As the crowdfunding concept is starting to draw a crowd, new startups built on a version of the Kickstarter model are now popping up all over the place, in sectors from gaming to health to education. GigaOM offers a snapshot of the fast-growing crowdfunding ecosystem.
According to GigaOM crowdfunding platforms tend to come in one of two flavors. The first is platforms that help fund a wide variety of one-time projects through donations, loans or pledges in exchange for rewards. These platforms are more about pledging support for an idea, project or person than investing in a product or company.
The second type of crowdfunding, sometimes called crowdinvesting, includes funding platforms designed to help more people get into the investing game by allowing them to take a piece of equity.
The following platforms are presented:
General crowdfunding platforms
Crowdfunding for social causes
Crowdfunding for health and medical
Crowdfunding for small and local businesses
Crowdfunding for science
Crowdfunding for music
Crowdfunding for education
Crowdfunding for gaming and apps
Crowdfunding for startups and companies
- Funders Club
- Angel List