It’s our favorite time of the year again! The demand for another Build Fund was insurmountable, and this year is a little different – with our expansion outside gaming, the second Build Fund is open to indie developers of any app.
This year’s Build Fund surrounds one central theme: creation. Sometimes, we get lost in the shuffle of the day to day, the incremental gains, the iteration. Some of the best games and apps today that have inspired entirely new genres came from something less scientific: a spark of genius and inspiration. We want to help facilitate that, being true supporters of genius without getting in the way. We’re massive fans of the independent developer community and can’t wait to take these apps to the next level.
In this year’s fund, we’ve partnered with Pepsi to support health and fitness app submissions, with chosen developers being able to integrate rewards from Propel. Pepsi has been a huge supporter of our Fitness Channel and we’re thrilled they’ve jumped on board.
Here’s the goods the ten chosen developers get:
•$10,000 in funds
•$5,000 worth of amazing services, including:
-$2000 AWS credit from Amazon
-Six months Pro access from Parse
-Six months Pro access from Urban Airship
-Six months Premium access from Localytics
-One year Enterprise License from Crittercism
•Priceless advice from an all-star roster of mentors, including:
-Phill Ryu, Co-Creator of Clear and MacHeist
-Jon Jordan, Pocket Gamer
-Phil Black, True Ventures
-Adam D’Augelli, True Ventures
-Lee Linden, Facebook Gifts (previously Tapjoy and Karma)
-Lars Leckie, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
-Kevin Talbot, Relay Ventures
-Mario Wynands, PikPok Games
-Scott Kveton, Urban Airship
-Matt Van Horn, Path
-Matt Hunter, Jawbone
-Derek van Vliet, Get Set Games
-Markus Kassulke, HandyGames
-Robert Kwok, Crittercism
Having experts who have succeeded in the market is a huge help for developers striking out on their own for the first time, and this entire initiative is our way of helping developers kickstart their apps and overcome the financial obstacles in the indie landscape.
Any questions? Email us!