crowdfunding

All great projects start with a brilliant idea. However, turning such an idea into reality is not easy if you do not have enough money to fund your project. That is the problem for many young, creative and ambitious students. However, there is a way out. Have you ever heard about crowdfunding? It is a practice of raising money from many people, especially via the Internet. If you are searching for funding for your project, or perhaps, want to contribute to someone’s success, here are several websites to check:

1. GoFundMe 

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This platform allows raising funds for charity, different events, business projects and many other purposes. Basically, if you need money and can persuade other people that their donations will be used for good causes, it is a place where you can ask for help. GoFundMe had more than 6, 000, 000 donors in 2014, so the chances to find people willing to help are pretty high.

2. Kickstarter

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Kickstarter has raised as much as $ 444 million in 2014. That makes it the second most popular crowdfunding website after GoFundMe. This company is focused on creative projects such as crafts, dance, comics, stage shows, films, photography, journalism and any many others dealing with art. So if you’re a young artist or if you want to help some promising talent, check out their website

3.MicroVentures

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MicroVentures is an equity crowdfunding website, which offers help to start-ups. It positions itself as a “gateway to venture capital.” MicroVentures raised more than $20 million for different companies including such famous ones as Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp. MicroVentures performs due diligence to ensure that start-ups from its platform have good potential. Then investors can purchase stakes at these companies with online investments, which can be rather modest (for instance, $3000). It is the only site registered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

4. IndieGoGo

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IndieGoGo was one of the first crowdfunding websites. Its aim is to “empower people to activate the global community to make ideas happen.” Here it is possible to start a campaign and solicit money for start-up businesses, charity or any original idea. Donors will receive a gift but not an equity stake in the company.