Rich with ideas but not cash? Help is here

We’ve all got business ideas, because that’s what drew many of us to BK: a hip new Groundhog Day-themed bar, a sitar music festival, dragon boat pillow fight/cupcake market … whatever. But what we’re lacking is the money to make it happen. This flat world of 2011 is full of ways to dig up the cash that beat ole George Bailey’s bank loans, but where to start? Kickstarter? IndieGoGo? Venture capital? A Twitter campaign? All-night Facebook Like-a-Thon?

If you are trying to figure out  funding strategy, put this on your calendar: The BK-based DIY Business Association is hosting a micro conference Sept. 10: “Get Funding ASAP!” to discuss different avenues of raising money, with expert advice from panelists such as Slava Rubin, co-founder of IndieGoGo, Sara Bacon, founder of Greenpoint Coworking, Natalia Oberti Noguera, founder of the Pipeline Fellowship and more. The cost is $25, which includes cocktails and networking groups. Oh, and what has two thumbs and is moderating this panel? This guy!

Reserve tickets here. The full list of panelists:

Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship

Matt Ruby, Comedian, writer, and 37signals’ first employee

Slava Rubin, CEO and Co-Founder of IndieGoGo

Luna Vega, Digital Marketing Entrepreneur and DJ

Sara Bacon, Founder and CEO of COMMAND C design and Greenpoint Coworking

Erica Dorn, ACCION USA’s New York Business Development Officer

Amy Chernoff, CEO of amy+owen Handbags

Moderator: Tim Donnelly, Contributor to Inc. Magazine and Managing Editor of

Official panel description:

Do you need money to jumpstart your business, hire employees and independent contractors, rent work space, or take things up a notch? Save hours (or even months) of research for business funding options with expert advice and insights about a variety of funding options. With so many routes to take, how do you know which one (and at which point) is best for you? Successful entrepreneurs (including those who distribute funds to other entrepreneurs) share their stories and the pros and cons of small-business loans, credit cards, venture-capitalist funding, day jobs, slow growth, donations, etc. (Cocktails and a networking DIYTogether Incubator Group are included in the ticket price.)

The event takes place at Loosecubes office loft space, 20 Jay Street, suite 904, from 3-6pm Sept. 10.