Sep 24, 2015 08:54 PM EDT
Donation-based and rewards-based crowdfunding are the most popular ways for entrepreneurs to bring their startups and projects to life.
Entrepreneur reports that 2015 is considered as "the year of crowdfunding" with all the significant growth and rapid changes in the market. In 2012, a total of $16.2 billion was raised by companies and individuals all over the world.
Kickstarter is one of the most popular crowdfunding sites out there. According to New York Times, this company has no plans of going public, and its owners said they won't sell. Kickstarter announced on September 20 that it was reincorporating as a "public benefit corporation," which would make it more effective for them to fund creative projects.
Forbes came up with this list of top crowdfunding sites:
Kickstarter is the largest crowdfunding site with 67,000 projects funded a more than $1 billion raised since 2009. GoFundMe is focused more on personal projects like vacations and raising money for a pet. It has raised more than $400 million. Indiegogo was originally launched in 2008 to fund films and is now one of the most popular crowdfunding sites out there. Crowdrise has a niche on charitable giving and event fundraising, which includes the New York Marathon, Ironman Race Series, and even the Boston Marathon. Crowdfunder lets startups and small entrepreneurs raise money by selling equity, debts, and revenue-based securities. RocketHub not only helps raise funds, it also educates entrepreneurs through its Success School. Appbackr supports entrepreneurs who dream of creating the next hottest apps. AngelList is like a social network platform for startups that connects entrepreneurs, investors, and even job seekers.
Moreover, Invested.In sells crowdfunding services as a "white label" software provider. StartSomeGood funds good initiatives, whether it is nonprofit, for-profit, or even unincorporated. FundRazr is another crowdfunding site for charitable causes. MoolaHoop caters to the women entrepreneurs. Peerbackers is created by Cash From The Crowd author Sally Outlaw, after being inspired by Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
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