The First 100,000 Successful Kickstarter Campaigns, in 10 Numbers The crowdfunding platform released a mountain of data to celebrate its latest milestone. We pulled out a handful of the most interesting bits.

By Catherine Clifford

entrepreneur daily

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.


Six years, nine months and 10 days after launching, Brooklyn-based crowdfunding platform Kickstarter reached an impressive milestone: 100,000 projects have been successfully funded on the site.

The crowdfunding platform's tally of successfully funded projects rolled over to six figures at 11:29 p.m. ET Sunday night. As of this story publishing at 12:15 p.m. ET Tuesday, 100,046 projects have been successfully funded on the platform.

And while the 100,000 number is an impressive tally, there are a lot of campaigns that did not reach their goals to contribute to that six-figure milestone. Kickstarter has an all-or-nothing fundraising policy. If a project does not meet its fundraising goal, then all of the money that was pledged is returned to the backers.

More than 280,000 projects have launched on Kickstarter, which means that a bit more than a third of the projects that launch on Kickstarter successfully meet their fundraising goal. Kickstarter's 36 percent rate of launched projects successfully meeting their fundraising goals is actually a smidge above average for the industry.

Related: Women Raise More Money With Crowdfunding, Research Shows

To celebrate the 100,000 mark, Kickstarter pulled together 100 pieces of data to illustrate what those projects and their backers look like, where they come from geographically and how many people are involved in getting that many projects over the finish line.

We picked 10 of our favorites.

1. Number of successfully funded Kickstarter projects from launch on April 28, 2009, to Feb. 7, 2016: 100,000

2. Time it took to reach the first 100 successfully funded projects: 121 days

3. Time it took to reach the last 100 successfully funded projects: three days

4. Number of creators who launched those 100,000 projects: 86,101

Related: Last Year, Reading Rainbow Raised $5.4 Million on Kickstarter. Then, the Real Work Began.

5. Highest number of successfully funded projects by a single creator: 94

6. Number of countries represented by the backers of the project with the most international support: 169

7. Distance between a given project's location and one of its backers, on average: 2,317.09 miles

8. Number of backers who pledged to those 100,000 projects: 9,088,422

9. Number of known marriages between a creator of a successful project and a backer: one

10. Number of Kickstarter funded film projects that have been nominated for an Oscar: 11. (One of those film projects won an Oscar.)

Related: The SEC Just Approved Rules Opening Up Equity Crowdfunding to the General Public In a 3-1 Vote

Catherine Clifford

Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC

Catherine Clifford is senior entrepreneurship writer at CNBC. She was formerly a senior writer at, the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN. Clifford attended Columbia University where she earned a bachelor's degree. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow her on Twitter at @CatClifford.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Related Topics


The CEO of Catholic Prayer and Meditation App Hallow Says Founders Need to Be Part of Something Bigger Than Themselves

On this episode of "The CEO Series," learn about the soulful journey of Hallow's CEO and founder Alex Jones.

Business Ideas

55 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.

Thought Leaders

10 Simple, Productive Activities You Can Do When You Aren't Motivated to Work

Quick note: This article is birthed out of the urge to do something productive when I am not in a working mood. It can also inspire you on simple yet productive things to do when you're not motivated to work.

Business Solutions

Get More Done with ChatGPT for Just $20

This ChatGPT course can help you streamline your business.

Growing a Business

Lifetime Access to Business Advice with This AI-Powered Service is Just $29.99

With Consultio Pro, you'll find expertise on topics like data analysis, financial analysis, innovation management, and so much more.