Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites for Entrepreneurs

Jun 21, 2011

Here is Our Top 10 List of Crowdfunding Sites for Entrepreneurs:

With seed money hard to come by these days, most Entrepreneurs are making full use of new resources available to them: crowdfunding websites.  Most of us are well aware what exactly crowdfunding is, but just in case you haven’t heard of it…crowdfunding is basically a community that funds ideas, dreams, and projects.

1. WeFunder

A crowdfunding site for startups.

We’re all waiting to see which crowdfunding site is going to pull in the most investors since the law has passed.  With more than $12,000,000 already committed in their beta, WeFunder might just take the lead and win hands down.

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2. Startup Addict

Crowdfunding for….well…startup addicts.

The Startup Addict crowdfunding website still appears to be fairly new, but unlike the others we’ve seen…it doesn’t have a particular niche focus other than helping Entrepreneurs get their business launched.  This could be good, depending if you don’t fit into the “niche” categories other crowdfunding websites are aiming towards, like “creative projects” or “inventors”.

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3. Believers Fund

Crowdfunding Website for New Mobile Apps

I personally know Believers Fund’s founder, so this is a favorite of mine.  They’ve narrowed down into the niche of crowdfunding new mobile apps, and have strong partners behind them like Microsoft BizSpark.  Believer’s Fund also seems to have a much healthier following of “believers” (ie: funders) compared to other crowdfunding websites.

 

 

4. Rockethub

A leading Crowdfunding Website for Creative Projects.

Rockethub has definitely gotten a large following from a lot of media exposure.  Because of that, there’s a lot of activity happening over there…and hey, there’s actually funders!

 

 

 

5. Quirky

A Crowdfunding Website for Inventors

Quirky really fits it’s name, it’s a new crowdfunding website for the quirky types: inventors (ie: engineer types).  It will be interesting to see what these inventors actually do with the product after they’re inventions are built.  Maybe I’ll follow one for a while and find out.

 

 

6. New Jelly

A Crowdfunding website for Artists.

New Jelly’s crowdfunding website focuses on helping artists and films get up off the ground.  An industry that’s suffering more and more everyday, I’m glad to see someone like New Jelly reach out to them.

 

 

 

 

7. CoFolio

A Crowdfunding Website to Help Fund Local Small Businesses.

This one seems to be new, so it may be a little while before we see it really take off.  None the less, I love what they’re doing.  It’s all about keeping things local here, and helping the small businesses.

Still wonder how this crowdfunding website will succeed though, since the majority of angel investors still try to follow in the VC’s footsteps.  What’s wrong with having a portfolio of small local businesses, like restaurants?

 

 

8. Kick Starter

A Crowdfunding Website for Creative Projects

Kickstarter holds the lead as the world’s largest crowdfunding website for creative projects…including: artists, journalists, inventors, and film makers.  A quick review of the front page explores crowdfunding projects for a comic film, a museum, and a documentary.

 

 

 

9. Start Some Good

A Crowdfunding Website for Social Entrepreneurs

Start Some Good is a new crowdfunding website for social good initiatives to raise funds through a community of supporters.  There are many non-profit Entrepreneurs here, but also for-profit socially responsible Entrepreneurs.

 

 

 

 

10. Peerbackers

A Crowdfunding Website for Entrepreneurs and their Dreams.

Peerbackers seems to be doing pretty well, and has a lot of ideas close to their funding goal.  It also leverages social media to help you fund raise through peers, as well as strangers.  Nice, clean interface.

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Know of some great crowdfunding websites for Entrepreneurs that aren’t on our list?  Just leave them below in the comments…

Oops!  Wait there’s more…

These two crowdfunding websites were left on our Facebook page:

Eppela

Eppela is a new crowdfunding website out of Italy.  I’m glad to see support for Entrepreneurs being gathered other there in Italy as well (I’ve got 2 Italian co-founders on my team!).  This crowdfunding website supports social projects, art & entertainment, as well as lifestyle & technology businesses.

Indie Go Go

I don’t know how in the world we forgot Indie Go Go…the world’s largest and earliest (founded in 2008) crowdfunding website.  They have helped to raise millions of dollars for over 30,000 campaigns, across 194 countries.

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  • BrianK1951

    I want to start a dog training business. I tried a site that relies on social media. Unfortunately my social media “friends” are pretty much in the same boat as me financially…so I wasn’t able to raise the funds I needed. I only got $20.00 from my sister and $20.00 from my niece.

    • http://www.plantostart.com Amanda Frazier

      Yeah…that’s the hard part about crowdfunding. It’s just a platform mostly. You have to kinda “bring your own network”.

      I’ve seen others play some tricks like funding themselves half-way (for example, via credit card) just to make it on the front page or to draw attention from outside of their own network. Then the “crowd” carries the campaign the rest of the way. People are funny like that – they only fund what they perceive everyone else is funding…

      Oops, did I just say that outloud? Silly me.

  • Renbodies

    Indiegogo has left me in the lurch. They don’t support Vimeo videos, even though they say they do. My Vimeo video is choppy and there seems to be nothing I can do about it. The help desk basically said “I dunno” to my request for help. They do well with YouTube, but now YT has teamed with fraudster IODA to lay claim to creative property they do not own. This got my video blocked there. So now I’ve got to find another platform. Pfft.

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  • Brandon Reed

    You should really read “The innovators Dilemma” by Clayton Christensen. It can offer some insights as to why those with more capital, especially large corporations, are not as likely to just copy an idea.

    Something to also consider is that everyday it is becoming cheaper to create/replicate both software and hardware. Cloud platforms such as Salesforce.com and Google Apps for Business make it very inexpensive to build a website that can scale efficiently. 3D Printers are making it quite inexpensive to prototype physical innovations. Computer chips are becoming cheaper everyday to produce. The point of this is that patents are becoming much less important. Being nimble and able to pivot your service offering in response to market demands is actually much more valuable. You only should patent innovations which require large sums of money, time, and other resources to produce/invent, such as prescription drugs. Patents are also worthless unless you have the resources to defend them. With legal work becoming very expensive it is less profitable to pursue the patent route.

  • BrianK1951

    How much marketing research have you done? Research your market, and your competition. Hospitals also provide visiting nurse/phlebotomists for out patients.

    Does a local lab provide this service? What about nurses/phlebotomists who work for a doctor? What about visiting nurse/phlebotomist services? What about LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics and other large nationwide lab chains?

    The USA Small Business Association has satellite Small Business Development Centers (mostly located on college campuses) that can give you free advice on business development, setting up a business entity, marketing, how to get an SBA guaranteed loan, where to find grants basic bookkeeping and more.

    Even though I had help writing up a business plan, I decided not to go the SBA loan route. Starting up a dog training business takes time because most of my business will come from word of mouth and vet referrals. I may not have sufficient funds to make monthly payments right away. So I am trying the crowd funding route.

  • Guest

    Kickstarter is for Artists AND PEOPLE IN THE PERFORMING ARTS. There are other sites for

  • BrianK1951

    Kickstarter IS FOR ARTISTS AND PEOPLE IN THE PERFORMING ARTS. The only inventors they’ve allowed to make a campaign were inventors of tangible things and very very few techie kinds of things. There are other more appropriate sites for APP developers. Have you looked into Believers Fund? The review on this page says it’s specifically for APP developers.

    Didn’t you take the time, Brivvy, to look at successful campaigns? They’re all by film makers, dancers forming dance troupes, singers, song writers, people forming theater groups, and so called hippie artists. That’s who Kickstarter is for.

    Next time read through the part that says who the crowd funding site is for, and review the most successful campaigns before you waste time filling out forms and making amazon payments.

    I am starting a dog training business and I’ve read the review and the sites about us web page. I know it’s not for me.