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Accessing capital as a Gluten-Free Entrepreneur with Kiva Zip (Workshop)

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394 Broadway, 5th Floor · New York, NY

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We'll be on the 5th floor. Buzz in to the Impact Hub at the front door, and take the elevator or walk up to the 5th.

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Have you ever dreamed about starting your own gluten-free business but didn't have the funds to start?

Do you want to write a gluten-free cookbook but need some extra money to help publish it?

Did you ever want to help back a gluten-free start-up but didn't know how?

Attend this free workshop to learn how your gluten-free business can benefit from Kiva Zip!

Accessing Capital with Kiva Zip: How to get a 0% interest loan for your gluten-free business!

Most people think of ( as an international nonprofit via which you can make a loan to an entrepreneur in a developing country. What most don’t know is that Kiva now operates in the US as well, offering 0% interest loans of up to $10,000 to entrepreneurs here in New York City!

The Kiva Zip US program ( is working to revolutionize the way small, socially impactful business access capital. Unlike banks who underwrite loans based on credit score, collateral or cash flow, Kiva Zip uses “social underwriting,” determining a borrower’s creditworthiness based on their character and network of trust. Loans are crowd-funded on the Kiva Zip website by individuals around the world who invest as little as $25 each. They have a network of thousands of lenders and have a funding success rate over 90%.

While speaking with Lauryn Drainie, of the Kiva Zip Program, I learned that food businesses are the most popular with Kiva Zip’s global community of lenders. In fact, many of their most popular loans have been for gluten-free businesses (

Meet the borrower: 8 Bit Bakeshop

8 Bit Bakeshop ( is a video game and comic book inspired baked goods company founded by Hannah and Matthew and based out of a kitchen in Long Island City, NY.

Inspired by their type 1 diabetic daughter, the 8 Bit Bakeshop launched Little Luna Cookies (, a line of 8 Bit goodies aims to cater to those with food allergies and special dietary needs.

8 Bit says, "Sufferers of nut, gluten, dairy, and even more food allergies are often forgotten in the world of specialty pastries. Though there are tons of yummy options on your supermarket shelves, there is nothing quite like a fresh handmade pastry made just for you on your special day. Or any day really!

But what makes us the best place to go to? Not only do we make these pastries in a separate kitchen from other businesses in our incubator, we take the time to use dedicated tools just for you. AND! Your cookie order comes with a complete nutrition facts label (as applicable) and the listing of ingredients. ....All for no extra charge. "

Come meet the 8 Bit Bakeshop team, learn how a 0% interest Kiva Zip loan helped launch these gluten-free cookies. Stay to sample and buy Little Luna cookies!

Interested in learning more about Kiva Zip but cannot attend the event, click here. (