NEWS RELEASE from Connect for a Cause
New Orleans startup launches networking service for social good
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Today, April 19 New Orleans startup Connect For A Cause is making it possible for anyone to have lunch with business luminaries, executives, and even celebrities. Jason Nicosia, a local entrepreneur and Connect For A Cause founder, created the online auction platform to provide motivated networkers an opportunity to win meetings with hard-to-reach people while providing nonprofit organizations with a unique fundraising tool.
"Part of our mission is to connect people who might otherwise not have the ability to reach those individuals who can have a big impact on their businesses and careers,” said Nicosia. "Often, success is all about who you know, and now we can provide that introduction while helping worthy causes at the same time.”
The process begins with a nonprofit getting local executives and VIP supporters to donate an hour of time for a lunch meeting. The VIP’s biography is then listed on www.connectforacause.com, where anyone can register and bid. The high bidder wins the auction and gets to schedule lunch with the VIP or executive at an agreeable location. Proceeds from the auctions support the sponsoring nonprofits, helping them to better communities and be more effective in their missions.
"Connect For A Cause helps networkers make a personal connection with people they would typically be unable to access. Meeting the right people has always been the fastest way to get ahead. By helping innovators get their foot in the door, we can assist in that success for social good.”
Connect For A Cause has already gained interest in the community and raised $125,000 in startup funding. The site’s service has launched a live beta version, and registration is open for nonprofits and meeting-seekers across the country.
Nicosia says nonprofit organizations in 23 states have requested an invitation to take part in the service. With more than 1.5 million nonprofits in existence nationwide, he looks forward to seeing Connect For A Cause grow rapidly and create an ever-expanding network of VIPs, networkers and nonprofits working together to meet their individual goals.
Founded in 2011, Connect For A Cause’s mission is to give people the power to connect while making the world around them a better place. Anyone can signup for Connect For A Cause and create opportunities to meet mentors and decision makers who could impact their businesses and careers. Connect For A Cause is a privately held company headquartered in New Orleans, LA. Learn more at www.connectforacause.com.