Let us know what's working, what's not, and what you'd like to see from the Ideas section.
We are looking to add a map view feature for ideas and campaigns. The idea behind it is to be able to find ideas that are close to you so that you can join the team that is working on the idea near you. This can also help with fund raising campaigns because investors may want to specifically help a region so their investments could make a difference for that target region. Let us know if this is something you would like to see. Other suggestions would be great too. Put them in the comments below and we will create a mockup to add it.
Too many startups fail
According to the Small Business Administration, over 700,000 new businesses are formed in the US every year. Of those, 50% will fail within 5 years and “insufficient capital” is the #2 reason, second only to “lack of experience." *
Lack of accessibility to resources
Incubators and accelerator programs are limited to people within the cities they reside. There isn't a space where ideas or business plans could be evaluated by their potential consumers online before execution.
Lack of Support for Idea Generators
Many people and organizations we encountered such as SCORE.org have massive communities a lot of experience in running businesses and are offering their services to help new aspiring entrepreneurs but do not have a platform to help.
Existing Crowdfunding sites are niche markets and only offer either donations, or rewards or securities.
Lack of Adequate due diligence and adequate transparency for investment deals
Many popular crowdfunding sites do not provide enough due diligence and adequate transparency to their deals. Unfortunately, the outcomes of these problems will not be seen for a couple years and could potentially tarnish the crowdfunding industry as a whole.
High Cost of executing Campaigns
Running a crowdfunding campaign takes a lot of time and money to execute. Less than 1/3 of crowdfunding campaigns reach their goal.
Expensive and Complicated filings
Regulatory filings are expensive and complicated for issuers to navigate.
Too many failing Campaigns
There is a direct correlation to the numbers of followers, friends, email lists a person or organization has to the amount that they can raise. Starting a campaign without a large enough following to the idea will statistically not lead to a successful raise.
There is a lot of risk running a campaign and with only a 1/3 of campaigns being successfully funded. The lost of time, money, morale and potentially reputation is at stake if the campaign isn't successfully funded and funds are returned to investors/backers. Their ideas did not receive validation and enough support as there is a direct correlation between the number of followers, email contact lists, etc the companies have to the amount they raise. It is each companies responsibility to market their campaign page once published and typically they run 30-60 days.
*According to the SBA
Gain Idea Insights
The Umergence community can help to validate your idea. The members that help you develop on your idea can be your future backers and consumers.
Self-reinforcing Community harnessing network effects
Many ways for an community members to make meaningful contributions. Self-substantiating community and mutual peer review will provide better results for teams that bring ideas forward.
Unified Platform providing many raise campaign type
Once the idea has been validated by the community and establishes a following, there are many types of campaign that is available to the idea that brought the idea forward. Choose from many different types of campaigns to raise money that is best for that idea. Non-security campaigns like Donations or Rewards. Alternately, securities campaigns such as Equity, Debt, Revenue Sharing, Convertible Debt or Future Equity could be chosen to raise the capital the idea needs to come to fruition.
Who are the potential customers and what value can Umergence offer?
a) Help bring idea to fruition provide community validation
b) Multiple Funding offering s for their ideas and to have large pool of investors to have the ability to obtain the lowest rates for the capital
c) Support/Assistance in areas where the person lacks to bring product to fruition and a large pool of potential candidates choose from to hire the best for the lowest rate.
2) People with skills
a) List offerings of their talents for a hourly or fixed rate
b) Fill up their calendar with work to make money, To work on their own flexible terms
c) Ability to solicit to successfully funded campaigns to assist with the development of the idea
d) Criteria to determine what teams they would want to work with.
a) Easy way to create service offerings and generate new business
b) Establish contracts to manufacture products
c) An easy way/standard way to submit information for easy review of proposals
d) Easy trustworthy payment escrow system
4) Resellers Distributors
a) List offering of their services, Solicit to successfully funded campaigns to resell their products
b) Have access to quality products to resell through their channels
c) Ensuring support (recalls, issues, returns, etc) for the products they resell from the inventors
5) Pre-Existing Companies (looking for capital to expand or develop)
a) Customized domain name, easier marketability and easy integration to their existing environments
b) Alternate fundraising opportunities through new subset of investors
c) More socially responsible investment through the feedback they receive
d) Ability to offer royalties for ideas in early stages of development
e) Raise capital for lower fees than their existing methods
f) R&D Sandbox - Low cost alternative for small firms to utilize for their new product development - better alignment with customers needs
a) Single location for all scholars to enter in a cross pollinated campaign platform for all university foundation to see
b) Lower costs alternatives to local foundations respective to their universities
c) Ability for scholar to partner with other peers in other institutions as primary (Primary Investigators or PIs) and secondary without the restrictions of their local university which often kills creativity
7) Research Universities
a) Customized domain name and easy integration to their existing environments
b) Lower cost alternatives for public universities to utilizing their foundations
c) Monetize on many of Intellectual Property the University owns
a) Connections to their donor base to bring forward socially responsible investments
b) Restrictions to specific locales
c) Interest gauging - Feedback from their donor based
d) Financial transparency/accounting
9) Investment Pools (insurance, energy, associations, collective buying, raise money for hedge funds for someone else to manage, etc)
a) A catch all for any additional funding opportunities
b) Custom fields for the terms of the campaign raises and disbursement customized reporting details for tracking
There are many success metrics that can be used but the most effective meaningful measure is to track the number of startups that are successful. Tracking back to the original problem of 700,000 new businesses are formed in the US every year. If Umergence can increase the number of successful businesses to something greater than the current rate of 34% then Umergence is providing great value. Based on the metrics collected adjustments can be made to hone in the success.