Why is Crowdfund Better qualified to deliver this training? 

Crowdfund Better is the leading crowdfunding education and technical assistance in the U.S. Since 2012, we’ve been educating diverse small business owners from communities large and small on using all types of crowdfunding – from donation to rewards to investment – to fund their businesses. Having grown up with the crowdfunding industry, we understand it inside out. 

We also understand business advisors. Since 2016, we have been working alongside small business support organizations like Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and entrepreneur training organizations to provide crowdfunding education and training to their clients. We have been selected to present at both the America’s Small Business Development Centers and Association for Women’s Business Centers national conferences, and selected to provide specialized crowdfunding training for advisors under the CARES Act via the SBA COVID-SB.org training portal. We understand how these organizations function and what kind of information will be useful to them in serving their clients. 


Who will be my instructor?

Your instructor will be Kathleen Minogue, Founder & CEO of Crowdfund Better. Kathleen is a recognized leader in the crowdfunding industry for her pioneering work in crowdfunding education. She is the creator of The Crowdfund Better Process®, the first crowdfunding technical assistance curriculum built to increase campaign success while strengthening business fundamentals. Kathleen is delighted to bring this specialized training to her fellow advisors.


What are the benefits of certifying? 

  • Speak confidently about crowdfunding access-to-capital options 
  • Teach the 5 C’s of Business Crowdfunding 
  • Assess which clients are a good fit for crowdfunding 
  • Identify the best crowdfunding paths for clients based on business stage, type and funding goal
  • Assist clients in identifying reasonable campaign goals and timelines
  • Recommend additional training to increase chances of success
  • Learn how to support clients using tools already in your toolbox
  • Digital Certificate and Digital Badge
  • Advisor listing in the Crowdfund Better Certified Advisor Directory®
  • Complimentary access for your clients to “The Crowdfunding Opportunity” online course for 1 year
  • Special Certified Advisor training portal pricing for future years
  • Qualify to apply for the Crowdfund Better Certified Coach® Program


How do I certify? 

To certify, participants will need to view all 8 lessons in the curriculum and submit their completed Certification Tasks. All required tasks will be outlined in an individual checklist available in the Crowdfund Better Training Portal®. These worksheets will ask you to put your learning into action through hands-on exercises with clients and to reflect on your experience. Once the checklist is complete, you will receive your Digital Certificate and Digital Badge via the Training Portal, and be listed in the Certified Advisor Directory on the Crowdfund Better website for three years. 


How long do I have to certify?

Participants will have access to the certification training portal with all its resources for a 12-month period. Participants may certify at any time and retain access to the portal for the remaining training period. Certified Advisors can retain access to the Training Portal and access all new curriculum, events, and resources through an annual membership available only to Certified Advisors. 


Is the program fully online? 

Yes! No matter where you live in the U.S. or beyond you can access the program from the comfort of your office or home. The curriculum is delivered via our Crowdfund Better Training Portal® and all live meetings are held via videoconference. 


Will I get the chance to speak with anyone live or is it all pre-recorded? 

In 2024, the training will be delivered via a hybrid approach with both live sessions and pre-recorded courses. But you will also be able to access the entire program asynchronously if that’s what’s best for you. All live sessions will be recorded and made available on the Crowdfund Better Training Portal®.


How will I get my questions answered between sessions?

Crowdfund Better will host monthly Q&As via the Crowdfund Better Training Portal® to address questions that arise from working with the curriculum, as well as host special topic webinars to deepen your knowledge about the current crowdfunding ecosystem. 

Participants will also have access to a Discussion Forum to interact with the Crowdfund Better instructors and their fellow cohort members. Participants can also reach out to the Crowdfund Better team via email for technical support between sessions. 


Can I buy multiple seats for my organization? 

Not a problem. We’ll work with you through the invoicing process and provide coupon codes you can distribute to your team so they can register individually. We will also report registration and activity status back to your organization upon request.


What kind of payments do you accept? 

Payments can be made via check, ACH, Credit Card & ApplePay.


When will the next training program start?

New training cohorts launch bi-monthly. The training begins with a 2-day intensive followed by mentorship for a year as participants begin to work with the material with their clients.


How do I sign up?

Email: [email protected] and you’ll get a personal response from our team. 

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