This Wednesday: Learn to Crowdfund Your Game at IGDA OTT

IDGA Ottawa Crowdfunding for Games
A few weeks ago at Startup Weekend Ottawa, local entrepreneurs gathered to pitch startup ideas, many of which were apps or games. They received mentoring and advice throughout the weekend, and the winning participants walking away with prizes to make a go of their business ideas.

One of the judges, Code Cubitt of Mistral Venture Partners, cautioned the participants not to rely too heavily on crowd-funding as a chief source of funding. He explained that successful crowd-funding campaigns can be incredibly expensive to run, and that some companies invest in crowd efforts primarily as marketing campaigns to generate additional buzz about their apps. In fact, he told a couple of stories about companies who were already well funded before they ran their Kickstarters, injecting upwards of $150,000 into their campaigns; a reality that most start-ups just don't live.

However, if you have a new app or game that you feel is destined for crowd-funding greatness (especially since KickStarter has recently come to Canada), then you might be interested in a free workshop Wednesday evening by the Ottawa Chapter of the International Game Developers Association.

Crowdfunding for Games will be a panel discussion and networking event with individuals from various startups that have successfully funded their games using crowd platforms Indiegogo and Kickstarter. The panel includes:
The panelists will explain their experiences and offer advice about running a campaign. What better way to plan for your campaign (or even decide if you should run one), than to hear from four local people who have been through it? And the best part is that the event is free! It runs from 6:30-8:30pm at Adobe on Preston. Check out the Eventbrite to RSVP and for full details.