Seed Chicago, the city’s collaboration with Kickstarter to fund impactful small business and community development projects, is back for round two! The new projects include everything from a South Chicago arts-and-crafts fair to a book highlighting into the unique cultural offerings of each Chicago neighborhood.
For this round, Chicago-based MillerCoors will be using its $50,000 matching fund to provide selected projects with a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $5,000, provided they meet their Kickstarter funding goal. Tom Long, the CEO of MillerCoors, is excited to be involved and says he hopes that Seed Chicago can fuel economic empowerment across Chicago’s neighborhoods.
Supported by Accion Chicago and Local Initiatives Support Corporation, World Business Chicago has selected the second round of outstanding projects that are making direct and positive impacts in their communities. By focusing on economic expansion on a community level, Seed Chicago allows creators of these projects to target the needs specific to their neighborhood and residents to fund projects that will see a direct impact in their local area.
The projects selected in the second round are:
- Austin: YoLo’s Food & Snacks will serve healthier, affordable versions of traditional foods
- Lakeview: Geek Bar will become Chicago’s first bar-and-grill catering to the “geek” community
- Lakeview: WindyCitySDR will manufacture a software radio
- Logan Square: One-P Athletic and Apparel will design and manufacture sportswear promoting wellness and lifelong activity
- Morgan Park: The Book of Faces will be 200 realistic hand drawn pencil portraits done by Artist Robert Stampas
- South Chicago: Pet Project will produce signs on eco-friendly material, warning people about entirely harmless pets
Community Development Projects:
- Chatham: Role Model Movement, Inc. will travel to all 77 Chicago communities and capture neighborhoods’ distinct characteristics for a book
- Pilsen: The Chicago Urban Art Society will create an incubator space for public art projects
- River North: AddATree will facilitate education and volunteer efforts for neighborhood citizens to learn tree care basics and contribute to community gardens and park clean-up
- Rogers Park: The Rogers Park Business Alliance will create a multilingual business incubator for artisanal food businesses that source locally and work sustainably
- Rogers Park: The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce will host the Taste of Rogers Park, an event to promote local musicians and the art district
- South Chicago: The South Chicago Chamber of Commerce will host an arts-and-crafts fair
- Wicker Park: Dimo’s Pizza will sponsor and care for a community “People Spot” at the six-corner intersection of Milwaukee, North and Damen Avenues
- Woodlawn: The Lipstick Society will introduce theater to local youth with a live performance
Learn more about the program at http://www.kickstarter.com/pages/seedchicago!