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Meet our backers! Josie Littlepage – Cosmopolitan Events

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We spoke to another one of our amazing backers from The Apprentice Program Kickstarter campaign – Josie Littlepage, CSEP – Owner and producer at Cosmopolitan Events.

Josie believes in The Apprentice Program. She’s helping us achieve our mission, while using her time more efficiently and helping her company become more profitable.

We’re on a mission to revolutionize the events industry: We want to STOP horrible internships.

With over two decades experience of planning and producing events, Josie has a passion for creating beautiful and lasting memories. She has also dedicated many years on the board of the International Special Events Society – St. Louis chapter, where she has held several positions including Chapter President.

We discover what she’s learned as Owner of an event planning firm, her best life hack tips and what the biggest reason was she decided to support The Apprentice Program by The Simplifiers!

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“I believe in Mary and have seen how her ideas have grown and flourished…” ~ Josie Littlepage, CSEP – Cosmopolitan Events, St. Louis, MO

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Meet our backers! Erica Prewett – A Big To Do Event

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Today, we talk to one of our backers from the Kickstarter campaign – Erica Prewett, CSEP – CEO of A Big To Do Event and current 2015-16 chapter president for the International Special Events Society, Atlanta chapter.

By supporting our campaign, Erica is joining us on our mission to revolutionize intern training:

We want to STOP horrible internships, for mentors and interns alike!

She’s been in the business of creating live events since 1999.  Organizations such as IBM, AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Mississippi as well as hundreds of brides and families have experienced stress-free weddings, social and corporate events because of this Checklist Queen.

We find out her best life hacks, insider tips for planning events and she will reveal the biggest reason she decided to back The Apprentice Program by The Simplifiers!

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“I believe that the more of us support each other, the best ideas will come to fruition.” ~Erica Prewett, CSEP – A Big to Do Event, Atlanta, GA

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Kickstarter newbie? Here’s 6 easy steps to back us.

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Hello friends!

So, you’ve been follokickstarter-logowing our Kickstarter campaign and you’re ready to back us?


But you’re a total Kickstarter newbie and the website is well, a bit intimidating.  No sweat…it was for me at first, as well.

 Here’s the simple 6 step method to become a backer on Kickstarter:

  1. create a login with Kickstarter.  Don’t worry, it’s not scary…just login here and within 2 clicks, you’re in.
  2. search for: APPRENTICE PROGRAM  —> and you will find our campaign in the “technology~web” category
  3. click on “BACK THIS PROJECT” button on top right
  4. choose the reward level that suits you (on the far right, scroll down to see the full list of awesomeness)
  5. enter in your payment details (credit cards, folks…not checks, not carrier pigeons carrying checks)
  6. viola!  you’re a backer.

It’s really that simple.


The clock is ticking.

We must raise 10k USD by Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 or we don’t get a penny.

With your help, here’s how we’re doing so far:

APPRENTICE PROGRAM: crowdsourced training for hero interns -- Kicktraq Mini

So, whether you’re:

  • an entrepreneur/friend/family member who believes in Mary and the team
  • or a mentor who loves the concept and wants to use the product to train your own interns
  • or a student who believes in our mission to STOP horrible internships…

…we thank you.  

Seriously.  Without you, none of this would be possible.  As a small business attempting to revolutionize internships GLOBALLY, this is no small feat.  Your financial support helps us kickstart things with a little cash and get it off the ground.

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We are the right people for the job.  With the right solution to fix a massive problem. 

Let’s do this….together.


don’t miss this weekend’s raffle on Kickstarter!

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[EDIT, as of 7:40pm CST – Jan 22, 2016] $3986 raised, 39% funded, 48 backers, 19 days to go

(click here to check out the Kickstarter)

thank you to our recent backers…

• Cindy LoRed Velvet Events – prominent corporate event planning team based in Austin, Texas

• Martin Holm MortensenAccelerace (Denmark business accelerator) – entrepreneur & investor

• Aubri NowowiejskiStudent Event Planners Association (SEPA) – founder and advocate for student event interns in the US

MENTORS, STUDENTS, ENTREPRENEURS, all believe in The Apprentice Program!

Earlier this week, I spoke at the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) with 80 educators and at Nott Tuesday, a room of about 60 tech entrepreneurs this week, revealing details about The Apprentice Program and our Kickstarter…and then, a light bulb went on.

We are UBER for online education.

The Apprentice Program is a crowd-sourced social network for information sharing, both for mentors and interns to TAP into a global network of training resources.

BIG NEWS! we’re running a raffle this weekend.

…everyone who backs our project within the next 48 hours, will be entered into a raffle where you could get bumped up to the next backer level without an increase in pledge $$.
So, if you back us at the $50 level, you could potentially win the LIFETIME access rewards of the $100 level!
If you’ve been on the fence, thinking about backing our project…

…now is the time to pledge!

This raffle ends at 11:59pm PST on Sunday, Jan 24th and we’ll pick 5 winners from the people that pledge between now and then.

Tell your friends, share it with the world…with your help, we aim to be 100% funded by Monday.

And remember, if we don’t hit our $10k goal, we don’t get ANY of the money you’ve helped us raise so far…so, thank you for sharing this far and wide on your Facebook page, twitter and beyond.

And thank you for supporting The Simplifiers and joining the Intern Manifesto.

Together, we will STOP horrible internships by building the platform that helps mentors train their interns! 

Click here to check out the Kickstarter