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Latin American Crowdfunding Platform Idea.Me Hits $1 Million In Pledges

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Over $1 million has been raised via Latin American crowdfunding platform Idea.me since its launch 18 months ago, contributing to the success of 180 creative projects, the startup announced today. As you may remember, we recently listed Idea.me as one of the 10 Latin American startups to look out for in 2013. Its model is similar to Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but its focus on Latin America represented a challenge, due to the fact that the concept of crowdfunding is still fairly new in the region. This means Idea.me had to…

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Crowdfunding service SliceBiz wins Apps4Africa cash prize

The SliceBiz team were one of three projects to win $10,000 as part of the annual competition

A Ghanaian start-up planning to popularise crowdfunding in Africa has been selected as one of the winners of this year’s Apps4Africa competition. SliceBiz plans to develop a service that will deliver 30-second pitches recorded by entrepreneurs to potential backers over the phone. It says investors will then be able to transfer cash into the projects they like via their mobiles. The Apps4Africa scheme is funded by the US State Department and the World Bank, It gives awards of $10,000 (£6,500) to three selected projects with the possibility of top-up funds…

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New Investment Platform Shekra Supports Startups in Egypt

Investment Platform Shekra

New joint investment concept “Shekra” is drawn from the Arabic phrase “sherik fekra” in Arabic, which means “share an idea.” The platform was launched in Cairo last November by seven founders who come from backgrounds in technology, aviation, investment and banking, who have pooled their resources to support Egyptian startups. The platform works by asking its network of investors to offer small amounts of capital in order to fund a startup or a specific project, thus mitigating investment risk. Unlike other crowdfunding platforms like Yomken in Egypt, or crowdsourced investment…

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Crowd-funding with Chinese characteristics

La La Shou director Madam Zhang Lifang

A new platform launched by internet giant Tencent enables social enterprises in China to diversify their funding streams and reach vast audiencesAdam Pillsbury – Guardian When the Chinese social enterprise La La Shou decided to create a club and host an annual conference for its beneficiaries, it turned to a new crowd-funding platform launched by Chinese internet giant Tencent to raise the needed funds. La La Shou, which provides training, consulting and advocacy for disabled children, their parents and teachers in the city of Xi’an, applied to join the scheme…

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Crowdfunding gives city’s worthy causes a chance

Lai Jing-man, show jumper

Feel like bankrolling an independent movie? What about an artist who makes treasures out of trash? Perhaps you’d rather support one young woman’s dream of representing Hong Kong as an equestrian show jumper at the Asian Games. Hong Kong’s entrepreneurs and creative types have a new way of getting funding for their projects. The recently launched website FringeBacker has brought the growing trend of crowdfunding, where individuals decide to contribute money towards a project, to Hong Kong. “In the US, indie movies funded through crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter have…

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