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Today, Fund It is saying thanks to 18,000 people who together have donated more than €1m to 350 projects on the site over the past 16 months. Fund It is Ireland’s first crowdfunding platform, running on the same idea as Kickstarter , where users can ask others to fund a project they’re working on, be it a work of art, a book of poetry, a music festival or a video game. Users set a target they need to reach in a certain time frame, and they also offer various rewards depending on how much visiting philanthropists are willing to donate. Since the site launched in March 2011, pledges coming from all over the world have funded 250 performances, films, events and projects in science, art, fashion, publishing and more.
It all starts with an idea. If you have an idea for a tech startup and need seed stage capital, or have a startup but need investment, then SeedUps could be for you. Alternatively, if you want a range of investment opportunities in tech startups, then try SeedUps. Creating profiles is easy on SeedUps, and it's free to register for both startups and investors. Just add a photo and a simple bio. Adding a startup is easy too.
Access to finance is a key barrier to growing the interactive entertainment industry in the UK. UKIE believes that crowd funding models can provide a valuable source of finance for games and interactive entertainment businesses, particularly the large number of innovative and creative start-ups and SMEs that are emerging in the UK. The interactive entertainment industry is at the forefront of the adoption of crowd funding and crowd sourcing in the digital sector; a recent American crowd funding project (Double Fine Adventure) recently broke records by raising over $1.5 million in 24 hours on the crowd funding platform Kickstarter. However, we also believe that crowd funding has the potential for much wider use by SMEs in other sectors and wider community based projects throughout the UK.
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With the introduction of p2p lending some lenders wrote that the concept enabled everyone to feel as banker. Now, newly launched Crowdcube.com enables any UK resident to feel as venture capitalist for a financial commitment as low as 10 GBP. Investors can browse pitches which usually include business plans and financial projections and sometimes even video pitches. In return for the investment, investors get shares of the company. For example entrepreneur Daniel Vinson wants to raise 50,000 GBP. He is offering 49% equity in return, meaning investors roughly get 1% shares in return for 1,000 GBP investment.
Yesterday I invested a small amount and will become a shareholder of Crowdcube Ltd., which runs the British p2p equity marketplace Crowdcube.com (see earlier articles about Crowdcube ). Crowdcube is currently using it’s own platform to raise 300,000 GBP (approx. 470K US$) for a stake of 9% in the company. If you decide quick, you can become a shareholder of Crowdcub too (minimum investment is 10 GBP). For UK residents investments of over 500 GBP mean they are eligible for a 30% income tax rebate under the EIS scheme.
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