Here is unique opportunity to meet more than 50 auction participants who will convert their time into donations for their charity of choice Richard Branson, Michael Bloomberg, Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal, Shark Tank host Lori Greiner, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, Ted Turner, Tamara Mellon, David Fialkow, Dennis Crowley, Jane Rosenthal, Neil Blumenthal, Sara Blakely and many more.
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Bidders will be offered an array of experiences including one-on-one meetings, mentorships, power lunches, internships, tours and trips.
Charitybuzz, a for-profit business, donates 80 percent of funds raised, and keeps the rest.
INC. reports that at least one previous Charitybuzz auction winner has gone on to land an investment from a celebrity entrepreneur. In 2013, small business owner Julie Bradfield used a one-hour meeting with Shark Tank‘s Greiner to pitch her travel product company RunningBuddy, which makes a line of magnetic pouches for runners. Greiner invested in the business in July 2014, and the company has generated nearly $2.5 million in retail sales since.
“We’ve found that entrepreneurs are the new rock stars online, ” said Charitybuzz Chairman and CEO Coppy Holzman “We’re excited to support Global Entrepreneurship Week through a groundbreaking online auction that gives our bidders the opportunity to meet some of the world’s most iconic business leaders or today’s luminaries and raise significant funds for their charity of choice.”
By auctioning luxury items and celebrity-backed experiences online to bidders worldwide, Charitybuzz has raised more than $150 million for more than 3, 200 foundation and non-profit clients.
- The most popular on Charitybuzz was coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook, sold for $610, 000.
- Coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Final bid: $610, 000 (2013)
- Be One of the First in the U.S. to Own a Lamborghini Aventador to benefit One Drop Foundation. Final bid: $610, 000 (2013)
- The top lots from 2014 included the opportunity to meet Sir Paul McCartney backstage which sold for $105, 000 for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.
- Coffee with Journey’s Steve Perry which sold for $75, 000 to benefit City of Hope.
- Business pitch session with Rupert Murdoch sold for $86, 000.
- An internship with Russell Simmons and Richard Branson went for $85, 000.
- Backstage Tour to Facebook headquarters and lunch with Blake Ross, co-founder of Firefox, was sold for $70, 000.
Hundreds of celebrities from Bruce Springsteen to Matthew McConaughey hit the auction block to support their favorite causes. Celebrity supporters also includes President Clinton, Sir Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Warren Buffet, Robert Downey Jr., Taylor Swift, Ralph Lauren, Barbra Streisand, Howard Stern, Chevy Chase, Billy Joel, HBO, Victoria’s Secret, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, John Varvatos, David Yurman, Bruce Springsteen, Hugh Jackman, and Beyonce.
Charitybuzz was founded in 2005 by CEO Coppy Holzman. Last month, Mark Cuban’s longtime business partner and Todd Wagner, acquired a majority stake in the business.
Last year, Charitybuzz held 13, 000 auctions with its community of bidders, who live in 110 countries around the world.
Bidding for the entrepreneurship auction ends on December 2. Below is a partial list of the entrepreneurs auctioning off private meetings.