This Saturday, December 15th, Launcht CEO Freeman White will speak at the Crowdfunding in Higher Education Symposium in Philadelphia.
The goal of the event is to unlock the potential of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding in scholastic communities by encouraging the collaboration of industry leaders and progressive educators. The workshops and panel discussions will be focused on providing higher education representatives with innovative strategies and resources to promote open-source collaboration and non-traditional funding methods to solve the three main problems universities face today: slow economic recovery straining resources, high student debt, and shrinking job placements. Crowdsourcing at the higher education level can help fuel creativity, encourage entrepreneurship, and bring in funding where it is most needed.
Many universities have already recognized the potential of crowdsourcing and are using crowdvoting and funding systems to empower their students and engage the community. UVM Start, for example, partnered with Launcht to create a crowdfunding platform that helps entrepreneurial students on campus get connected to mentors and resources. The success rate of these student-initiatives is improved by the access they gain, not only to necessary funds, but also to supportive network. Other colleges and universities, such as Middlebury College, Utah Valley University, and Southern Illinois University, have partnered with Launcht to create crowdvoting platforms to to encourage creativity and innovation on their campuses.
Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are becoming increasingly popular in the higher education sector. To learn more about its current role and potential, you should attend the Crowdfunding in Higher Education Symposium this weekend. Sign up for the event at http://crowdfundingcampuses.eventbrite.com and use the promocode PhillyMeetup to receive a discount.