In Canada since September 2013, Kickstarter is the world’s largest crowd funding platform. Its mission is to help bring creative projects to life. Since its 2009 launch, more than 5 million people have funded 50,000+ creative projects globally ranging from movies, music, live shows, comics, journalism, video games to food related projects. The rules are simple: the project must have a clear end, fit in one of its 13 categories and abide by the site’s prohibited uses.
What’s interesting about Kickstarter is if a backer chooses to invest in your project they are offered tangible rewards and special experiences in exchange for their pledge. The concept traces its roots to subscription model of arts patronage, where artists could go directly to their audience for funding.
I recently met a dynamic entrepreneur Thomas sychterz at the University Club of Montreal monthly 5-7 who introduced me to his latest business venture with partner Frank Bouchard, co-founder and creator of Wipebook. With a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management, Frank has huge interest in entrepreneurship education. His innovative whiteboard is a notebook that helps you generate great ideas and save them on the go. On the popular charts since its launch, the environmentally friendly idea has gone viral with 3,731 backers to date! The original pledge was for $4,000 and has surpassed it by a long shot reaching $190,000+ with 8 days to go.
You can view it here on Kickstarter and check out their news appearance on CBC Ottawa!