Fonpop and its partners launch a concerted crowdfunding solution in Canada

In partnership with Gilbert Rozon and Just For Laughs, Paul Gérin-Lajoie and his Foundation, and with Carrefour Capital along with other companies and organizations from Quebec and Canada, Fonpop launches Fonpop.com and offers 200,000 $ in support to innovative projects, more specifically in domains such as culture, solidarity and new technologies in Canada.

MONTREAL, May 15, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - In response to the growing difficulty in getting funds for organizations and companies across the globe, crowdfunding has become an effective solution to efficient financial funding, notably for projects that are centered about creativity and social causes. Fonpop and its partners wished to offer a concrete answer to provide each project a measure of success!

Fonpop enables promoters to start a financial campaign and to raise funds simply and efficiently from their community. In exchange of the donations received, the promoter can in turn offer gifts such as show tickets, acknowledgements or objects of their own creation.

"Nowadays, financial campaigns must reach quickly and easily all potential donors. Thanks to Fonpop, we can now act in real-time over the web and social media, and expand our action to new publics" François Gérin-Lajoie, President of the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation.

Fonpop.com is an evolved crowdfunding platform allowing a projects creator to efficiently manage his communication campaign directly on his or her project page by the addition of press releases, videos or updates and through a unique application that grants the possibility to post the creators campaign on any website. Fonpop's ambition is to develop primarily in Canada, the United States and Europe. Fonpop expects to help a hundred projects by the end of the year and offers its online services both in English and in French.

"Fonpop.com offers powerful tools for efficient communication and awareness across social media and the community. As a matter of fact, Fonpop is the only crowdfunding website requesting each creator to endorse a charter of ethics and commitment." Yannick Lacoste, President of Fonpop.

Fonpop is proud to offer 200,000 $ to the most promising projects originating from Quebec and Canada. Our partners will select projects for which they will offer free advice, for a total value of 100,000 $. Furthermore, certain social economic projects will be able to receive subsidies worth a total of 100,000 $.

Initially, 15 projects supported by our partners are or will be presenting their financial campaigns on www.fonpop.com, for example: Build HaHaHaiti, school of humour in Haiti (culture, with Just For Laughs) is considered, Be Our Ambassador, give education for a lifetime! (solidarity, with the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation), Help artistic creation for a young public (culture, with DynamO theater), Mosaiculture tour in schools (culture) and  Boom! Boom! Cavemen (video gaming, with 3MindGames).

Fonpop warmly acknowledges its partners: the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation www.fondationpgl.ca, Gilbert Rozon and Just For Laughs Group www.hahaha.com, Carrefour Capital www.carrefour-capital.com, TandemLegal, FounderFuel www.founderfuel.com and Vortex Solution www.vortexsolution.com.

About Fonpop inc. 
Fund projects in your community! Fonpop.com is a worldwide crowdfunding website founded by Yannick Lacoste. Fonpop believes that every creator should get a chance to achieve its innovative projects with the support of his or her community! Fonpop helps fund projects with your community, in exchange of rewards you offer to your support. We promote this opportunity by allowing you to set up an effective funding campaign, by using all of the web and social networks' power of communication, and by giving you quick and easy access to funds collected for you.

About Just For Laughs Group
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group has four business units: Festivals, in Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, and Sydney; television production, Gags seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines and Stand-up Specials; live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, John Pinette, Louis C.K., the Capital One Just For Laughs Comedy Tour; and talent management. The Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival is the world's largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming 1.25 million people each summer. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. The mission and passion of Just for Laughs: develop and produce humour in all its forms.

About Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation
The Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to basic education for children and literacy of their parents in the poorest countries. The Foundation's mission also extends to Canada, where it contributes to the awakening of young people and adults with international realities and provides a complement to basic education. As an example of concrete realization, 5.5 million children have participated to the Dictée P.G.L. as of today. In 2013, the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation will provide up to 15,000 $ to help start humanitarian projects for creators whose projects are registered and validated on Fonpop.com.

About Carrefour Capital
www.carrefour-capital.com is a global site that connects investors and entrepreneurs seeking capital. The platform is used by many economic development organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, and in Quebec CLDs and SADCs. In 2013, Carrefour Capital is willing to provide up to 15,000 $ in help in starting a business to creators whose projects are registered and validated on Fonpop.com. In addition, many of Carrefour Capital's partners offer grants for social economy projects (in Quebec). The value of such grants varies region by region and can reach up to 100,000 $.

SOURCE: FonPop Inc.

For further information:

Media contact:
Adèle Mauthès - phone: 514-288-3888 ext. 252 or 438-887-0645, info@fonpop.com

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