If you are raising money for the Orlando Startup Hub, why is it just for these three organizations?

FireSpring Fund and Starter Studio are individual nonprofits which are housed in one place: Canvs Downtown. Our efforts are not meant to be exclusive, but rather intended to support a broad community in need! Our goal is to support all of the tech organizations and individuals that we interact with via one united effort. We sincerely believe in the expression that a "rising tide lifts all boats" and are dedicated to working alongside other organizations that support our tech ecosystem. 


How is the money being apportioned?

Canvs, FireSpring Fund and Starter Studio will be distributing the funds according to areas of need as determined by their individual leadership teams. There will be quarterly meetings to ensure funds are being distributed and dedicated accordingly.


Didn't these same organizations do a Kickstarter campaign recently?

Yes. Our wonderful community pledged more than $47,000, but we didn't reach our overall goal of $165,000 in an "all or nothing" campaign. Through follow-on efforts we were able to capture $25,000 of the original pledged amount. Our current fundraising campaigns continue our efforts so that we may continue to support and grow our startup community! 


Is my donation tax deductible?

Your donation may not be tax deductible. FireSpring Fund 501(c)(3) and Starter Studio 501(c)(3) are tax-deductible organizations under the Internal Revenue Code, however donations to Canvs 501(c)(4) are not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.  If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to FireSpring Fund, please click here.


What's the 500x campaign?

The goal of this campaign is to secure 500 small businesses in Central Florida to pledge $500 per year for 5 years, resulting in $250,000 per year committed to growing the Orlando Startup Hub. This campaign will allow us to continue providing affordable resources for startup companies. In exchange for their financial support, 500x sponsors will have instant exposure and access to the hundreds of members and businesses in our community.


Who runs The Orlando Startup Hub? Is it an independent organization?

The Orlando Startup Hub is comprised of three individual organizations: Canvs, FireSpring Fund and Starter Studio. Each of these organizations have their own leadership team and Board of Advisors/Directors. 


I love what you are doing, but what if I want to fund just one of the organizations?

We understand and applaud the idea that you may have a special connection to the mission of of one of our organizations. Please consider supporting all three! Or be in touch with Donna Mackenzie, Executive Director of Canvs, FireSpring Fund and Starter Studio, who can coordinate your support for any of the three organizations that make up the Orlando Startup Hub. Email Donna at donna@firespringfund.org.


What if I want to contribute more than $500?

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You can pledge any amount here. Also, please review the benefits of higher levels of sponsorship here.


Okay, I'm ready, how do I pledge?

Simple, just jump over to our Support Us page here and you can do it!