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Jonathan May, CEO, shares Hubbub’s reasons for crowdfunding In case you haven’t realised, Hubbub is crowdfunding. Today sees the launch of our 3 week campaign to crowdfund our own investment. Hubbub builds fundraising communities. We connect projects to people and empower organisations to develop and strengthen the relationships they have within their communities and supporters. Our core product is a crowdfunding platform that can be branded and operated by schools, colleges, universities and non-profits – bringing the engagement and interactivity of Kickstarter or IndieGoGo to sectors where fundraising and communities really matter. And now it is our turn. We’ve built a great product and an even better…

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Crowdsourcing to fund studies

Crowdsourcing to fund studies

Credit Chris Parr, TimeHE, 7 August 2014 The story of a University of Oxford graduate who has crowdfunded her way to a master’s at the institution’s Wadham College has certainly divided opinion in the past few weeks. Emily-Rose Eastop, an “aspiring scientist, singer and hula-hoop dancer”, had been accepted to do the one-year course in cognitive and evolutionary anthropology but said she did not have enough money to meet the £11,250 in tuition fees, £2,765 in college fees and £11,343 living expenses she estimated she would need. So she took to crowdsourcing website Hubbub, where members of the public can attempt to raise cash for their projects, and…

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IdeasTap Launches Accelerator: Commission-Free Crowdfunding For Creative People

IdeasTap Launches Accelerator: Commission-Free Crowdfunding For Creative People

Clyde Smith | HypeBot | Aug 4, 2014 – IdeasTap is an “arts charity” or nonprofit based in London that supports young creatives with funding, networking tools and information. To further their mission they launched a commission-free crowdfunding platform with “Cash TopUp Funds” for outstanding projects. However Accelerator is for UK residents only and that’s unlikely to change given the UK focus of IdeasTap. According to the Accelerator launch announcement, Peter De Haan founded IdeasTap in 2008: “in response to the first of the arts funding cuts, to empower young creative people through opportunities, seed funding, arts jobs and career development.” This mix is evident on…

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Power to the people: How crowdfunding is changing the shape of business investment

Power to the people: How crowdfunding is changing the shape of business investment

Robert Gibson | TheJournal | Jul 22, 2014 – We explore the merits of a relatively new funding phenomenon that is taking the business world by storm. Imagine the sales pitch: a London cafe where city dwellers seeking relaxation could spend two hours in the company of cats, as well as caffeine, for £5 a go. Not exactly the traditional domain of the investor equipped with a keen eye for growth potential. But when Lauren Pears took her idea to the masses, they voted with their wallets and then some. Using crowdfunding – an open online platform that gives everyone the chance to donate – the…

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Dutch startup to crowdfund solar in the European market

Dutch startup to crowdfund solar in the European market

BY:  JONATHAN GIFFORD, he Amsterdam-based team is developing a platform that will offer virtual net metering, allowing investors to compare the production of their share of solar installations against their domestic electricity production.     Two young Dutch entrepreneurs are hoping to introduce the crowdfunding of solar PV installations to the continental European market. We Share Solar is part of the Rockstart Smart Energy Startups accelerator and hopes to launch its online crowdfunding portal next month. Matthias Olieman and Sven Pluut are the co-founders of We Share Solar (Zonne Panelen Delen) and they appear to be demonstrating the old adage that necessity is the mother of invention.…

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