A while ago, saying that all you have to do in order to succeed is just to come up with a good idea would be considered naive, to say the least. That was before crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding is a communal way to gather funds for the realization of an idea, a project, a business or a non-profit cause. How does it work? You pitch your idea online and whomever is interested can finance your idea with any sum of money they would like to donate. Your idea can be an internet startup, an art project or even a new product.
If you’re still feeling skeptic, it’s because you haven’t yet visited crowdfunding platforms and haven’t realized how safe, helpful and inspiring they are. We prepared a list of successful crowdfunding communities, where people’s dreams literally come true every day. If you’re looking for a way to finance your brilliant idea or important cause, you definitely want to check these out.
Funding platform for creative projects. Post your unique idea and get sponsored by equally-enthusiastic people.
Entrepreneurs can use this network to find funding through investors, venture capitals or angels. Success stories on the site indicate that users were able to raise substantial funds ($1 Million and more!) for their business initiatives.
Quirky helps inventors, engineers, product designers and developers. Their community of experts will support you in evaluating, researching, conceptualizing, producing and marketing your product.
A great platform to start a campaign and raise funds for different types of ideas and causes – from independent fashion lines to sponsoring animal shelters.
School tuition, medical bills, business ideas – GoFundMe is helping people raise money to pay for all of these things and more. This platform lets you create a personalized page for your cause and makes it easy to promote your page online.
For many projects, money isn’t necessarily the most important resource. Art House Co-op is a creative platform that connects people from all over the world in creating joint art works. On this website, you can ask people to share their photography works, their stories, their portraits and so forth, and combine them into a masterwork.
Upstart was created by ex-Google employees who wanted to support gifted young individuals in fulfilling their potential. Upstart backers help these individuals not only by sponsoring grad-school tuition, internships, etc., but also by offering professional guidance on how to make it.
A funding community devoted to launching great ideas. In addition to the fundraising platform, Rocket Hub also posts opportunities and openings that might be interesting for different kinds of creatives.
ArtistShare connects musicians with fans and supporters who are willing to sponsor new art projects. This platform works closely with the music industry, and several projects that were funded by it actually received Grammy awards afterwards.
You don’t necessarily need a funding platform to find a sponsor for your dream. You can be inspired by Alizarin Waissberg’s brilliant campaign that targeted businessman Michael I. Roth as an investor in her future career. It worked!