Ashton & Ryan Clark Seeking to Reach Organizations, Nonprofits, Universities
Ashton and Ryan Clark, twin brothers who are energetic entrepreneurs, have launched UTicketIt.com, an exciting new, interactive online ticketing and event management website designed to help small firms, nonprofit associations, universities and community organization’s open seating events.
The two recent University of Illinois graduates have spent the bulk of their teen and young adult years, creating, launching and operating several online projects. Now, they are confident they have a product that is secure, low cost, easy to set up and customizable.
“What we found was that many organizations just don’t have the time or expertise to figure out how to best manage their event, keep track of ticket sales or even promote their events,” said Ashton Clark the company’s president, who grew up in the Chicago suburb of Flossmoor.
UTicketIt.com integrates all the required tools to set up event registration, accept payment or donations for a fundraiser (through a client’s PayPal account), print tickets, promote the event through social media using FaceBook and Twitter, and email. Additionally, the system has an extensive reporting system, allowing you to generate sophisticated reports to track ticket sales, pricing and traffic to the website.
“UTicketIt.com allows organizations to create an event, set up ticket sales and manage the whole process,” said Ashton who, along with his brother, were named in 2009 Diversity Executive Magazine’s “Emerging Leaders Under 40”.
To help them fund the project and develop a smart phone app, the Clark brothers recently received $10,000 from TheCASHFLOW and its foundation, 100 Urban Entrepreneurs. The New York company, founded by veteran entrepreneur and media executive Phil Rugile, provides financing, mentoring and business planning to young entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas.
The Clark brothers currently operate several other online businesses, including: 247MixTapes.com and LudaKicks. 247MixTapes promotes music compilations – “mix tapes” of performing artists before their albums are released. Since high school, the brothers have run Ludakicks.com (http://ludakicks.com), an online magazine that offers information about the latest sports footware. There are several other projects on the drawing board that the twins are planning to release later this year. “We’re always bouncing ideas off each other,” Ryan said.