February 18, 2010

Get $300 off of Inc.’s GROWCO Conference with FundingUniverse


Join FundingUniverse at the 2010 Inc. Magazine’s GrowCo Conference in Orlando, Florida and get a $300 discount!


FundingUniverse will host a CrowdPitch event as part of the conference – Just enter Promo Code “pitch” for your $300 discount


(You must register to attend GrowCo to attend this CrowdPitch event)

What is CrowdPitch?

Think ´America Idol´ — selected entrepreneurs will have 4 minutes to pitch their company to both a panel of experts & a live audience, followed immediately by a 3-minute Q&A session with the panel.

Moderator: Alexander Lawrence, partner and chief evangelist of FundingUniverse Panel: Norm Brodsky, founder of CitiStorage, Inc. Street Smarts columnist, and co-author of The Knack, Andy Craig, co-owner of Elevator Speech, and special guests.

CrowdPitch Prizes

The winner gets over $14,000 of services from our sponsors:

  • SEO.com: 20 hours or seo work = $3,000 value
  • NOWAdvisors: 24 hours of financial & accounting services = $3,600 value
  • FundingUniverse: startup services = $10,000 value
  • Qqest: 4 months of payroll services = $4,000 value

CrowdPitch Details

  • March 15th
  • 5:00 – 5:45 pm
  • JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
    4040 Central Florida Parkway
    Orlando, Florida 32837 USA

February 11, 2010

FundingUniverse acquires TwitJump!

We are excited to announce publicly that FundingUniverse has officially acquired TwitJump!  We are excited about the opportunity to continue to expand our offering to help business owners to grow their business.  In addition to the technology, it also solidifies our relationship with Alex Lawrence by bringing him on to our executive team.  Here is the formal press release:

Social Media Acquisition Next Growth Step for FundingUniverse

Serial Entrepreneur and TwitJump Founder, Alex Lawrence, to join FundingUniverse as part of transaction

Salt Lake City, UT — Feb. 11, 2010 — FundingUniverse(www.fundinguniverse.com), a leader in connecting qualified entrepreneurs with active investors and lenders across the United States, announced that it has added social media startup, TwitJump to FundingUniverse’s growing suite of business services. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

With more than 23 million visitors a month, Twitter.com has become one of the leading social media sites in the world and presents tremendous opportunities and challenges for companies trying capture new customers via social media channels.

“We believe the TwitJump acquisition represents great value for our customers,” said Brock Blake, CEO at FundingUniverse. “In a very short time, TwitJump has attracted more than 2,000 customers. With FundingUniverse fielding more than 10,000 customer inquiries a month, this acquisition represents a significant growth opportunity for the TwitJump platform.”

TwitJump is a leading social media solution and enables companies to more effectively manage their presence on Twitter. The product’s multiple business management tools help companies solve the issue of trying to quantify return-on-investment for social media efforts by providing real customers and live data. The rapid growth of TwitJump recently landed the company on TechCruch’s list of the “Top 10 Digital M&A Targets for 2010.”

As part of the acquisition, Alex Lawrence, TwitJump founder, will become a partner, join the Board of Directors and assume the role of Chief Evangelist with responsibilities over FundingUniverse’s nationwide expansion, social media and national partner relations.

“We are excited to have Alex join FundingUniverse,” said Blake. “Alex brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience to the FundingUniverse executive team and is already making a tremendous impact in all aspects of our organization.”

“While we had multiple term sheets on the table from some great companies,” said Alex Lawrence, founder TwitJump, “the strategic and personal fit with FundingUniverse for TwitJump was a significant contributor to our decision to move forward with FundingUniverse. I look forward to helping FundingUniverse take that next step of growth and expansion.”

February 9, 2010

Chef Shamy Gourmet Wins Utah SpeedPitch!

Last week FundingUniverse held one of our famous SpeedPitch Events in Utah.  We brought a lot of great up-and-coming entrepreneurs together to pitch their big ideas to some of Utah’s most active investors.  One company that seemed to catch the investors’ attention was Chef Shamy Gourmet Foods.  They won the SpeedPitch Event – and over $8,000 in services from our sponsors SEO.com, NOWadvisors, Qqest, CLI, and of course FundingUniverse!


Here’s a little about the Company:

  • THE GREAT TASE OF EATING FRESH! DFS Gourmet Food Sells brands under the Chef Shamy Gourmet Label.
  • The company started in January 2008 with the goal of bringing better tasting products to market without all the preservatives, binders, fillers and chemicals.
  • The concept was to help the at-home cook create gourmet-tasting meals at home in minutes without all the time and fuss.  Another goal was to encourage consumers to make healthy meals at home by eating fresh foods rather than out of a box. Our products bring out the great flavors in fresh produce, meats, and bakery goods.
  • We have introduced a whole new way to season and cook your meats and vegetables with the introduction of “Sauté Butters” and “Veggie Butters.” These new products, with their secret recipes of herbs and spices infused into the butters, make meal preparation a snap. We have also included some old favorites like Garlic Butter and Honey Butters. The big difference from other products like them on the market is that Chef Shamy Butters are made from just real butter & honey, while other products contain water, hydrogenated oils, and preservatives. It makes a big difference in the taste and provides a healthier product for the consumer. For us it is really “all about the taste.” We take great care with each new product that comes off the line to assure quality and satisfaction-guaranteed taste.
  • The big win with consumers in 2010 is that “less is more” when you look at the ingredient panels. Our all-natural products fit that bill to a tee.

Here’s What They Had to Say About the SpeedPitch Event

“The FundingUniverse event gave us the opportunity to show investors the win/win concept for them as well as the opportunity we are creating for two new profit centers for retailers in grocery stores, which is the key to delivering to the consumers. We are most proud to be able to say we are helping to bring a healthier living standard to home cooking with great taste.

The next steps are acquiring the needed funds to handle the growth that we have been having with 300 plus stores coming on board each and every month.”

Congratulations to Chef Shamy Gourmet and we look forward to similar upcoming events in Phoenix, Baltimore, and again in Utah.  Check FundingUniverse.com for details!