Funding Your Idea: From Grandpa To Waiting Tables To Funded

April 1, 2011

5:00 pm

We’ve been watching GiveForward, for quite sometime, as they participated in one of our Chicago events, went through the Excelerate Labs Chicago accelerator and most recently raised $500,000 in funding. Desiree Vargas Wrigley is the co-founder of GiveForward a website that allows people to crowd fund money for medical expenses.

But that funding came after a lot of bootstrapping and alternative funding sources (like Desiree’s grandpa). In this interview, Desiree shares the unique ways she bootstrapped GiveForward in the beginning, where the idea came from, and how she pushed forward no matter what.

This interview is a part of Beyond The Pedway, a site created by Tim Jahn dedicated to discovering what drives creative entrepreneurs.

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Tim has conducted over 150 interviews on, a website he founded for creative entrepreneurs to learn from the successes, failures, and journeys of fellow creators. Follow Tim on Twitter @timjahn.

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