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Pop Up World’s ‘Investor Connector’ Aims to Disrupt Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den

LONDON, U.K. -- If you are a budding entrepreneur looking for start-up funds your only option could be family and friends, crowdfunding or maybe just maybe if you are accepted, an appearance on Shark Tank or Dragon's Den. Graham Jules, founder and CEO of Pop Up World is familiar with the plight of the underdog and small business owner.

In 2014 he battled with media giants Marvel and DC Entertainments over the trade mark "Superheroes" due to the title of his start-up manual "Business Zero To Superhero." Amazingly, after a two-and-a-half-year legal battle, he won.

Following on from that success Jules has launched an alternative to the well-loved entrepreneurial TV programmes, an app called Investor Connector.

Jules says, "The problem is, despite crowdfunding and programmes like Dragon's Den, funding is still hard to come by for many start-ups. Investor Connector is like a Tinder for Investors! Start-ups get to post their pitch decks online and investors use criteria they set to download or 'like' the proposals. If an investor downloads a pitch deck the start-up can contact the investor and begin a dialogue. Investors can swipe or scroll on their mobile or desktop."

The platform boasts 800+ venture capital and angel investment networks. Jules adds, "It's important to note that we do not get involved in any deals or take any commission. We simply act as a 'dating site' for start-ups and potential investors."

So how does Investor Connector compare to crowdfunding where multiple investors or the "crowd" invest in a start-up venture? Jules replies, "Investor Connector is different. Crowdfunding aims to receive multiple micro-investments and if the start-up's target is reached the venture is funded. With Investor Connector we are looking to match start-ups with firms that can fund your business in its entirety, so no middle man or multiple shareholders or success fees here."

It's a well-known statistic that 90% of start-ups fail, one of the key reasons stated for that failure is often lack of funding.

Jules comments, "Yes, it's a sad statistic but ironically there have never been so many opportunities for start-ups. The problem is one of visibility. If you can't get your start-up under the nose of the right investment firm, it's tough. Raising funds is a full-time job in itself, Investor Connector aims to lighten that load."

So, if you are a new business wary of being bitten by the Dragon's or Sharks, Pop Up World's Investor Connector may be an option to investigate.

Start-ups can register by going to https://popupworld.co.uk/investorconnector-land2

Investment firms can access the app by contacting Pop Up World at https://popupworld.co.uk/contact

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Move For Hunger Receives $50,000 ‘A Community Thrives’ Grant from USA TODAY NETWORK and The Gannett Foundation

RED BANK, N.J. -- Move For Hunger was announced today as a grant recipient of A Community Thrives, a grantmaking and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and a part of the Gannett Foundation. Move For Hunger will receive a $50,000 "A Community Thrives" grant to expand its Multi-Family Apartment Food Rescue Program.

A Community Thrives supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $6.5 million since 2017. This year, A Community Thrives engaged participants in 46 states. Move For Hunger was one of 16 organizations to receive the award, and one of just seven to receive a $50,000 grant.

Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way for the relocation industry to reduce food waste and fight hunger. The organization partners with thousands of moving companies, apartment communities, and relocation management companies to provide their customers, residents, and clients with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Since 2009, Move For Hunger has delivered nearly 15 million pounds of food to food banks & pantries across the United States and Canada. That's the equivalent of 12 million meals.

The A Community Thrives grant will allow Move For Hunger to expand its Multi-Family Apartment Food Rescue Program, onboard new members, distribute food collection bags & educational resources, and organize food drives with participating properties.

"Forty million Americans are facing hunger every day, yet we are wasting 40% of the food we produce each year," said Adam Lowy, Move For Hunger's Executive Director/Founder. "The A Community Thrives grant will allow Move For Hunger to accelerate our plans to scale our Multi-Family Apartment Food Rescue Program and train even more properties on how to incorporate food rescue into their daily operations. We are so grateful to the USA TODAY Network and the Gannett Foundation for their support."

"We are proud of the work Move For Hunger has done to reduce food waste and fight hunger nationwide," said Andy Yost, Chief Marketing Officer of Gannett. "At Gannett, our mission is to connect and empower our readers to make a difference in the communities they are a part of. Through A Community Thrives, we are further fueling our mission and purpose."

About Move For Hunger:

Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way for the relocation industry to reduce food waste and fight hunger. In addition to collecting food from people who are moving to new homes, Move For Hunger also helps companies and individuals across the United States and Canada organize successful food drives. To date, they have collected nearly 15 million pounds of food. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit https://www.moveforhunger.org/.

About A Community Thrives:

A Community Thrives is a grantmaking and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and is part of the Gannett Foundation. A Community Thrives supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $6.5 million since 2017.

About USA TODAY NETWORK:

USA TODAY NETWORK, part of Gannett Co, Inc. (NYSE: GCI), is the largest local-to-national media organization in the country, powered by our award-winning newsrooms and marketing solutions business. With deep roots in local communities spanning the U.S. with more than 100 brands, plus USA TODAY, we engage about 126 million people every month through a diverse portfolio of multi-platform content offerings and experiences. For more information, visit https://www.gannett.com/.

PRESS CONTACT
Dan Beam, Communications Manager
Move For Hunger
dan@moveforhunger.org
(732) 774-0521 x109

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