Got a great new idea for a venture and need some money to get it going? Consider Kickstarter.
Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/) is a web based funding platform focused on a broad spectrum of creative projects. The hope is to fund projects like albums, films, and specific works of art, science or business with real business models. The projects to be funded need to have clearly defined goals and expectations. Examples include art, comics, dance, design, fashion, film, food, games, music, photography, publishing, technology, and theater.
The Kickstarter community is the crowd that votes for its support of the business concept. Most common projects on Kickstarter are for smaller projects that raise $5,000 or less. Great business concepts inspire people from the community to open their wallets and help the ideas become reality. It starts with the concept as presented by the entrepreneur. When and if so inspired, individuals in the community can pledge to support the idea. If enough pledges are secured, the community funds the idea.
How cool is that?
John Bradley Jackson
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship