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Crowdfunding Predictions for 2013

2012 was quite a year for the crowdfunding industry. In April, President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law, which will open up equity-based crowdfunding for unaccredited investors. In May, the Pebble E-Paper Watch set a crowdfunding record and gained national media headlines, raising over $10 million on donation-based crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Research firm Massolution estimates the crowdfunding industry (equity + donation + lending +reward crowdfunding) will grow from $1.5 billion in 2011 to $2.8 billion in 2012.

December 13, 2012 ·

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Website names tied to crowdfunding spike: NASAA

A spike in website names related to crowdfunding suggests an upcoming wave of websites through which small businesses and entrepreneurs could raise investments using the online strategy, state securities regulators said on Wednesday.

December 6, 2012 ·

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4 Crowdfunding Mistakes for Social Entrepreneurs to Avoid

A few weeks ago, I ran into an entrepreneur who said, “I tried raising money on [a crowdfunding platform] but it didn’t work.” I’m sure he’s not the only one who’s had that experience. Crowdfunding isn’t a magic well of money.  It’s just a new way to raise it. Recently, I’ve connected with a number of successful ... Read More »

December 6, 2012 ·

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SCREW THE CRITICS: FIVE REASONS CROWDFUNDING WORKS

On October 9, a Taliban-affiliated terrorist boarded a school bus in rural Pakistan and gunned down three schoolgirls, including 15 year-old women’s activist Malala Yousufzai. Miraculously, all three girls survived, but Malala sustained grave injuries and remains in critical condition.

December 6, 2012 ·

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Navigating The Sea Of Crowdfunding: How To Pick The Right Platform For Your Brand

Choosing the right crowdfunding platform for your business or project can be an overwhelming process. At face value, many of the popular sites can look identical, and the numerous factors involved can turn this into a complicated decision. The first step in choosing a crowdfunding platform is to ensure that you have a solid idea that will appeal to the crowdfunding model.

November 15, 2012 ·

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Why Entrepreneurship and Crowdfund Investing Go Hand-in-Hand in Recognition of Global Entrepreneurship Week

This week, countries all over the world are celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, honoring those innovative small business owners who historically have created 65 percent of net new jobs in the U.S, according to the Small Business Association (SBA).

November 15, 2012 ·

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Featured Project: Robotic Hand Rehabilitation Device with 2 DOF

The HERRI hand rehabilitation system, developed at the Biomedical Mechatronics lab at Northeastern University, is composed of a 2-DoF robotic interface, virtual environment, practitioner’s graphical user interface (GUI), and the auxiliary control hardware/software. The patient manipulates the robotic hand interface just like a joystick to navigate in a virtual environment (i.e. maze game) while the robot applies force fields to the patient’s hand. The device is intended to aid motor recovery in post-stroke patients through repetitive and coordinated motions for task specific exercises.

August 23, 2012 ·

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iAMScientist Looks to Crowdfunding to Support Scientific Research. Here’s Why You Should Care

Ask any scientist in the university system what they spend most of their time doing, and the answer may surprise and disappoint you. Generally speaking, it’s not science. It’s not even grading papers or overseeing students to nurture a new generation of researchers and innovators. Filling out grant paperwork is the single activity that dominates the days of all too many researchers and academics.

August 14, 2012 ·

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Moving Academic Research Out of the Ivory Tower & Into the Crowd

Thanks to popular sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, crowdfunding is now commonplace. They’re the platforms musicians turn to, to release their first CD, or where local alumni pray to break their initial $18,000 fundraising goal in just 25 hours. Although started for today’s creatives, however, crowdfunding’s begun to to take a turn for the educational. Because if you can crowdfund art, why not crowdfund academic research?

August 1, 2012 ·

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iAMscientist launches site to fund research

A startup aimed at supporting early-stage research, iAMscientist launched its website Tuesday aiming to offer not only a source of donations for scientists, but a community of peers to provide advice and career development.

August 1, 2012 ·

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