The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.
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Quick Pitch: FoundersCard is a membership community providing networking and exclusive benefits for entrepreneurs and innovators.
Genius Idea: Providing entrepreneurs with ongoing access to benefits, discounts, networking events and amenities that meet their needs.
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If top executives at large companies and investment banks have access to benefits and networking opportunities, then why don’t entrepreneurs?
That's the question that lead Eric Kuhn to start FoundersCard, a membership community for entrepreneurs and innovators that provides its members with exclusive benefits, discounts, amenities and frequent networking events that meet their needs.
“I wanted to create a community that allows entrepreneurs to have access to amazing and great opportunities,” Kuhn told Mashable. “FoundersCard is a community that helps them by giving them access to ongoing support and the opportunities that they deserve.”
Members receive a sleek, silver personalized card in the mail and can take advantage of all FoundersCard benefits from popular travel, lifestyle and business brands around the world. A few of the most popular brands include Virgin Atlantic Airways, Apple, Zip Car, W Hotels, Qantas Airways and St. Regis Hotels.
FoundersCard also hosts exclusive monthly networking events for its members. January’s event was in Las Vegas, and this month members will meet in San Francisco.
“It can be lonely being an entrepreneur or a founder, so we wanted to give them a chance to connect with each other, share experiences and meet on a personal level,” says Kuhn.
To give back to the entrepreneurial community, FoundersCard members can also create their own benefits and deals from their companies for fellow entrepreneurs.
A FoundersCard membership costs $495 per year with a one-time fee of $65. Although most members are referred by existing members, interested entrepreneurs can inquire about membership on the FoundersCard site. There's an application process that focuses on the member’s company and his or her commitment to the entrepreneurial community.
Interested in becoming a member? The FoundersCard team has provided a code for Mashable’s readers to purchase a membership for $295. To obtain this deal, just type in the code “FCMASH12 on the FoundersCard website.
Launched in 2010, FoundersCard is self-funded and currently has 5,000 members around the world.
Series Supported by Microsoft BizSpark
The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark, a startup program that gives you three-year access to the latest Microsoft development tools, as well as connecting you to a nationwide network of investors and incubators. There are no upfront costs, so if your business is privately owned, less than three years old, and generates less than U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, you can sign up today.
This story originally published on Mashable here.