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Crowdfunding for amateurs

30/6/2015 Project cancelled

from the desk of the CEO

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After the death of an advocate for our mobile food cart venture our business struggled. We were looking at many options for funding. Then we came across
kickstarter.com, an American organization to help creative projects by providing an online platform for backers for them to support these projects by donations.

Tribute to Rainer
Tribute to Rainer

Crowdfunding lets you raise funds without sacrificing ownership or having to face relatives across the table at holidays, or needing to promise a return besides a free sample of your product or some other ‘reward.’
It’s a bit like being in a kindergarten and doing a presentation for the children to understand. Yet, we thought, if that is our only option we will give it a go.
We knew it has, without any doubt, drawbacks:

It just makes it too easy to kid yourself
The projects work for many young would-be entrepreneurs, those that have not got into the rhythm of writing business plans or put into crafting mission statements and forecasting sales and determining costs.
It’s really like going back in time when you went to college – you put in the effort to show what you’re capable of.

It’s a lazy way of finding capital for your projects.

Investors will hesitate investing in a crowdfunded company. Is this true?

I think I know the answer here:
Do these companies really perform? How can they have the financial experiences if they haven’t got the qualifications nor the ability to write a business plan? I personally wouldn’t donate a penny to these projects as an entrepreneur.
Realizing your dream as an entrepreneur is hard. Crowdfunding sites, in my opinion, distort the dream. If funds are granted, it can help supplement other sources of money and help you try out a product, but the true test of a business is what happens next, after the funding is done. And that’s when you’ll need the discipline,  expertise and sense of urgency that comes putting your own money at risk or that of serious investors who expect a real return.

For us it was out of desperation because of other issues, interfering with traditional funding options, issues we were for a long time completely unaware of. When we found ourselves declined for funding we were never told about the reasons….so we thought: “That’s odd, no public debtor record hold any negative reports on us! We have provided a most complex and striking business and marketing plan, yet we get declined for reasons we don’t really understand. On our path we value fellow humans who are honest with us and say directly to our face what they find good, what they find bad and what they criticize when they decline funding applications.”

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As concerning the future for Camden Bratwurst Pillar Limited we have now found ways to grow our business following the issues concerning Coca Cola Enterprises.

Warm regards,

Stefan Schenkelberg

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our brand new look

new website
new frontpage

We’re beyond excited that our full content based, brand new website is now life!

The result of the new design (we believe!) is a clean, simple and most powerful look and feel using a user friendly-interface. 

We love that we’ve bucket the common design trends in the food industry and made a choice to stand out rather than blend in. And most importantly, we’ve kept our design values of bold, positive and simple at the centre throughout the entire process.

By taking a minimalist approach, we’ve been able to create a unique look that sits well with our products and serves as a good brand recognition booster. Having said that we have re-branded the name of our food stall as a tribute to the owner’s loss of his much loved brother Rainer recently.  Rainer’s Bavarian Grill will from now on be the theme of our mobile food business and you will soon see a transformation of our ‘can’ to reflect the changes.

This might sound crazy, but one of the things we love the most about the new emerging website is the challenge to develop parts of it as we go along. Stefan Schenkelberg is currently putting all efforts into the task of taking our small business to the next level.

The healthy approach to cooking does make a difference; The design shows prominent images of an incredible business couple from Germany, whose lives have been changed through the help of the Brits that have faithfully purchased our products to spoil their taste buds. We can’t wait to keep changing more lives as the serving of our food products from Germany keep ticking.

So now we’ve told you what we think of the new webdesign so far. We want to hear what you think! Take a look and scroll through the pages and please leave a comment.

Have a lovely weekend!

Warm wishes and Guten Appetit from all of us here at Rainer’s Bavarian Grill