crowdSPRING Honored with ITA CityLIGHTS Award

crowdSPRING wins 2009 Newcomer Award

CHICAGO, IL - 27-Apr-09 GMT-

crowdSPRING, an online marketplace for creative services, announced the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) has honored the company with a 2009 CityLIGHTS Award, in the Newcomer Award category.

The awards, which honor outstanding information technology companies, executives and advocates in Illinois, were presented to the winners at the Association’s tenth annual CityLIGHTS Gala on April 23 at Union Station. CityLIGHTS is the Midwest’s premier technology-related award event and Illinois’ largest gathering of technology executives in the state.

The Newcomer Award is presented to the company that has the strongest potential to emerge from its start-up phase to become a solid presence in the technology marketplace. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

Be a start-up (less than three years old); Have at least $1 million in annual revenue; Have exhibited some early inroads in developing a sustainable business model; Have established revenues or early funding from recognized funding sources; Provide a unique service or product offering; Demonstrate solid management capabilities; Offer a compelling and innovative perspective on a marketplace; Show the opportunity to build a business on technology; and Demonstrate community and industry involvement.

Launched in May 2008, crowdSPRING is an online marketplace for buyers and sellers of creative services. Buyers who need a new logo, website, marketing materials or other creative content simply post what they need, when they need it and how much they want to pay. Once posted, more than 20,000 creatives from around the world will submit actual work – not bids or proposals – for the buyer to review. As the submissions come in, buyers are able to review, sort, rate, provide feedback and collaborate with creatives until they find the “the one.” crowdSPRING was founded on three core principles: offer buyers choice, give creatives a level playing field, and protect intellectual property for all. The crowdSPRING model takes the risk out of buying creative services by offering buyers choice up front – actual designs to choose from instead of bids or proposals. The crowdSPRING marketplace empowers an underground, underdog creative community and levels the playing field by allowing creatives – whether established professional or talented newcomer – to compete solely on the basis of their talent. crowdSPRING also protects the intellectual property of all parties by offering completely free, customized written legal agreements for every transaction.

“We’re thrilled to be acknowledged by an organization we deeply respect,” said Mike Samson, co-founder of crowdSPRING. “Winning this award is a great accomplishment for us and gives us a little excitement knowing we’re starting to make a name for ourselves and gain support in our own community.”

For the first time in the ten-year history of CityLIGHTS, members of Illinois’ technology community helped determine winners in five of the six award categories, with nearly 1,000 registering to participate and vote. The flagship CityLIGHTS award was selected by ITA’s board of directors.

“The 2009 CityLIGHTS winners are a direct reflection of the high quality technology companies, executives and advocates making positive change in Illinois,” said ITA President Fred Hoch. “With such a large portion of Illinois’ vibrant technology community casting their vote, this year’s winners should be proud to be held in such high regard by their peers.”

About crowdSPRING

crowdSPRING is an online marketplace for creative services. For buyers, crowdSPRING is a place to post a creative project, watch the world contribute ideas and choose the one they like. For creatives, crowdSPRING is a global stage for creativity where title and experience don't matter.

crowdSPRING is a privately held company based in Chicago. For more information, visit

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