Tech startup holds boot camp for political candidates

DETROIT – The nonpartisan political crowdfunding startup Crowdpac announced the last call for potential candidates to register for a free evening boot camp on March 29 in Detroit designed to teach citizens how to run for office and win in the digital age.

The program will feature a panel of experts who will walk citizens through the process of exploring a campaign using the latest technology that is helping thousands of candidates run for office across the country.

Michigan’s April 24 filing deadline is rapidly approaching, but there’s still plenty of time for candidates to explore a run for office. Crowdpac’s platform was recently profiled by NPRFast Company and Roll Call for the way it applies innovative “Kickstarter-like technology” to help first-time candidates fund their campaigns.

“The single biggest challenge any candidate faces when they run for office is raising money,” said Mason Harrison, Crowdpac’s head of communications. “In this seminar, we’ll teach citizens the basics of exploring a run for office and raising the money they need to actually win.”

Crowdfund Your Run for Office will be held at WeWork Merchant’s Row at 1449 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. Networking, drinks, and refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by an interactive presentation and discussion from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited and preregistration is required to attend. Visit for ticketing information, or to learn more.

Crowdpac is based in San Francisco, Calif.

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