Crowdfunding Emerging Markets

By Tadhg Walker

Crowdfunding has moved into the developing world, helping growth and the expansion of new businesses at an ever increasing rate. Technological knowledge and awareness are on the rise, opening up the developing world to new entrepreneurial opportunities. Crowdfunding platforms are beginning to help direct funds to these entrepreneurs to help build valuable infrastructure and stimulate economic growth.

Platforms, such as Homestrings, began as a vehicle to for African diaspora investors to make a difference back home. Eric Guichard, Homestrings CEO, has found strong support for Homestrings from diaspora and non-diaspora investors alike, due to what he calls a paradigm shift.  Homestrings provides opportunities previously only available to institutional investors, offering projects, funds, bonds or public-private partnerships, for regions investors have come from, or care deeply about.

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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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