Kettering University's first 'Upstart'

Apr 5, 2013

Kettering University graduate Brian Falther was recently accepted into 'Upstart,' a funding platform for entrepreneurs.

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Brian Falther

Kettering University graduate Brian Falther is passionate about sustainable food production. He and current student Austin Lawrence have already gained significant funding for their personal food production platform, Future Tech Farm. They’ve raised money from the Kettering Entrepreneur Society,  The Awesome Foundation, the Grand Rapids based venture capital fund - Start Garden, and took second place in the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge.

Now, Falther is pursuing another innovative means to gain funding for the project he’s passionate about -- he is Kettering University’s first ‘Upstart’, and is accepting investments. Upstart.com is a crowd funding platform for entrepreneurs striving to raise funds to work on their passions. Falther was accepted to Upstart’s pilot program in February and is looking for investors, also known as backers.  The way this works is backers are able to invest in Falther with capital and mentorship; in exchange for payout of a percentage of his future income over the next 10 years.

“Upstart is such an amazing new way to fund people instead of projects,” Falther said. “This gives me the opportunity to work on what I’m truly passionate about, full-time, instead of taking the traditional day job. I want to change the world now, and the Upstart platform allows me to do that.  It’d be fantastic to have the support of the Kettering community.” 

Read more about Upstart.

Read more about Brian Falther.

Read more about Future Tech Farm.

Contact: Patrick Hayes
phayes@kettering.edu
(810) 762-9538