You’ve probably heard of Kickstarter, as it has become all the rage of late.
If not, then Kickstarter is what’s known as a “crowd funding” website. Basically, people put their inventions and projects up there – and hope the general public are interested enough to pledge some money towards making it a reality (and obtaining bonuses such as a cheap pre-order on the product).
Many success stories have come from Kickstarter, most famously the Pebble Smartwatch, which has raised pledges to the tune of $10 million.
It’s not just about gadgets and inventions, though, as artists can take to Kickstarter to procure funding for films, music, video games, pretty much anything you can think of. Double Fine managed to secure $3.5 million for its upcoming point-and-click adventure game.
The good news is that Kickstarter is expanding from the US, and is apparently due to arrive in the UK this autumn.
Kickstarter tweeted: “People in the UK will be able to launch projects on Kickstarter starting this autumn! More info soon!”
That’s all that has been said thus far, so details are pretty sketchy, and whether or not the service will be launching in other European countries isn’t clear. But it’ll definitely be coming to the UK inside the next few months.
So British-based entrepreneurs best get their thinking caps on, and ready some ideas for floating and funding.
To date, some 62,000 projects have been launched on Kickstarter, with almost half of them meeting their funding targets – quite a considerable achievement.