What is Lucky Ant?
Lucky Ant is the first ever crowdfunding platform for local businesses. When
small businesses in your community want to grow, Lucky Ant gives you the
opportunity to help them. In exchange you get sweet deals and perks.
What do businesses need money for?
Businesses need money for many things, but at Lucky Ant we focus on a single
project. Lucky Ant projects can be almost anything that will help a business grow.
Businesses featured on Lucky Ant have raised money for new equipment, brand
development, advertising campaigns, new staff, and even repairs after Hurricane
How does Lucky Ant work?
Lucky Ant hosts businesses that are looking to raise funds to grow.
They offer you discounted services and perks and in exchange you help them invest
in their future! Every pledge you make is a pledge to make their business stronger.
In the end, it's a win-win.
Didn’t you use to feature only one business at a time?
Ya it turns out there were too many awesome businesses with too many
Where are you based?
Lucky Ant is proud to be a New Yorker. We are based in the beautiful Lower
East Side Neighborhood, home of our personal favorites: Katz’s, the Sunshine
Theater, and many other local legends.
What kind of small businesses can I help fund?
All businesses on Lucky Ant are retail Mom N’ Pop shops. Lucky Ant does not
feature large corporations, franchises, or chains. Beyond that they can be almost
anything. We’ve had restaurants, theatres, gyms, clothing stores, bakeries, and
many more. We look forward to featuring many more!
How do I find projects I may be interested in?
All projects are grouped by neighborhood. We automatically start you off in your
neighborhood, but if you’d like you can fund projects anywhere.
How much are these businesses looking to raise?
It depends on the project and what they need to buy, but the average is $10,000.
Check the Project Goal to see what each business is looking to raise.
What's the deal with milestones?
Milestones are there to show you what the business owners plan to do with the money you raise.
This way you know exactly where your money is going!
How much do I have to pledge?
Each business sets their rewards. Usually you can participate for as little as $5.
When do I get my voucher?
As soon as the project is over we'll send you a voucher. Our projects never go longer than 25 days,
so it won't be long. Just sit tight.
Can I withdraw a pledge?
No, you cannot withdraw a pledge. Once you have promised your help, no
Is Lucky Ant All-Or-Nothing?
Unlike other crowdfunding sites, we believe that if you've earned your money,
you should get to keep it. So, no, Lucky Ant is not all or nothing.
Even if the business doesn't raise their goal, you get your reward
and they get to invest in their future.
What happens once I’ve helped fund a project?
When a project has been funded, the business will be in touch with you and send
you updates on how the project is going.
Why should I pledge?
Well, we didn’t really expect you to give money away for free. When you pledge
money towards a project, that business will give you perks in return.
What kind of perks are we talking about?
Businesses on Lucky Ant love to get creative so the perks can be all over the
place. The simplest ones are discounts on products or services, but they can get
really crazy. Some of our favorites we’ve heard so far:
- “We’ll name a pizza after you”
- “We’ll close down the restaurant for you and your date to have a
- romantic dinner”
- “Our chef will come to your house and cook you dinner”
Do I ever get money back?
No. This is not that kind of investment. There is no ROI (return on investment) in
this game. We’ll leave that to the hedge funds.
How do I redeem my reward?
When the redemption date has arrived, you just go over to the store (or give
them a call), show them your ID, and they will check that you are on their list. It’s
as easy as that.
When can I expect to redeem my rewards?
Unless otherwise stated in the project FAQ all rewards are valid from the day
after the project funds and for a period of 6 months.
Are the businesses featured on Lucky Ant safe?
Each business that we feature has gone through our vetting process. We know
the business owners, and we only bring them to you if we trust them ourselves.
What happens if the business I’ve helped fund closes?
Unfortunately there’s a risk in any investment. Businesses close for many
reasons. Lucky Ant makes an effort to verify that the businesses we work with
are financially sound, but nothing is full proof.
Getting onto Lucky Ant
How can I propose a project in the Lucky Ant system?
If you run a business and would like to be featured on Lucky Ant, please submit a
project. We’d love to hear from you!
Do I have to be in New York?
No! Lucky Ant is now taking projects nationally! No matter where you are, we want to
hear from you. If we think we can help, we will do everything we can.
Can I suggest a businesse to Lucky Ant?
If there is a businesses that you know of that needs our help, let us know
through our contact form and we’ll get in touch with them.