Crowdfunding session announced for Digital Spark games conference

For immediate release: Friday 3 August

Raising investment is changing rapidly for games and digital media – but what are the risks and advantages of opportunities like crowdfunding?

Join business experts at the Digital Spark conference on 5-6 September 2012 at the University of Abertay Dundee to learn about the benefits and pitfalls of crowdfunding, and how it can be applied to your business.

Speakers on the crowd funding panel include Andy Payne, founder of new platform Gambitious; Barn Cleave, Executive Director of Niffler; Adrian Hon, co-founder of Six to Start; Ian Baverstock, Founding Partner of Tenshi Ventures; and Geoff Heath OBE, We R Interactive advisor and industry legend.

Andy Payne said: “With access to finance being a key block to innovation and new business models within games and interactive entertainment, and the barriers to building a vibrant fanbase lower than ever, crowdfunding offers content creators a double whammy.

“Crowdfunding offers content creators a new way to access finance and at the same time affords them an ability to build a vibrant community of stakeholder fans. Crowdfunding is set to democratise financing in the 21st century and that will be truly revolutionary.

“Digital Spark is the first UK conference to recognise this and share some of the knowledge to the interactive entertainment industry.”

Geoff Heath OBE said: “All the barriers to developing your own product are coming down.

“With crowdfunding and other forms of funding there has never been a better time to access finance."

Digital Spark organiser Dr Margaret Hartnett said: “Crowdfunding is an incredible new way for businesses to raise money, but there are risks that everyone needs to be aware of before committing to a crowdfunding project.

“Hearing from world-class business experts about their experiences of different types of fundraising will be invaluable for all digital media companies.”

Digital Spark is a conference about making money and building computer games and digital media businesses. The conference brings together industry and legal expert to share their insights – and to help companies profit from their ideas.

Other sessions include:

- Games taxation: how to make the most of it

- Patent trolls and protecting your business

- Open source software and open innovation

Places can be secured now at http://digitalspark.abertay.ac.uk/ An early bird rate of £169 is available until 8th August.

The conference also features a networking event and private viewing of rare Leonardo da Vinci drawings from the Royal Collection at Dundee’s McManus Galleries – one of only three chances to see these masterpieces in Britain this year.

http://digitalspark.abertay.ac.uk/

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