One Spark attracts 260,000 people
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One Spark in its second year as a crowdfunding festival attracted more than 260,000 people during a five day run that ended on Sunday.
The festival attracted nearly 600 projects from across the country exposing the creators to investors looking for ideas to take to the market.
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More than $300,000 in crowdfunds were awarded to the winners.
"One Spark is about helping startups and One Spark is a startup. We are a new business," said Peter Rummell who helps financially back the undertaking which kicked off last year in Downtown Jacksonville.
"You can either let your talent go or you can compete. One Spark is our way of competing and we think we hit on something based on the incoming calls from around the world there are other people who think we hit on something too," said Rummell during news conference on Monday wrapping up the event.
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In September, One Spark will go international with a three day event.
The five day event in Jacksonville attracted a well behaved crowd according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Six arrests were made with those being for theft, trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Ridership on the Skyway Express also pushed, setting a recording with the numbers rivaling when the city hosted the Super Bowl.