Chris Shiflett on Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp

Brooklyn Beta people Chris Shiflett and Cameron Koczon have created Summer Camp, a program that invests $25,000 in your startup for a six per cent stake and gives you lots of help.

.net: What is Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp, and why did you create it?
Chris Shiflett: Summer Camp is a startup accelerator, which means it's an investment fund plus a lot of other stuff. It's a natural extension of what we're doing with the conference, which is to try to inspire people to make something they love and to help remove any barriers that stand in the way. Money is a big barrier.

There are many great designers and developers who don't fit the traditional startup mold. In fact, I know people starting companies who would never call them startups, even though that's what they are. They see investment and the sort of help we're offering as stuff that's only available to other people from somewhere else. Startup people. Just among my fellow Studiomates, examples include Tattly, A Book Apart and Dropmark.

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