Welcome to the Ital Gifts crowdfunding campaign!

We are excited to invite you to our crowdfunding campaign. Together letโ€™s help take this platform to the next level.

Please support our crowdfunding campaign by visiting – crowdfunder.co.uk/p/italgifts

Our Story

Founded in January 2023, Ital Gifts is a vibrant online marketplace specializing in African and Caribbean inspired gifts and home to a community of independent sellers, providing shoppers with unique finds, exclusive items and authentic gifts.

Our mission is to showcase the richness and diversity of Africa and the Caribbean through a diverse range of clothes, jewellery, toys, artwork, books and home decor that celebrates the beauty, history and traditions of these regions.

As a black-owned business, we have struggled to raise funds through traditional routes, so we have launched our crowdfunding campaign.

With your support and the funds raised, we will have necessary resources to continue to promote, expand and develop the website, create new functionality, enhance the user experience and become self sustainable.

But we need your support to make this a reality!

As you may know, public support of black-owned businesses is crucial.

Funding Challenges of Black-Owned Businesses

Why Your Support Is Crucial

As a black entrepreneur, Johnny Walker, the founder of Ital Gifts, understands the challenges black-owned businesses face with securing funding and support.
Black people historically face significant barriers when attempting to access funding, which can hinder their ability to start and grow their business.
  • Black-owned businesses are less likely to receive bank loans, venture capital and other forms of funding.
    (Source: National Bureau of Economic Research)
  • Black entrepreneurs receive less than 1% of all venture capital funding, despite representing nearly 14% of the US population.
    (Source: The Brookings Institution)
  • Only 0.2% of venture capital funding in the UK goes to black entrepreneurs.
    (Source: British Business Bank)
Loans are a key source of funding for many small businesses.

  • Black entrepreneurs are three times more likely to be denied a loan than non-black entrepreneurs.
    (Source: The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland)
  • Only 2% of small business loans from major banks go to black-owned businesses.
    (Source: CNBC)
  • Black entrepreneurs often face higher interest rates and fees for loans.
    (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

How Your Contribution Will Be Used

Your contribution will go towards funding:

  • Marketing of the website, its products and the sellers
    We work hard behind the scenes to promote products through various channels, both onsite and offsite, including Google, Instagram and Facebook.

    Your support will provide us with the necessary resources to succeed and to ensure Ital Gifts becomes self-sustainable.
  • Technical development and website improvements

    We consistently work on developing the website and creating new functionality and features to improve the user experience for both shoppers and sellers.

  • Supporting our sellers

    Ital Gifts is a platform for a community of independent designers, artists and entrepreneurs who are so often overlooked by larger retailers.
    By supporting Ital Gifts, you are also supporting the sellers on Ital Gifts.

    We work closely with the sellers to grow their products range, reach a wider audience and generate new income revenues and in the near future, we will run monthly webinars with guest speakers for sellers and shoppers alike

Rewards

We know every pound and dollar counts and we are grateful for any amount you can contribute to our campaign.
Every donation, no matter the size, will make a significant impact.

As a thank you for your support and as a token of our appreciation, we are offering some exciting rewards

If we surpass our target, we want to offer some extra rewards

Donations reach ยฃ10,000 – All supporters will receive, (in addition to the above), the following:-
  • 5% discount voucher and a limited edition digital print sent via email of a scene that celebrates life living in the countryside in Jamaican
Donations reach ยฃ20,000 – All supporters will receive, (in addition to the above), the following:-
  • 5% discount voucher and four limited edition digital prints sent via email of scenes that celebrates African and Caribbean heritage
Donations reach ยฃ40,000 – All supporters will receive, (in addition to the above), the following:-
  • 10% discount voucher and a set of 4 postcards; each displaying a different scene that celebrates African and Caribbean.

Thank You

Thank you for considering supporting Ital Gifts and for your generosity.
Your investment will help us continue to grow and flourish, so we can continue to offer an excellent service to independent sellers and our customers alike.

By supporting each other, we grow together…

Please support our crowdfunding campaign by visiting – crowdfunder.co.uk/p/italgifts