The 2017 World YoYo Contest is 100% funded by sponsors, participants and retail sales of event merchandise. There is no national association slush fund. This is the first time this has been attempted since the World YoYo Contest became a mobile event (not anchored in Orlando).
The contest HAS been funded by these means. The scalability of resources and fiscal responsibility of the organizing team to deliver the event will see a contest that runs at close to its expected income. It's not a profit making venture but obviously a loss would be placed directly on individuals so that wouldn't be ideal either.
The indiegogo platform has been used to increase the reach of distributing event merchandise, with all proceeds going to the contest. It also broadens the reach to individual sponsors.
We encourage everyone to support competitive yoyo by either
A) making a purchase to support the event
B) increasing the awareness of the contest on social media by either sharing the indiegogo campaign or even reposting the live feed during the contest so more of the world sees the contest
Thanks to all who have already contributed, those supporting through their attendance and of course the sponsors!