Crowdfunding via the internet is the latest craze to hit the startup world. Also called equity crowdfunding or hyper funding, internet crowdfunding allows business owners to pitch their idea to a virtual audience who decide whether or not to support the effort by pledging money and other resources.
The phenomenon is proving to be not just a fad. According to growthink.com, $100 million USD was pledged in 2011 on the site Kickstarter.com alone, launching over 27,000 projects at a 46% success rate. From 2010 to 2011, the number of launched projects are up more than 2x, successful projects tripled, and dollars pledged and total visitors grew to nearly 4x in one year. Businesses are using crowdfunding sites to jumpstart not only their new ideas, but to expand into new markets as well.
Here are top 7 crowdfunding sites you can use to garner support for your business.
2. Indiegogo – Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Indiegogo specializes in funding campaigns in the areas of arts, film, music, and non-profit organizations
3. RocketHub – Fundraising platform raises funds and awareness for projects primarily in fashion, music, theatre, writing, and photography
4. Pozible – Pozible has its roots in Australia but has since branched out to regions like the UK and crowdfunds artists, filmmakers, and social advocates
5. Peerbackers – A more recently founded site, Peerbackers takes 5% of funds raised for projects by their site
6. Wefunder – One of the main backers behind the Crowdfund Act passed in April 2012, Wefunder investors have pledged over $17 million to date
7. Startup Addict – Startup Addict is a crowdfunding platform that focuses on Real Estate in addition to traditional crowdfunding areas
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