Crowdfunder UK is making an exciting incursion into Canada, bringing its team of industry experts and famous ‘Accelerator’ programme across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.
The UK’s biggest crowdfunding platform will be launching Crowdfund Canada, a localised new platform with funds to support new projects making an impact in British Columbia.
The company has enjoyed a period of rapid growth in the past 18 months, raising more than £75 million ($130 million) for tens of thousands start-ups, social enterprises, community groups, politicians and activist groups in the UK since its launch in 2011.
The expansion will be led by Founder and Creative Director Simon Deverell.
“Our move into Canada marks a milestone moment for Crowdfunder as we introduce our world-class product to new audiences,” said Simon.
“Within a few years we’ve grown from a start-up into a thriving business and the demand for our services is accelerating all the time,” he added.
“As in the UK, we will be working with projects that Kickstarter and Indiegogo are not, with a greater focus on community, social enterprise, political and activism projects, as well as businesses and personal causes.”
Crowdfunder UK has pioneered the use of collaborative crowdfunding in mass engagement programmes alongside the likes of Virgin, RBS Group, Santander and Aviva. They also work in the UK with more than 40 local authorities to channel essential public funding into community groups who need it most.
The platform has also developed a groundbreaking ‘staff giving’ programme, enabling big businesses to distribute CSR budgets through their workforce into community groups on Crowdfunder.
“We welcome the opportunity to forge new partnerships with big brands and grant givers to engage thousands of individuals and organisations at the very start of their journeys,” said Deverell.
“The growth in our work with big brands is soaring and the impact that is having at a local level is significant.”
Crowdfund Beautiful British Columbia
To mark the move, Crowdfund Canada will pledge $100 to the first 20 crowdfunding projects based in British Columbia, looking to raise more than $2,000 to make a difference in their community.
The campaign that attracts the most supporters through the new platform will also receive an additional $2,000 contribution to their cause.
It’s simple to apply to the competition, called Crowdfund Beautiful British Columbia.
Crowdfunder is encouraging anyone who thinks their idea or project may be eligible to simply explain so in under 100 words.