This fall, Intuit® spontaneously backed small businesses on crowdfunding sites as part of a campaign called Backed by QuickBooks®, providing them with funding and other resources to get their businesses off the ground. Up until this point, the Backed by QuickBooks campaign has primarily focused on supporting new small businesses and first-time entrepreneurs. For our last and final Backed by QuickBooks’ funding round, we chose to go in a slightly different direction and fund a business that has been around for a number of years, but has a mission that closely aligns with Intuit’s core values.
App Camp – Portland, OR
App Camp is a one-week summer day program in Portland, Seattle, Phoenix and Chicago, where girls and transgender/gender non-conforming youth can learn to design and build apps. Their mission is to promote gender equity in technology by empowering youth through accessible education, community and mentorship. Since starting in 2013, App Camp has worked with 176 aspiring developers and more than 60 mentor volunteers.
This fall, App Camp started its third IndieGoGo campaign to raise the funds needed to extend App Camp into three new markets by 2020. They hoped to use the raised funds to buy new MacBook Pros, iPad Pros, Apple Pencils and iPod touches needed by the campers to learn app development on the latest and greatest technology. With Backed by QuickBooks’ contribution, AppCamp has raised more than $76,000. App Camp is now on track to host App Camps in three new cities by 2020, meaning it will bring App Camp to an additional 60 kids per year nationwide.
App Camp’s funding concludes the 2017 Backed by QuickBooks campaign. From a flower truck in Des Moines and a pop shop in Fort Worth, to a wide-calf boot start-up in San Francisco and a yoga studio in Asheville, QuickBooks has backed 11 amazing businesses all across the country. You can take a look back at all of the inspiring small businesses we have funded here.
QuickBooks is proud to support passionate people with big dreams and we can’t wait to watch these Backed by QuickBooks recipients grow and prosper.