Sunnyvale's Cogswell College to Host Crowdfunding Workshops for Creatives & Entrepreneurs and Non-Profits May 22 & 23, 2014

Workshops Offered as Part of New Certification Programs as Global Crowdfunding Revenues Continue Exponential Growth

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cogswell College, one of the world's leading regionally-accredited institutions offering a unique curriculum that fuses digital arts, engineering and entrepreneurship, is pleased to announce two upcoming workshops on crowdfunding, "Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs & Creatives," May 22 and "Crowdfunding for Non-Profits," May 23. The workshops are part of new certification programs at Cogswell.

"Cogswell College's leadership in entrepreneurship and digital arts and engineering now embraces Crowdfunding as a way for creative entrepreneurs to attract support and funding for their projects," said Deb Snyder, Cogswell president and chief academic officer. "These workshops offer a way for students and professionals to receive intensive, hands-on training in cutting edge techniques to fund their ideas and businesses."

The workshops will be led by CJ Cornell, Director of Venture Development and Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Cogswell Polytechnical College. He is the author of numerous papers and articles on entrepreneurship, technology and on crowdfunding. Most recently, he co-authored an article in Crowdfund Insider on the subject of crowdfunding fraud – a growing concern given the fact that in 2013 between $3 billion and $5 billion in global crowdfunding was raised.

The crowdfunding workshop series feature guest speakers and instructors from prominent Silicon Valley companies, and recognized experts in crowdfunding, social media and video production. Participants will learn how to translate their ideas into compelling crowdfunding projects and how to use low cost tools to create videos and social media marketing campaigns.

WHAT: Cogswell College Crowdfunding Workshops, May 22 and May 23

WHEN: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (for Creatives & Entrepreneurs)

Friday, May 23, 2014, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm (for Non-Profits)

WHERE: Cogswell College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

MAY 22 REGISTER: cogswellcrowdfunding-may22.eventbrite.com

MAY 23 REGISTER: cogswellcrowdfunding-may23.eventbrite.com

BLOG: "Crowdfunding for Non-Profits: What You Need to Know"

BLOG: "Crowdfunding Success – are you a Fraud?"

About Cogswell College

Located in Sunnyvale, California, in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Cogswell College is a WASC accredited four-year institution of higher education with a curriculum that fuses art, engineering and entrepreneurship (http://www.cogswell.edu/index.php). As one of the Bay Area's premier colleges, its novel academic approach offers an integrated model that emulates the industry environment—a collaborative, project-based, learning experience that uses multidisciplinary teams to take projects from concept through the delivery pipeline.

Cogswell College alumni credentials include Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Halo 4, Gears of War 3 and blockbuster films including Frozen, Life of Pi, Madagascar, and The Avengers. Student-created films have garnered scores of national awards (http://www.cogswell.edu/student-work/worlds-apart.php). Cogswell alumni have gone on to careers with industry leaders such as: Activision, DreamWorks, Disney, Electronic Arts, Pixar and Microsoft Game Studio as well as starting their own creative ventures.

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