Social Entrepreneurs

Canada’s We Live Up Here group, Crowdfunds Sudbury photography project

Canada’s We Live Up Here group, Crowdfunds Sudbury photography project

What started as a project to explore Sudbury through photography has expanded its scope to a larger canvas. We Live Up Here, the project that released a book of the same name last year that featured photos from around Sudbury, has started an online crowdfunding campaign to fund three murals that will celebrate different aspects of Sudbury’s culture. The project’s founders, Christian Pelletier and Andrew Knapp, want to raise $5,000 to pay for the materials and labour required to create the three murals. To encourage people to donate they have created a few incentives. People who donate $25 to the project will receive the the next…

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Healthcare crowdfunding startup Watsi raises $1.2 million

Healthcare crowdfunding startup Watsi raises $1.2 million

A group of influential investors has backed Y Combinator’s first nonprofit graduate, Watsi, which applies crowdfunding to financing health care in third world countries. I wrote about the company when it was accepted into Y Combinator back in January. It was founded by three former Peace Corps volunteers — Chase Adam,Mark Murrin and Howard Glenn — and a tech consultant, Jesse Cooke. This week’s $1.2 million funding came from a large group of 16 investors, including Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, angel investor Ron Conway and venture investor Vinod Khosla. San Francisco-based Watsi helps the world’s poor pay medical bills through small donations. Donors choose who they want to support after seeing profiles on Watsi’s site and get…

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MoolaHoop launches CF Platform dedicated to Women Entrepreneurs

MoolaHoop launches CF Platform dedicated to Women Entrepreneurs

Signature Launch Project Highlights BlueAvocado and Open Arms Commitment to ‘Made in the USA’ by Women War Survivors SAN FRANCISCO, CA and AUSTIN, TX (July 24, 2013) – Launching today, MoolaHoop is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform designed to help women-owned businesses achieve financial success. Created by women to help women leverage the increasing power of crowdfunding to start, build or grow their business, MoolaHoop enables female business entrepreneurs, owners and managers to garner financial support for their idea or project by leveraging their social networks. MoolaHoop’s launch features the BlueAvocado and Open Arms campaign to fund the creation of an eco-collection of Made in the USA reusable totes manufactured by women war…

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Why Kickstarter and crowdfunding can’t replace traditional investors

Why Kickstarter and crowdfunding can’t replace traditional investors

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Aaron Pitman, an angel investor and founder and partner of RA Domain Capital. If you’ve ever been to a big, rowdy concert, you’ve probably witnessed the phenomenon of crowdsurfing. This happens when a musician or fan takes a leap of faith from stage, knowing the crowd will carry them to safety. Using crowdfunding for your startup venture is much like crowdsurfing a rock concert — and also carries the same hazards that, at any moment, someone might drop you to the ground. Still, Kickstarter success stories seem to be everywhere. The late, great teen detective television drama Veronica Mars broke all manner…

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MoolaHoop launches CF Platform dedicated to Women Entrepreneurs

MoolaHoop launches CF Platform dedicated to Women Entrepreneurs

Signature Launch Project Highlights BlueAvocado and Open Arms Commitment to ‘Made in the USA’ by Women War Survivors SAN FRANCISCO, CA and AUSTIN, TX (July 24, 2013) – Launching today, MoolaHoop is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform designed to help women-owned businesses achieve financial success. Created by women to help women leverage the increasing power of crowdfunding to start, build or grow their business, MoolaHoop enables female business entrepreneurs, owners and managers to garner financial support for their idea or project by leveraging their social networks. MoolaHoop’s launch features the BlueAvocado and Open Arms campaign to fund the creation of an eco-collection of Made in the USA reusable totes manufactured by women war…

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