One Spark

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Note: This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at MOCA Jacksonville the night of Tuesday, April 7 2015.

As the 2015 One Spark crowdfunding festival begins, we speak with special One Spark Speaker Summit guests Tamara Mendelsohn, VP of marketing for EventBrite, Ryan Feit, CEO of SeedInvest, and Maya Penn, CEO of Maya's Ideas.

MOCA Jacksonville Director of Communications Denise Reagan joins us to discuss the museum's ongoing MOCA is Now campaign and special programming during the festival.

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This week marks the third year in a row thousands of people are coming to downtown Jacksonville for the city’s One Spark festival.

The massive crowdfunding event is keeping the city in the spotlight beyond the First Coast.

Jacksonville’s third annual One Spark crowdfunding festival is more than just a hub for innovators seeking money for their projects.

It’s also a major branding opportunity for the city.

WJCT analyst John Burr says the festival founders need to capitalize on the event’s success and keep thinking big.

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As the third annual One Spark crowdfunding festival kicks off in downtown Jacksonville, we look at the economic and cultural impact the event has had so far with WJCT business analyst John Burr.

Dr. Scot Ackerman of Jacksonville's Ackerman Cancer Center joins us to discuss proton therapy, a precise, cutting-edge form of radiation used to treat cancer.

And we get a preview of State Aurora's production of "The Color Purple" from cast members Felecia Ewing, Tyrone Lennen and Jennie Baker.

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Jacksonville's annual One Spark Festival kicks off in just one month and 555 creator projects have been selected for this year's crowdfunding event – fewer than participated last year.

Last year 630 projects were registered for the annual event. The downturn comes despite that fact that the deadline for creator registration was extended.

One Spark staffers say it wasn't unexpected.

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One Spark co-founder and CEO Elton Rivas joins us to discuss what's new for the upcoming 2015 crowdfunding festival.

We also speak with Jacksonville real estate appraiser Ron Moody of Moody Appraisal Group about the rebounding housing market in Northeast Florida.

And local author Ron Whittington joins us to preview this week's Amelia Island Book Festival. Whittington will give a workshop about writing, publishing and marketing independent novels at the festival.

GastroJax

It’s full speed ahead for a Jacksonville food festival called GastroFest. The organizers have been granted nonprofit status.

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  The owners of Jacksonville's Edgewood Bakery in the city's Murray Hill neighborhood say they are open for business and committed to an out-of-court settlement with Jaguars owner Shad Khan, despite a high-profile lawsuit the billionaire has filed.

Khan, through his investment firm Stache Investments, has filed a lawsuit in civil Circuit Court asking for a declaration that Stache owns a majority interest in the business. The lawsuit is seeking complete control of the bakery on Edgewood Avenue, which has been in business for decades and is regarded as a Jacksonville institution.

Creator Academy by One Spark
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  The One Spark Creator Academy presents Creator Campfire Chats, a series designed to provide valuable insight and information for current and prospective One Spark Creators. The segments are designed to help entrepreneurs and artists to be able to best leverage the One Spark crowd-funding event to accomplish their goals.

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With nearly five months to go before the crowdfunding festival begins, One Spark is making major announcements for their third year in Jacksonville.

Creator Academy by One Spark
One Spark

  The One Spark Creator Academy presents Creator Campfire Chats, a series designed to provide valuable insight and information for current and prospective One Spark Creators. The segments are designed to help entrepreneurs and artists to be able to best leverage the One Spark crowd-funding event to accomplish their goals.

Creator Academy by One Spark
One Spark

  The One Spark Creator Academy presents Creator Campfire Chats, a series designed to provide valuable insight and information for current and prospective One Spark Creators. The segments are designed to help entrepreneurs and artists to be able to best leverage the One Spark crowd-funding event to accomplish their goals.

Annie Black / WJCT

Reuse, recycle, repurpose. That's what Anne and Michael Murphy, the owners of Eco Relics, are striving for. 

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, KYN and the 2014 governor's race are making headlines this week.

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Jacksonville business leader and One Spark backer Peter Rummell has made a bid to reboot a former JEA generating station into a new mixed-use community. At the same time, he is responding to Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan cutting ties with the One Spark related group KYN.

One Spark Team Brings Back Lessons From Berlin

Sep 15, 2014
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The creators of One Spark are headed back to Jacksonville after wrapping up a successful event in Berlin. 

One Spark START: Berlin, the very first international crowdfunding  festival, was Saturday, Sept. 13. Fifty participating creators presented their ideas to compete for votes and funding. Winners walked away with shares of the 10,000 euros crowdfund. 

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