Tadhg is a recent Law and Humanities graduate from New Zealand who is currently sweating it out as a business consultant in Yangon, Myanmar. He is an avid traveller and skier, and happiest with his backpack on exploring new places and making new friends.

Crowdfunding The New Powerhouse For Renewable Energy

By Tadhg Walker

Powerhouse Wind, a Dunedin based company producing single blade wind turbines for domestic and small scale commercial use, want to take their product throughout New Zealand and the world. Having already developed and tested their patented idea, they need a boost of capital to increase production and hire staff to market their turbines to customers. More money is required, and, as with many start ups, banks were not supportive as their idea is too new and too innovative. Powerhouse Wind turned to the New Zealand crowdfunding site PledgeMe, in a fitting attempt to find alternative finance for their off the grid renewable energy. They are one of an increasing number of renewable energy companies that are turning to crowdfunding worldwide.

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Crowdfunding: Can it revitalize university research programmes?

 By Tadhg Walker

Crowdfunding continues to shake up the traditional way many projects are funded. Universities and academics, conventionally in the firm domain of state funding, are turning to crowdfunding websites to raise money for their research activities. There are successes emerging with this new source of funding, with many research projects securing the money they need to undertake their work.

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Nepal Earthquake Triggers Wave of Crowdfunding Relief

By Tadhg Walker

Following Nepal’s deadliest natural disaster in over 80 years crowdfunding websites have been quickly utilised to direct aid to those in need. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake ripped through the country, leaving ruin and enormous loss. The UN estimates that at least 8 million people are affected with the death toll currently sitting at over 7000 and rising.

Global coverage of the disaster has been immediate. Sixteen nations have already rushed search and rescue teams to Nepal to help with the devastation, while many other nations have teams waiting and are pledging tens of millions in donations. Many more people want to help but do not have the skills or capacity to travel directly to Nepal to participate. People are turning to crowdfunding websites as they are uniquely placed to get support and funds to where they are needed.

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