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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Funding Tree: Harnessing the true power of crowdfunding

By Crowdfund Vibe Editor

The United Kingdom is acknowledged as a world leader in crowdfunding. In addition to its well known websites – many of whose founders have visited Asia & the Pacific – there are some newer platforms bringing further innovation to their vibrant sector. In this article we interview CEO & co-founder of Funding Tree, Dillen Iyavoo.

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