Kat Jenkins is a passionate backer of crowdfunding projects, turned educator for the crowdfunding sector. She is the founder of Multitude, a company dedicated to helping everyone access best-practice information on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign on any platform.

Telecom NZ changes its name, launches Spark My Potential crowdfunding initiative

 

By Kat Jenkins (with Crowdfundvibe staff writer)
from Multitude

On Friday 8 August Telecom New Zealand changed its name to Spark New Zealand. At the same time the renamed Spark Foundation announced the launch of a flagship new crowdfunding initiative, Spark My Potential.

The new platform is a zero fees, pledge-based website where selected candidates are able to access expert crowdfunding coaching, opportunities for increased public profile, and – in some cases – matched funding from Spark. It’s an extension of hugely successful online fundraising platform givealittle, which the Spark Foundation purchased in 2012.

As Spark NZ CEO, Simon Moulter, effuses, givealittle is changing the way New Zealanders fundraise. Since 2012, donations on the site have grown to more than a million dollars a month and we’ve just celebrated our biggest month ever in July. We want to build on this incredible platform and do more to help New Zealanders realise their dreams and achieve their goals.”

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Oh the Pozibilities in China!

By Kat Jenkins
from Multitude

Crowdfunding is all about innovation. Innovative products are the ones that capture our imagination and make something like the Oculus Rift possible. Crowdfunding as an activity was an innovation borne out of the 2008 financial crisis. The whole thing is like a marketplace where good innovations are voted in, and bad innovations are voted out.

One crowdfunding platform in particular definitely earns the crown as the most innovative by far. While Kickstarter is spending time planning parties and adding a category dedicated to bacon, another platform has expanded into the world’s Manufacturing Mecca. And it seems to be doing very well in a country which countless other tech giants have failed to crack.

That platform is Pozible.

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A tale of two platforms: Equity crowdfunding in Australia & New Zealand

By Kat Jenkins
from Multitude

The last 12 months has seen a steady stream of equity crowdfunding laws and platforms released globally. The UK and Europe are already home to CrowdCube and Seedrs. And the JOBS Act in America is opening the floodgates there as well. In New Zealand, equity crowdfunding will become possible due to a law change coming into effect on April 1, 2014. Australia has also recently begun work on their crowdfunding legislation.

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With all this activity going on, I sent through some questions to two new players: Fundakiwi, from New Zealand, and Squareknot, from Australia to see what they were up to, and what they thought the future looked like.

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