- At Fund St. Louis, we are looking to back small business entrepreneurs. This is not to say that we think other business ventures are not helpful to St. Louis, but we’ve set these guidelines up to make sure that we have goals that are attainable and that the opportunities have a lasting effect on St. Louis.
- We wish we didn’t have to do it, but projects violating our guidelines will be removed. If you have questions you can contact us here.
- No charity projects or causes. This is different from actually setting up a new not for profit entity. However, this restriction does include everything from raising money for established charities like Red Cross to individual causes such as “Help buy me an iPad” to awareness campaigns about an issue. There are many important causes, however Fund St. Louis is not a general fundraising site. Please note that non-profits with opportunities that fit our other guidelines are welcome to use the Fund St. Louis site. We believe that establishing a new longer-term presence in St. Louis is our goal over any one particular time-based cause.
- No established business funding. If you have a well established mid or large-sized business, that’s perfectly fine! Rather, we’re underlining that we only are looking for new entities. However, if your established business is starting a new spin-off idea that will create new jobs in St. Louis, you are welcome to include that in our site.
- We prefer businesses that have a clear goal and begin with a specific project. A project is something finite, with a clear beginning and end. Someone can be held accountable to the framework of a project—a project was either completed or it wasn’t—and there are definable expectations that everyone can agree to. If that project leads to a company, we’re thrilled! An example would be designing a new piece of apparel that could then lead to starting a fashion label.
- No funding for self-help projects or As-Seen-on-TV products. These kinds of projects are too overtly commercial, and not in the spirit of creating jobs and a culture of entrepreneurship in St. Louis that we support.
- No funding to hire programmers/developers to build your website/app. Whether it’s a website to sell merchandise or a cool idea for an iPhone game, we only support the funding of website/app projects if they are by the developers themselves to start an online venture. Grassroots mapping, open source DNA projects, and other creative uses of technology are all acceptable if they help provide jobs for a growing small business.
- All projects must offer rewards or give back to the community. Fund St. Louis is not a general fundraising site, it’s a form of commerce and patronage. If you’re not viewing rewards as core to your opportunity or have no intention of helping others out as central to your mission, Fund St. Louis may not be for you. Please note that raffles, discounts, coupons, financial returns, and investment offers are prohibited.
- We rely on respectful interactions to ensure that Fund St. Louis is a friendly place. Please follow the rules below.
- Spread the word but don’t spam. Spam includes sending unsolicited @ messages to people on Twitter. This makes everyone on Fund St. Louis look bad. Don’t do it.
- Don’t promote a project on other projects’ pages. Your comments will be deleted and your account may be suspended.
- Be courteous and respectful. Don’t harass or abuse other members.
- Don’t post obscene, hateful, or objectionable content. If you do we will remove it and suspend you.
- Don’t post copyrighted content without permission. Only post content that you have the rights to.
- If you don’t like a project, don’t back it. No need to be a offensive to other members or opportunities.