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Kickstarter Launches U.K. Projects

The popular crowdfunding site has its eye on international expansion, starting with a jump across the pond.

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Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter took its first international step, kicking off projects based in the United Kindgom on Wednesday, the BBC reports.

U.K. entrepreneurs had three weeks to set up projects beginning Oct. 10. Their projects will be featured alongside American-based ones, and not on a separate U.K. website, Kickstarter announced on its blog.

"The request to expand internationally has long been one of our most requested features," Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler told the BBC. "We're going to see how the U.K. launch goes and figure out the next moves from there.”

On Kickstarter, which has launched 75,807 projects (of which 31,685 have been successfully funded) to date, enterprising individuals pitch ideas ranging from gadgets to services. Interested backers make pledges, or donations, to bring the product to life.

Like it does for projects based in the U.S., Kickstarter will charge a 5% fee to successful projects in the U.K. and no fee to unsuccessful ones. The only difference: U.K. project backers will enter payment information directly on the platform's website rather than through Amazon Payments, the blog adds.

British projects dominated Kickstarter’s Recently Launched page on Wednesday morning, according to Forbes. Several, like photography book Broken Things with its 21 backers, have already received pledges for donations. Kickstarter isn't the only crowdfunding platform across the pond. Forbes notes that Indiegogo and PleaseFund.Us already faclilitate funding for U.K. projects. 

 

IMAGE: Flickr/Scott Beale / Laughing Squid
Last updated: Oct 31, 2012




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