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Barter’s Closet launches an indiegogo campaign to raise $20,000

Spokane startup Barter's Closet is raising money via Indiegogo to help develop a mobile app.

This slick little video shows founder Connor Simpson making the pitch. Does a fine job highlighting how the clothes-trading business operates. They're trying to raise $20,000.

The company is based in the cool renovated Buchanan Building in downtown Spokane.

 

Spokane startup Barters Closet hits up Indiegogo to raise funds for mobile app

Those crazy guys who recently launched online bartering platform Barters Closet (www.barterscloset.com) are now looking to beef up their piggy bank to move the company forward. They recently started an Indiegogo effort to raise $70,000 to build a mobile app.

They describe the company's business plan as: a place where people can barter for a new wardrobe in a social network setting.  The company leases office space in the Buchanan Building in downtown Spokane.

The privately held firm, with Connor Simpson at the helm, is working the crowdsourcing angle in hopes of  creating a mobile app to help folks sell items via their phone.

As of today, the Indiegogo campaign had raised almost $700.

Barters Closet is a previous winner of Startup Weekend Spokane and has raised about  $150,000 from members of the Spokane Angel Alliance.

One board member is Tom Simpson, Spokane's venture godfather and biological father of Connor Simpson.

A Barters Closet handout said: “The mobile application will allow users to take pictures of their clothes and upload them for barter, sale or donation; right from their phone!  Users will also be able to connect with other users by following them, messaging them and thriftying them.  Buyers will be able to shop through everything uploaded to Barters Closet to find that one-of-a kind item they are looking for.”

WSU will pay for up to 70 students to attend the next Startup Weekend

Starting Friday, March 1, is the third Spokane Startup Weekend. We described it in a Spokesman.com story last week.

Here's the notable update. Washington State University is backing the idea for its students. The school will pay the total entry fee for up to 70 WSU students from across the state.

The general student fee is $55. For others, it's $85 (and includes meals over the Friday-Saturday period). Any other student from area schools is also invited to register.

The WSU “scholarship” plan comes from a grant from the WSU CougParents Program made to the WSU Spokane student government. Students can take advantage of that registration option at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4BAAA929AA8-startup.

Notably, that link says only 25 slots have been taken. That means 45 remain to be filled at no cost.

Startup Weekend, a video primer

Spokane's next Startup Weekend goes live March 1 to March 3, at the WSU Health Sciences Building. Today's SR had a story covering the event, plus highlighting three firms that have sprung to life from prior weekend boot camps.

The term Startup Weekend is trademarked, created by partners who launched the idea on the East Coast several years ago. It's since turned into a national and international for-profit effort. There have been hundreds of Startup Weekends in the past two years, from St. Louis to Lithuania.

Check out the video to get an overview. The link above also gives information on how to register.

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