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Crowdfunding for New Entrepreneurs Through Kickstarter

1 October 2014

Following up on its announcement a few months ago, budding entrepreneurs can now turn to Kickstarter to fund their projects as the company formally launches its service in Ireland. According to The Irish Independent, up until now, many Irish start-ups turned to the site’s international competitors including Indiegogo, as well as indigenous crowdfunding sites Fundit.ie and PledgeSports.

Irish entries will be able to sign up for funding from the beginning of next month but, as of now, they can register interest in starting a crowdfunding project with the website which will be open to donations from around the world. The Irish launch means that the number of countries who now have access to Kickstarter is ten including the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden.

According to Kickstarter’s website, more than US$1.3bn of donations have been pledged since the site first began operating in 2009. The donations have come from seven million donators, two million of which are repeat donators. The decision to set up an Irish version of the website was an easy one says its co-founder Yancey Strickler: ‘The Irish cultural scene has always been incredibly vibrant, and we can’t wait to see what amazing, ingenious and unique ideas will now be part of the Kickstarter universe.’

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