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Even crowdfunding can’t save this family farm

Even crowdfunding can’t save this family farm

“There’s three things that I wanted out of life,” says David Best as he stood in the machine shed behind his house in Tryon, Prince Edward Island. “Plenty of friends, average health and to be able to pay my bills on time.” The bill-paying — the mortgage — is the problem. This summer, the Bests launched a crowdfunding campaign in a last ditch effort to save the family farm, the last family-owned potato farm in their district. Also this year, for the first time in decades, the Bests grew no…

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The Kickstarter Culture Wars

The Kickstarter Culture Wars

Plans to grow genetically modified plants ignited a firestorm at Kickstarter. They shouldn’t have Whether lit by Fairies in a children’s book or special-effects magic in Avatar, the sight of plants glowing in the dark has a special charm. We respond to lighted plants with wonder and joy. So it’s not surprising that a plan to produce glow-in-the-dark plants proved wildly popular on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website. In 44 days, the project raised more than $484,000–more than seven times the goal of $65,000–from 8,433 donors. Using genes from bioluminescent bacteria…

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Crowdfund campaigns catch on in Canada

Crowdfund campaigns catch on in Canada

Crippled by mounting financial debt, father and son duo David and Brian Best had few options left to save the potato farm their family has operated in Tryon, P.E.I., since the early 1930s. It was a customer who dropped in to Best Acre Farms to buy seed potatoes that sparked the family’s current bid to save their livelihood – crowdfunding. “I told him I was pulling strings to find out how I can source money, and he said, ‘Well, you might try crowdfunding’,” said Brian Best. Best did just that,…

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Is Crowdfunding The Future For Biomedical Research?

Is Crowdfunding The Future For Biomedical Research?

Microryza.com (not the catchiest of names) is a crowdfunding platform for research that raises money over the Internet from individuals who are willing to donate small amounts to fund a specific project. The average donation according to Microryza is $92. In return for a 5 percent cut of funds raised and a 3 percent credit card processing fee, Microryza provides researchers access to a website where they can solicit money from the public to fund their research. Crowdfunding is typically an all-or-nothing deal, where donors only have to pay their…

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Crowdfunding For Environmental Change

Crowdfunding For Environmental Change

Crowdfunding is a tool for sustainable innovation and community building that could end up making our neighborhoods safer, our country cleaner, and our democracy more vibrant. Maybe there’s an unsightly vacant lot in your neighborhood that needs cleaning up. Or maybe Hurricane Sandy or an ExxonMobil oil spill devastated your community. Whereas residents previously had to rely on the government to lend a hand or pick up their own rusty shovel, they are now granted another promising option: crowdfunding it back to health. Crowdsourcing capital doesn’t just bring to market…

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Canada’s CrowdFunding News

CBC.caSask. ridesharing website aims to fill gap left by STC shutdownCBC.caA Yorkton, Sask., web developer has created a ridesharing website to help facilitate travel when the Saskatchewan Transportation Company stops running [...]

Los Angeles TimesCrowdfunding for medical expenses is rising — when it should be eradicatedLos Angeles TimesNot all crowdfunding needs could be eradicated by universal healthcare. Even Canada, which has a well-developed singl [...]

CBC.caWhat data on Kickstarter projects in Kitchener-Waterloo revealsCBC.ca... crowd-funding campaigns fall into either the design or games categories, a new CBC data analysis project shows. CBC reporter Roberto Rocha crunche [...]

What 10000 Kickstarter projects reveal about Canada's entrepreneursCBC.caThe CBC looked at six years of Kickstarter projects with data provided by Web Robots and HiveWire, two firms that track crowdfunding sites. Only Ki [...]

CBC.caWhat 10,000 Kickstarter projects reveal about Canada's ... - CBCCBC.caCrowdfunding sites have changed how creative entrepreneurs fund their passions. Here's what we found in the largest analysis of Canadian Ki [...]

Whistler QuestionCrowdfunding set up for local injured in VietnamWhistler QuestionUpon hearing the news of Christensen's injuries and the cost of getting her back to Canada, her friend Bretlyne Friday knew she wanted to [...]

ETCanada.comNeil Patrick Harris Backs Museum Crowdfunding Campaign For 'Muppets' ExhibitETCanada.comA New York City museum is asking fans of Jim Henson's “Muppets” to help pay for an exhibition featuring origin [...]

Canada NewsWire (press release)Fineqia Partners with JOI Media's Katipult for Technology PlatformCanada NewsWire (press release)Fineqia will use JOI's proprietary crowdfunding software product Katipult, named as one [...]

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