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Crowdfunding for Social Good
Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe

Do you have the next big idea? Get your prototype built for free!

Guest post from Vishesh Duggar, CEO and Founder of CauseCode.

Startups are busy finishing up their applications and garnering some momentum by collecting votes towards their application as I write this.

500Hrs is a unique incubator for cash strapped startups to work with a high quality software development team for free! But for that to happen they need to prove that they are pursuing something that solves a pain, are passionate about solving it and all they need is some momentum.

It’s amazing to see startups from so many verticals apply, we have teams from social media startups, water conservation, dating, deals, advertisements, video distribution, crowdfunding, entertainment, mobile to you name it. We are currently accepting applications and you can apply here. The last date to apply 4th December 2013.

Who should apply and why?

You have an idea that can change things around, make a difference in somebody’s life and you are itching to make it happen. Your solution to the problem has a crucial web or mobile component.

We have been working with startups for 5 years now and have startups like AltruHelp, ClothesCritics, WeAreCurio.us, Addicaid and CheersMeUp to name a few. You are getting a chance to build this prototype for 0 USD, no strings attached. Typically it takes somewhere around 25,000 USD to build something like this.

Why we are doing it?

It is surprising how many people with great ideas are robbed of the opportunity to pursue building a company that could make a difference as they are too busy with their 9 to 5 jobs or don’t have a team to execute. During our years of experience in working and talking to startups one of the biggest problems we’ve come across is the lack of funds to build a prototype. And to get funds you need to actually show investors some traction for which you need build a prototype. Chicken and an egg! But I am hoping that we do more than just help one startup. For all the startups competing, our goal is to make 500Hrs becomes a platform to showcase their team and hopefully gain the momentum and strength needed to take that leap!

“79% of startup founders have no prior experience in startups. 52% pursue their startup part time. I think if we can provide them enough momentum to convert full time and if they can avoid some of the mistakes we’ve made or seen other startups make, it could make a difference.”

How can you help?

We are trying to reach out to as many people as we can in the pursuit to find a life changing idea that is solving a pain. If this isn’t the program for you but you like what we are doing, please share this with other startups or people in your life who could use this opportunity. You can also click here to tweet about it. 

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