15 of the hottest crowdfunding sites out there

Max Nisen, Business Insider | Nov 3, 2012 7:00 AM ET

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Everybody knows about Kickstarter. That’s just the start. These platforms have gone global, and are giving the opportunity to participate in and change projects, rather than just fund them.

It’s part of a new movement that trendwatching.com’s latest report calls ‘Presuming.’

Joining a community, finding great stories, and following a product all the way through to its production allows a consumer experience long before the product ships.

Crowdcube

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Crowdcube takes a slightly different tack than those following the Kickstarter model — it was “the world’s first equity crowdfunding platform.” Investors, rather than getting rewards or access to creators, actually get equity in the small businesses they support.

Source: trendwatching.com

Indiegogo

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Originally focused on film, Indiegogo now funds a variety of creative projects. Unlike other platforms, projects are not vetted, the money goes directly to creators, and if the target isn’t reached, it’s up to them to provide refunds.

Source: trendwatching.com

Lucky Ant

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Lucky Ant is an attempt to get people to support projects in their own neighborhoods. It focuses one local business a week for consumers to support.They pledge money in return for rewards or VIP access.

Source: trendwatching.com

DemoHour

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Crowdfunding has even reached China. DemoHour, based in Beijing, has been in operation since may of 2011 and has seen 70 projects hit their funding targets.

Source: trendwatching.com

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