Many great website and app ideas don't get built just because it's hard to raise capital! Instead of having to raise money to pay designers and developers, pitch your idea to us. If we like it, we'll design, develop, launch and help grow it just for equity.
We're looking for mobile and web applications that solve problems, and interesting website business ideas. This could be a niche business solution, an eCommerce site, or just a site that has awesome custom content and requires subscriptions. As a team we have built everything from super simple to incredibly complex. If it's a legit idea, we can build it
Honestly this isn't a catch. Could we charge $20k... $50k.... $100k+? Yes, have done that on many occasions in the past. It's in place to ensure that people with LEGITIMATE ideas are submitting for review and consultation. The money goes into developing and launching the startups we take on. We're not Angel Investors or VC's. We're in this for an equity position, instead of upfront money. INVESTING our skills and resources into your early stage idea. If you don't believe in YOUR idea enough to put "skin in the game" how can we expect you to be an entrepreneur?
Instead of you having to determine a budget, since we're doing this for equity it's in our best interest to make sure the idea is successful. We will do everything from helping you come up with a name (if you don't have one) top notch branding (logo, business cards, print collateral) UI/UX design, content strategy, development of your website or application, explainer videos, and marketing strategy. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we want to solve problems and leverage our skills at the same time!
After you submit the idea, we will get in touch and have a formal consultation. This won't be you asking us for money. We will get into great detail with you and share our knowledge and ideas about how to turn it into reality. That will help both sides decide if we're a good fit and get into more detail about the idea. From there we will determine equity stake, timeline and expectations should we come to an agreement.
We're talking $50k on the low end. You're getting branding, content strategy, functional specifications, design, development, videos, marketing strategy and assets; just to get started. If you hired us directly it would be $100 per hour at a minimum. Since a top notch website takes at least 200 hours, you can do the math at $100 an hour.
The answer is yes and no. Do you have to pay to meet with us. Yes. Are we rich Angel Investors or Venture Capitalists? No. All this money goes into turning your startup idea into reality. More importantly, you're not asking for money. You're meeting with industry professionals that will give you very important information about what would go into building your idea. Vital information for choosing a vendor, pitching an investor, or making decisions on where to spend your personal money on the idea.
Many startup founders don't want to give up a major equity position. We totally understand that and will give you the opportunity to lower our percentage by putting some capital upfront. However, we always require an equity position. We're in this for the long term not for quick profit.
We know you probably have more questions. Don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call us! We're happy to talk to you and help you feel confident in signing up. It's in our best interest to help you be ready for what could be a big change in life!
The idea of Serious Startups (code-named Tatrsalad) was generated by Founder John Maddox while he was the co-owner of Ten Fast Feet, an interactive agency in Nashville. So many interesting ideas were presented, but never got developed because the potential clients didn't have enough capital.
After running the idea past founders, designers, developers, animators, digital marketers, Angel Investors and VC's, it be came clear Serious Startups would solve a major problem for everyone. Creatives and developers hate being limited to budget, and investors prefer to become involved after proof of concept!
The entire point of Serious Startups is to solve problems, turn dreams into reality and have fun doing it!