Crowdfunding

News and Articles About Crowdfunding

Indiegogo's New Hub for Entrepreneurs Is an Important Reminder to Us All
Indiegogo

Indiegogo's New Hub for Entrepreneurs Is an Important Reminder to Us All

The crowdfunding site is furthering its efforts to focus on entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneur Staff
Medical Entrepreneurship Is Not Just for Big Pharma
Entrepreneurs

Medical Entrepreneurship Is Not Just for Big Pharma

More opportunities -- and more funding -- means more open doors.
Mike Wood
5 Ways Digital Marketing Powers Your Equity Crowdfunding Campaign to Succeed
Equity Crowdfunding

5 Ways Digital Marketing Powers Your Equity Crowdfunding Campaign to Succeed

When you research something online, you become a hot lead.
Kendall Almerico
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Launches Kickstarter for Video Game
Kickstarter

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Launches Kickstarter for Video Game

'Space Odyssey' players will terraform planets, build colonies and embark on missions.
Entrepreneur Staff
These 30 International Entrepreneurs Really Are Solving the World's Problems
Global Entrepreneurship

These 30 International Entrepreneurs Really Are Solving the World's Problems

The world has countless problems, unless you're an entrepreneur, in which case the world has countless opportunities.
Serenity Gibbons
What It Takes to Build a Business Based on a Personal Passion
Entrepreneur Radio

What It Takes to Build a Business Based on a Personal Passion

Bonaverde shakes up the coffee distribution model with disruptive technology. Meltdown in the Desert teaches new entrepreneurs how to get off the ground.
Alan Taylor
How a Guitar Player With a Problem Turned $12,000 in Savings into a $1.4 Million Business
Starting a Business

How a Guitar Player With a Problem Turned $12,000 in Savings into a $1.4 Million Business

This contributor needed an attachable guitar amplifier. So he made one -- and raised $60,000 in his first two days.
Chris Prendergast
Calling All Expectant Entrepreneur Moms: Here's a New Way to Pay for Your Maternity Leave
maternity leave

Calling All Expectant Entrepreneur Moms: Here's a New Way to Pay for Your Maternity Leave

Have you considered crowdfunding your childbirth leave? And why aren't more companies offering paid leave in the first place?
Sara Margulis
It Always Takes More Time and Money Than You Think to Start a Business
Masters of Scale

It Always Takes More Time and Money Than You Think to Start a Business

It is the unanticipated items that cause most startups to take longer and cost more to reach breakeven.
Doug and Polly White
5 Useful and Strange Crowdfunded Products for Parents
Crowdfunding

5 Useful and Strange Crowdfunded Products for Parents

If you're a busy parent looking for some helpful tools to lighten your load, check out these useful products.
Rose Leadem
How One Former Google Exec Is Driving More Funding to Female Entrepreneurs
Women Entrepreneurs

How One Former Google Exec Is Driving More Funding to Female Entrepreneurs

Karen Cahn is on a mission to close the funding gap for women-led startups and small businesses. She sat down with Jessica Abo to talk about her crowdfunding platform, iFundWomen.
Jessica Abo
BrewDog plc Gives Original Investors a 2,765% Return
Equity Crowdfunding

BrewDog plc Gives Original Investors a 2,765% Return

Equity crowdfunding has a poster child.
Kendall Almerico
Crowdfunding Your Self-Published Book? Here Are 3 Things You Need to Know.
Self-Publishing

Crowdfunding Your Self-Published Book? Here Are 3 Things You Need to Know.

At first glance, a Kickstarter campaign seems temptingly easy. It's not.
Samita Sarkar
Payment Card Startup Plastc Took $12.7 Million From Investors and Customers ... and Then Just Disappeared
Tech Startups

Payment Card Startup Plastc Took $12.7 Million From Investors and Customers ... and Then Just Disappeared

Plastc promised its card device could store information from up to 20 other payment cards, saving customers the bother of carrying wallets filled with different cards.

Crowdfunding is the process of raising money to fund what is typically a project or business venture through many donors using an online platform, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. The fundraising window is usually finite -- 90 days, for instance -- and the fees and rules vary across platforms.

How to: Crowdfunding is typically done through an online platform that allows the fundraiser to set up a public campaign for accepting donations. The campaign will advertise details such as the nature of the project or venture, the amount of money the company is hoping to raise and the campaign’s fundraising deadline. People can donate a specified amount through the fundraising campaign’s website and often receive some sort of acknowledgement or reward in return for their donation.         

Applications of crowdfunding: This can range from charitable and educational projects to creative projects -- like funding films -- as well as supporting scalable businesses. Crowdfunding platforms each tend to cater to specific categories, such as Kickstarter which focuses on creative projects or Crowdfunder, an equity-based platform which is used for businesses looking to raise investment capital.    

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