Canada Crowdfunding

Want an Ad-Free Internet Experience? Pay for it

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

While you're reading this blog post, Google is conducting an experiment that could revolutionize the online advertisement business. This small experiment is called Contributor. It works by asking people for $1, $2 or $3 contributions to their website of choice in exchange for being able to read content without annoying advertisements.

Entrepreneurs Have A Vital Role In Food Security

Ryan Spong | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ryan Spong

In these heady days of waste reduction and sustainable food production, food recovery tackles our most bourgeois societal needs for perfect looking produce. For decades, North Americans have been turning their noses up at apple wormholes and rusty romaine lettuce, and produce retailers have caught on.

Should Couples Be Allowed to Crowdfund Their Adoption?

Heather Magee | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Heather Magee

While crowdfunding sites were created to give the underdog a chance and essentially foster free enterprise where start-ups are concerned, it never occurred to me to use these platforms as an opportunity to raise funds for personal pursuits. Especially something as personal as adopting a baby. But does that make it wrong, unethical or crass, even? What do you think? If you had a friend or family member crowdfunding an adoption, would you contribute?

On November 11, Remember the Acts of Valour By Everyday Heroes

Global Shapers Community Ottawa | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Global Shapers Community Ottawa

Moving forward, we must never forget that we have the power to keep the peace, with every act, however great or small, and to shape Ottawa -- and the rest of the world -- now and for future generations.

Why I'm Crowdfunding To Write A Book About Alternatives To Tar Sands Pipelines

Ben West | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

Frankly I think it's at least partially our fault as an environmental movement that this framing has stuck. We haven't focused enough on specific solutions over the years. We have opposed bad ideas like pipelines with vague notions of carbon taxes or non-specific alternative energy projects. We have rarely proposed or even broadly supported specific alternative projects.

12 Steps to Creating a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Anne Day | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Business
Anne Day

There is a buzz these days about crowdfunding and how it is a great tool to raise money for your project, your business or even your trip. But what is not said, is this isn't easy money. Here are some pointers that I hope will help others succeed.

Is It Time For Independent Crowd-Funded Media Outlets?

Toula Drimonis | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada
Toula Drimonis

It's an ambitious goal, and the amount they are hoping to raise through crowd-funding is $75,000 (no small amount), but Ricochet has assembled a strong team of journalists (which they intend to pay fairly) and initially only having the editors volunteer their time and expertise, thus hoping to gain people's support and financial commitment.

Federal Arts Funding Should Take a Page From Kickstarter's Book

Peter McCaffrey | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Peter McCaffrey

In just a few short years, relatively simple technology that enables people to find like-minded individuals with similar tastes in artwork, has eclipsed and then surpassed a 50 year old institution of government. Hopefully, governments will learn the lessons of other industries and choose to embrace this technological advancement for what it is -- the democratization of art

Protect Ya Neck: The Real Price Of Crowdfunding

Mike Sholars | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Business
Mike Sholars

2014-02-12-its_all_geek_to_me.png I love crowdfunding, because it's like watching money have a wrestling match with ideas. It's capitalism in microcosm. It's important to not lose sight of the lesson here: Crowdfunding websites are not responsible for anything that happens once you've contributed. You are leaving your money on the table, walking away, and hoping for the best.

Equity Crowdfunding Upfront Costs : No Laughing Matter

Diana Yazidjian | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada
Diana Yazidjian

Adoption of Equity Crowdfunding for ordinary investors may come sooner than we think; first in the U.S. and not far behind, Quebec and Ontario. We thought the time was well-chosen to outline the costs a Canadian company may incur given the possible regulatory framework that will come into force.

Why the Best Way to Raise Money is Not To Ask For It

Jeremy LaLonde | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Jeremy LaLonde

Everyone hates being asked for money, so don't. Crowd funding is not selling a product (your film is, in fact, a product); it's inviting someone to be part of an exclusive experience they can't get any other way. And your perks must reflect that -- make them limited edition items and experiences that disappear once the campaign does.

LOOK: 12 Coolest, Craziest Canadian Kickstarter Projects

The Huffington Post Canada | Mike Sholars | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website that has served as a platform for thousands of projects to date, just celebrated three months of operation in Ca...

Canadian Start Up Takes Aim At Medical Debt

John F. Gray | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

If being sick doesn't kill you, the medical bills might. Imagine getting better and being bankrupted for it. Facing the prospect of financially devastating medical bills is a reality many Americans know isn't going away. But a newly announced partnership between B.C. startup FundRazr and leading US provider of healthcare information Healthline.com may just save them from financial ruin.

Equity Crowdfunding and Transparency Go Hand in Hand

Diana Yazidjian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Diana Yazidjian

Whether the business is seeking donations or shares, the principle of transparency remains. You must put yourself in the client's shoes, i.e. the potential investors. What would they want to know about your company that will allow them to make a decision? Human beings have to take the responsibility of the decisions they make.

World's Largest Crowdfunding Platform Now In Canada

CP | Ethan Lou, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Canadian entrepreneurs seeking financial support got a boost Monday as the world's largest online crowdfunding platform officially moved nor...

Why Canadians Are Turning To Crowdfunding

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Impact

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...

Going Hungry in a Land of Plenty

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

Give 30 is an initiative established in 2012, tapping into Ramadan's lessons on social solidarity, to mobilize everyone -- regardless of faith or background -- to address the challenges of hunger in our society. Hunger in Canada is not an issue of food scarcity. Rather, it is directly related to income sufficiency and security.

We Were Wrong

Kickstarter | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada
Kickstarter

On Wednesday morning Kickstarter was sent a blog post quoting disturbing material found online. The offensive material was part of a draft for a "seduction guide" that someone was using Kickstarter to publish. The posts offended a lot of people -- us included -- and many asked us to cancel the creator's project. We didn't. We were wrong.

Sunny Freeman

Whatever Happened To The Rob Ford Crackstarter?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Business

Gawker’s attempt to raise money to pay drug dealers for an infamous alleged video of Toronto’s mayor smoking crack cocaine raised no legal or ethi...

The Campaign Kickstarter Shouldn't Be Funding

L. Jim Thomas | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Impact
L. Jim Thomas

There is less than a day to go before the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com hands hundreds of thousands of dollars to a controversial project for the widespread and unregulated distribution of over half a million extreme-bioengineered seeds. In my view Kickstarter could still do the right thing and refuse to fund this risky release.

Sunny Freeman

Now Rob Ford Is Ruining Crowdfunding, Too?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Business

Gerard Adderley donated $25 to an online campaign that aims to raise $200,000 for enterprising drug dealers because he believes the public deserves to...

The Next Big Thing in Funding Innovation

Steven Uster | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Business
Steven Uster

While it took a few years after the financial crisis for financial services start-ups to get their business models refined to the point where they can come to market they are here now, and these alternative financial services technology companies are becoming viable and increasingly common sources of financing for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

One Million Moms for Gun Control Gets Vital Help From Vancouver Company

John F. Gray | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

One Million Moms for Gun Control was created in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and helping them raise crucial funds is a Vancouver innovation. The word is spreading quickly, and not surprisingly social media playing a key role in raising awareness. Awareness is good, but funding is vital sustenance.

How Crowdfunding Could Save a Classroom

Danijel Margetic | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Impact
Danijel Margetic

MyClassNeeds.ca, Canada's newest crowdfunding platform, aimed specifically at K-12 classrooms, launched their beta test last week. Since putting out the word about the launch in late fall, applications have been pouring in from teachers across the country. Some of the resources (field trips, technology, or simply, good reading materials), can make the difference between retaining and losing students' interest in the classroom.

How the LGBT Community Gets Down to Business

Edward Jackson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Impact
Edward Jackson

Living while being gay still gets you killed in many parts of the world. Pulsing with hate, powered by bigotry, mobs have brutally attacked and killed fellow citizens solely because the sexual orientation of their victims differed from that of the majority. In hostile settings it makes sense for minority groups to join together in common businesses, networks and programs. There is some safety in numbers. There is also economic leverage.