Crowdfunding is all the rage these days, as it has proved a real alternative route for funding a new idea or product.
So I was not surprised to find that one of our customers had taken this approach to get funding for her Children's Qur'anic Pop-up Book and 3D app. Hajera Memon is the Managing Director of Shade 7 Limited and has launched their funding campaign this week on Indiegogo.
I don't really need to tell you too much here about the project to fund their first book Story of The Elephant: Surah Al-Fil, because the funding page is pretty comprehensive. But their aim is to become a global, multilingual publisher of premium pop-up Qurâ€™anic educational story books and digital apps that help children learn about Islam in a fun way.
It was great to hear that Hajera was invited to the Small Business Saturday launch event at No. 11 Downing Street in early December:
I had the amazing opportunity to meet Chancellor George Osborne and show him the pop-up book â€“ which he really liked!
Even nicer was to read her comments about the Business & IP Centre:
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for your extensive time, patience and support with the development of this project and for getting us to this exciting stage!
Youâ€™re a really special group of people whom Iâ€™m very grateful to know and you make me feel so pleased with the decision to try and join the entrepreneurial world, regardless of how things turn out! Youâ€™ve all added your own special contributions to my start-up journey and I really wanted to say thank you.
It is with your encouragement that I have had the strength to continue with each stage of the business and I really appreciate the efforts and invaluable advice youâ€™ve all shared with me throughout. I pray this venture is successful and will be something you can all be proud of!
Neil Infield on behalf of the Business & IP Centre