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How To Get Random Strangers To Pick Up The Tab For Your Medical Bills

How To Get Random Strangers To Pick Up The Tab For Your Medical Bills

Crowdfunding websites are all the rage these days. Celebrities and entrepreneurs alike have turned to sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to finance their next big idea with micro-donations from the public. But we’re always intrigued to hear stories of people who have found ways to pay for more practical needs as well. Boston newlyweds Patrick and Jessica Kensky were among dozens of spectators injured during April’s tragic Boston marathon bombing. They were lucky to have survived the attack, but both sustained major leg injuries that required amputations just below the knee. They needed hundreds…

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UK Printed Electronics company, Novalia Limited, Kickstarts

UK Printed Electronics company, Novalia Limited, Kickstarts

UK Printed Electronics company, Novalia Limited are inviting small investors to be part of their story by backing their work through crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. The team have released a project to manufacture a poster, with printed smart-phone-like capacitive touch. The user simply touches the poster and hears the drums; it’s that simple. In return for their support, investors will receive a fully functional interactive poster from Novalia’s first, full scale production run. The project offers two different versions; the first connects via Bluetooth to an app running on an iPhone…

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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…

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Equals6 launches Crowdfunding for Education

Equals6 launches Crowdfunding for Education

Equals6 members can now create and promote their own scholarship campaigns via Equals6, the online community where students compete for scholarships, make valuable connections and discover exciting career possibilities. Halifax, NS, Canada, July 22, 2013 – Recognizing that many students today face serious financial roadblocks to education, Equals6 today launched a new crowdfunding service to help its members pay for school. Students can now create online scholarship campaigns at equals6.com that include contribution levels as low as $10 and rewards for campaign backers. Students can easily promote their campaigns through…

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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…

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