How to Crowdfund Your Next Project


Bring your next project to life with a little help from your friends.

Looking to jumpstart a project with some financial help from friends and fans? Join us for a conversation with Kanchan Koya, who crowdfunded her cookbook Spice Spice Baby, and Kathleen Squires, who used Kickstarter to get her IACP Digital Media Award-winning PBS documentary James Beard: America’s First Foodie off the ground. We’ll be joined by Zeina Muna from crowdfunding platform iFundWomen, who knows the ins and outs of the best campaigns. Bring your ideas and questions!

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About Our Speakers:

Kanchan Koya has a doctorate in Molecular Biology from Harvard Medical School, training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and knows that food can be the best and most powerful preventative medicine. While studying DNA repair as a PhD student, Kanchan’s lab began studying the cancer-fighting powers of curcumin, the active compound in the ancient spice, turmeric. This sparked Kanchan’s interest in the science-backed health benefits of spices, which she had grown up enjoying on a daily basis in India. Upon becoming a mother, she founded Spice Spice Baby, a platform dedicated to shedding light on the healing potential of spices, demystifying them for a global audience, and inspiring their use in food for the whole family. Kanchan’s recipes are original, eclectic, nutritious, and packed with spice.

Zeina Muna is an Entrepreneur Services Coach at iFundWomen, and is on a mission to increase access to capital for female entrepreneurs, empowering women to start and grow better businesses. iFundWomen drives funding to startups and small businesses through a flexible crowdfunding platform with a pay-it-forward model, expert startup coaching, professional video production, and a private community for the entrepreneurs to talk openly about the challenges and the wins. iFundWomen is changing the business of how businesses launch. Prior to working in the #FemaleEconomy, Zeina ran the operations for small food businesses.

Kathleen Squires is a food and travel writer whose work has spanned book, blog, newsprint and glossy, appearing in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Saveur, Conde Nast Traveler, Coastal Living, and many other publications. She is the co-author of the cookbooks The Coolhaus Ice Cream Book; The Quick Six Fix; the IACP award-winning The Journey; and IACP-winning, James Beard Award-nominee The Book of Greens. In 2016, Kathleen was awarded first prize of Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s M. F. K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing. A resident of New York City for 29 years, Kathleen is the also the co-producer the documentary film James Beard: America’s First Foodie.

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