Friday, Kik wrote “if we are going to Defend Crypto, we need to do it as a collective.”

See: SEC sues Kik for US$100M for ‘illegal’ securities offering of digital tokens

The Blockchain Association was chosen to helm the initiative due to its advocacy work for the crypto industry, Kik spokesperson Tanner Philp told CoinDesk.

“[The Blockchain Association] will be in the best position to objectively allocate the resources to the highest impact initiatives,” he wrote in an email.

Kristin Smith, who currently heads the association, said in a statement that the initiative would continue to focus on legal battles for crypto startups, saying:

“As stewards of the Defend Crypto fund, we will establish a structure to participate in legal proceedings that will have an outsize, positive impact on the entire crypto ecosystem.”

Smith added that “regulatory clarity is sorely needed for companies and consumers in the crypto economy,” possibly referencing Kik’s argument that the SEC’s complaint against the startup will add regulatory clarity for crypto projects.

“We think we’ll be able to leverage this fund to constructively engage with the courts,” she said.

SEC vs Kik

Kik’s legal battle with the SEC began last year, when the U.S. securities regulator told the company that it may have violated federal law when it conducted a token sale in 2017.

See:  Kik is Crowdfunding $5 Million in Crypto to Help Fight SEC

Kik disagreed with that assessment, and later took the unprecedented step of making both the initial Wells Notice – the SEC’s argument on how Kik violated federal law – and its own response public.

Ted Livingston, the CEO of the company, told CoinDesk last month that it had already spent some $5 million going back and forth with the SEC since its initial Wells Response, but the regulator ultimately went forward with the lawsuit, filing a complaint against Kik earlier this month.

According to the complaint, Kik saw an initial coin offering as a last-minute effort to generate revenue, and promotional statements by Livingston during the sale supported the argument that the kin token is a security.

Attorneys told CoinDesk that the SEC case appears strong, though several warned that initial complaints are supposed to, and do not necessarily indicate the outcome of a case.

Kik has yet to formally respond to the complaint, though general counsel Eileen Lyon argued in a statement that the SEC’s case is based on “flawed legal theory,” and Livingston’s statements indicating that kin’s price would rise was not a promise of profit.

Broader reach

The shift for Defend Crypto stems from the number of other projects that are facing their own legal cases, as per Friday’s announcement.

Kik’s crowdfunding push began a conversation about the SEC’s efforts to police the ICO space, it said.

“The SEC has been very effective in keeping everyone in different corners of the room, making it feel like their challenges with the SEC are unique to them, like they are going it alone,” the announcement reads. “We know how this feels – which is why we decided to make our Wells Notice and Wells Response public in January – we knew we couldn’t be the only ones. What we didn’t anticipate was just how many have been affected by the cloud of uncertainty.”

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - Crowdfunding campaign raises $3 million to protect Princess Louisa Inlet property The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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SmartHalo crowdfunds an additional $1 million for smart biking device

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Betakit | | June 13, 2019

smart halo 300x198 - Crowdfunding campaign raises $3 million to protect Princess Louisa Inlet propertyMontreal-based SmartHalo, a smart biking device developer, has successfully crowdfunded $1 million for the second generation of its product on Kickstarter.

“It made sense to return to Kickstarter after the success of the first SmartHalo campaign,” the company wrote on its Kickstarter page. “It’s a great platform for us to share our vision and receive the support needed to bring it to life. Crowdfunding allows us to give back to our community by giving our fans the opportunity to get the new SmartHalo first and at a discounted price. It’s a winning solution for everyone.”

SmartHalo2 is a connective device that allows riders to track cycling metrics, sync that data with fitness apps, and find new routes with navigation signals. It is water-resistant and comes fitted with an anti-theft alarm and a front light. Arguably its most recognizable new feature is PeekDisplay, which complements the product’s Halo display to provide more visible information to the rider.
“We see a huge opportunity in cycling. Not necessarily for sports, but for mobility,” said Xavier Peich, CEO and co-founder of SmartHalo. “Cities are investing in better infrastructure, while increasingly limiting car access and parking to downtown cores. This is a huge trend that is coming to Canada sooner than we think.”

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SmartHalo, formerly known as CycleLabs Solutions Inc, was founded in 2014 by Peich, Gabriel Alberola, Maxime Couturier, and Olivier Bourbonnais. In 2015, the company launched its first Kickstarter campaign, resulting in over 3,000 community pledges and raising half a million dollars. In 2016, the company raised a $328,000 angel round, and has been backed by Fonds Innovexport since 2017, a Quebec-based fund that also backs the likes of cloud software company, AlayaCare.

In the second half of 2017, the company struck a deal with Apple, distributing the SmartHalo device in Apple stores across North America and Europe. Peich said SmartHalo is both the first Kickstarter project and the first Canadian hardware company to launch at Apple. Since then, the company has delivered 25,000 units to cyclists in over 70 countries. Peich told BetaKit the company expects to raise a Series A sometime this year.

The company participated in The Next36’s 2016 Venture Day, where Peich was recognized as a Next Founders Valedictorian. The company also advanced to the finals of the Startup Community Awards in 2017, placing in the top three in the Startup Champion of the Year category.

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Art Gallery of Ontario shows off the Yayoi Kusama infinity room it’s crowdfunding to buy

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CBC News | Nov 23, 2018

yayao kusama 1 300x196 - Crowdfunding campaign raises $3 million to protect Princess Louisa Inlet propertyMore than 3,000 people contributed to campaign to buy new installation from renowned Japanese artist

LET'S SURVIVE FOREVER.

That's the name of the infinity mirrored room the Art Gallery of Ontario plans to purchase from world-renowned artist Yayoi Kusama — that is, if its crowdfunding campaign is successful. And yes, it's always spelled in all-caps, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) said.

Over 3,000 people have already chipped in a contribution to permanently acquire the brand new Kusama installation, even though they hadn't seen it until now.

The AGO said its campaign has brought in around half of the $1.3 million it needs to buy the work, but it's hoping more people donate on next week's "Giving Tuesday," a day devoted to donations following "Black Friday" shopping.

Here's a look inside the room:

The major installation, which will be given a special place at the downtown Toronto gallery, features mirrored orbs on the ground and suspended from the ceiling — similar to the work Narcissus Garden, which dominated a large room in the AGO during last year's ultra-popular Kusama exhibit.

There's also a mirrored rectangular column inside the LED-lit room, which creates what's said to feel like an infinity room inside an infinity room.

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Latest West Coast Tourism Location, Squamish Canyon, Opens Up Investment to the Community by Equity Crowdfunding to Create an All Ages All Weather Experience through Amazing Canyons and Waterfalls

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FrontFundr Release | Victoria Bennett | Oct 31, 2018

Squamish canyon 1 - Crowdfunding campaign raises $3 million to protect Princess Louisa Inlet propertyAs Squamish, on B.C.'s busy west coast, cements its reputation as the Outdoor Capital of Canada, it opens up a challenge, what do you do if you can't or don't want to do extreme sports?

SQUAMISH, BC, October 31, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Squamish sits between two of the biggest tourist destinations in Canada – Vancouver, B.C. and Whistler, B.C. and is quickly becoming a destination itself. The Squamish tourism market has been growing at an amazing rate, even faster than B.C.'s tourism market as a whole. In 2017, there was a total of 5,713,926 overnight international visitor arrivals to the province, including 3,691,074 visitors from the US, 1,277,878 from Asia Pacific. The government has been putting more and more resources into attracting tourists to this amazing part of the world and the investment is paying off – in B.C., the tourism gross domestic product grew more rapidly in 2016 than all other industries combined.

Many of the activities in and around Squamish are designed specifically for the extreme sports enthusiast and very able outdoors people, even the hiking is difficult. The Sea to Sky Gondola (constructed in 2014) is one of the only attractions in the Squamish area that caters to visitors of all abilities. Additional attractions and activities that all levels and abilities can enjoy are needed in this area, to address the surge in visits by local and international tourists. Robin Sherry, founder and project lead of Squamish Canyon has met with the different levels of government from the city to roads to parks and first responders and they are all struggling to keep up with the rate of tourism growth in the region. There is still a need for investment and support by the government to the Parks, but there is also a need for private industry to play its role.

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As the area has grown through tourism the community has grown too and having alternative activities for both tourists and the community that are safe, all weather and all ages has become paramount.

Working closely with the logging community and industry in the area, Squamish Canyon is preserving 26 acres of forest and creating low impact activities including interpretive forest and canyon walks, playground and entertainment area. Five years in the planning, Sherry is working with local businesses and contractors with international and local experience to have Squamish Canyon ready to open in Summer, 2019.

Robin Sherry commented, "I've lived in Squamish for over ten years and seen the huge growth in tourism but also the growth in the town. I am very involved in the outdoor community, but I also want everyone to be able to participate in this stunning location. Participation means a number of things; to be able to walk safely through temperate rainforest and understand the history ,culture and ecology, to bring local businesses in as suppliers, to create meaningful jobs that enable people to live in Squamish and to open up the investment to the community, so people can benefit from revenues made by Squamish Canyon."

Squamish Canyon launched their equity crowdfunding campaign on Canada's largest investment crowdfunding platform, FrontFundr on Tuesday, October 30th. Canadians can invest from $250 on the platform. Prior to launch, nearly $300,000 has already been reserved by investors.

Key Data
- Approximately 7.6 million people drive the Sea to Sky Highway per annum; 60 – 70% of those are estimated to be visitors to the area.
- Squamish Canyon is located 65 km from Whistler BC, which sees approximately 2.7 million visitors annually.
- Squamish Canyon is nestled in the Coastal Mountains at the end of the Howe Sound surrounded by fjords and waterfalls in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. The canyon is a few minutes off the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway, close to the world famous Stawamus Chief (340,000 visitors annually), Shannon Falls Provincial Park (475,000 visitors annually) and the Sea to Sky Gondola (400,000 visitors annually).
- The Sea to Sky Gondola sees approximately 400,000 visitors annually and far exceeded its highest visitor projections in the first year of operations. An estimated 80% of gondola visitors were specifically coming to the area to ride the gondola and not just passing through on the way to Whistler (Kirby Brown, General Manager, Sea to Sky Gondola).
Squamish Canyon will be located 62 km from Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver, BC – over 800,000 visitors annually
- The focus for Tourism Squamish is currently on attracting multi-generational tourists from the Lower Mainland (Lesley Weeks, Executive Director of Tourism Squamish)

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For more information or to arrange an interview contact Victoria Bennett victoria@bmwconsults.com (403) 589 7992

Full details of the offering can be found in the Offering Memorandum. This document is for information purposes only. Please consult your finance professional before making an investment.

Squamish Canyon is a proposed destination addressing the Sea to Sky Corridor's critical lack of engaging, safe, and fun experiences for visitors of all ages. British Columbia's Highway 99 from Horseshoe Bay to Lillooet (known as the Sea to Sky Highway) links Metro Vancouver with Whistler and Squamish, BC. It is one of the busiest tourist highways in Canada, with day parks along the route seeing up to 900,000 visitors per year. And for those without advanced abilities, it's a destination they cannot fully experience.

Mamquam Adventures Inc, a local company with world-class partners, is changing that, designing a year-round, all-weather experience; one that can be enjoyed by the local 'big kids', parents with toddlers, grandma and grandpa, and almost anyone in between on the Vancouver - Squamish - Whistler highway.

At Squamish Canyon, you will be immersed in the natural beauty of the place named "Mother of Wind", walking over waterfalls, along the edge of canyon walls, and through a majestic rainforest on boardwalks, bridges, and suspended walkways, an experience only a whitewater kayaker or climber could previously enjoy. Along the journey, visitors will learn about local ecosystems, glacial water systems, outdoor safety, the history of the land and the First Nations of the area, as well as safety and conservation.

Mamquam Adventures Inc. values environmental and social sustainability, public transparency, and accountability. The company intends to balance growth and purpose in creating Squamish Canyon. The project brings together industry and tourism, diversifying the economy of the area, and creating a place for the local community and visitors to revel in the natural, rustic beauty of Canada's outdoor recreation capital.

Squamish Canyon. A destination waiting.

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Tamar Huggins, the founder and executive director of Tech Spark, a Toronto-based tech and design school that aims to empower girls and children of colour through tech education, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 for its Summer of INNOVATION program.

The Summer of INNOVATION is a summer camp that will allow Tech Spark to teach 100 children from underserved communities in the Greater Toronto Area how to create 100 tech-based projects this summer. Throughout the summer, students will learn how to build and fly their own drones, create mobile apps, create chatbots, build a multi-page website, create a 2D game, and create music and build movable contraptions through virtual reality.

The campaign expands on the tech and design school’s goal to increase the representation of women and people of colour in Canada’s tech ecosystem.

The goal is to create a pipeline that engages and supports underserved children and enables them to become creators and innovators. According to Tamar Huggins, the Summer of INNOVATION supports Tech Spark’s mission of creating an inclusive and diverse tech community.

The campaign expands on the tech and design school’s goal to increase the representation of women and people of colour in Canada’s tech ecosystem, tackling the issue of women and people of colour avoiding STEM careers due to gender and racial stereotypes.

Huggins said the Summer of Innovation campaign can help remove barriers to innovation education for youth in the GTA and close the divide that exists for many girls and children of colour in Canada.

“Tech Spark launched this campaign to meet the overwhelming demand for our programs and to expand our reach into more high-needs neighbourhoods in Toronto and Durham region,” said Huggins.

“We want to engage new students with innovative programs they do not have access to either financially or locally. I don’t believe finances or location should be a barrier to education. Our hope is that together, we change the trajectory of each child we encounter. Many students come to our programs excited, but not sure of their own abilities. We want each student to graduate with a new sense of self-efficacy and higher levels of self-confidence.”

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Tech Spark says the fundraised $50,000 will be used to invest in equipment that can be reused for future Summer of INNOVATION programs; to cover the cost to sponsor each child for six weeks of summer camp; provide honourariums and cover travel expenses for the program’s educators and tech mentors; and cover the cost of class materials.

Tech Spark has raised $1,375 to date and its campaign is open for seven more days. Check out the Summer of INNOVATION’s Indiegogo campaign here.


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