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Crowdfunding of academic research catching on.

Crowdfunding of academic research catching on.

CrowdFunding Beat PR News : CrowdFunding for academic research is catching on, according to a blog post at Scientific American.  Individuals, as well as a growing number of universities, are turning to the masses for funding as government funding dwindles, writes recent UW-Madison graduate Alexandra Branscombe. The option is particularly helpful for new researchers without track records to attract potential funders.  Crowdfunding is often launched on one of a growing number of websites designed specifically to finance scientific research, like Petridish or Microryza. Other researchers use more general crowdfunding sites like Rockethub or Launcht. Georgia Institute of Technology launched its own crowdfunding site this month, Georgia…

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4 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know About the JOBS Act

4 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know About the JOBS Act

For many young entrepreneurs, landing startup funding is next to impossible. Banks won’t generally look at you unless you have two years of financials, and investors want to see serious traction before they’ll sign on. So what’s a young trep to do? Enter, crowdfunding. Traditionally, donation based platforms like Kickstarter allow entrepreneurs to appeal to people at large for the capital necessary to start a project or product. In return, funders often receive tangible rewards like a T-shirt, product sample or VIP status. That model is set to change, however. Last year, the Jumpstart Our Business…

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A new plea from professors: Buy my idea

A new plea from professors: Buy my idea

Shawn Graham is used to pleading the case for his work. A professor in the history department at Carleton University, he spends ample time competing for research grants, filling out forms and relying on rhetorical skills he honed as a grad student. But for his latest project – setting up research fellowships in digital research for his students – he is bypassing the usual expert panels that hold the purse strings and taking his pitch directly to the public via crowdfunding. “The traditional route has one pot of money that every academic chases. But everybody has…

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Crowd-funding as a new school fundraising tool

Crowd-funding as a new school fundraising tool

There’s a new way for schools to raise money for major projects without having to turn to the same over-used funding source: parents. It’s called Uruut, an online crowd-funding firm. “Uruut is an online platform for groups to post projects in the community,” said Mark Feinberg, founder of Uruut. “It could be money from individuals, it could be businesses it could be foundations, all coming together to work to support the community. Feinberg created Uruut to help non-profits connect with individuals, businesses and foundations who pitch-in whatever they can to help reach a common fund-raising goal.…

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Crowd Funding College: Gradsave Hopes To Help ‘Paralyzed’ Parents With Savings

Crowd Funding College: Gradsave Hopes To Help ‘Paralyzed’ Parents With Savings

Marcos Cordero became an entrepreneur in 2012–right around the time he became an uncle. He wanted to give a meaningful baptism gift but found nothing that could actually make an impact on his niece’s life. “In thinking through what could be considered ‘meaningful,’” Cordero says, “I couldn’t get away from the idea of education. Thus the idea of Gradsave came to be.” Miami-based Gradsave is, simply put, a crowdfunding platform for college savings—meant to simplify the process for new parents and help friends and family give gifts with impact. That the price of college is ever-increasing…

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Atlanta business attorney Jonathan B. Wilson, has authored a ebook regarding equity crowdfunding .

Atlanta business attorney Jonathan B. Wilson, has authored a ebook regarding equity crowdfunding .

A partner at Taylor English Duma, Atlanta business attorney Jonathan B. Wilson, has authored a book which answers the many questions regarding equity crowdfunding in the ebook,Intrastate Crowdfunding: A guide for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Georgia who want to raise capital. The publication is available for free download at crowdfunding portal SterlingFunder.com. Divided into four chapters, the ebook provides anyone with an interest in using intrastate crowdfunding, such as the Invest Georgia Exemption, with substantive information, practical tips and excellent resources. While offering background on Regulation D, securities law, the JOBS Act and the Intrastate Georgia Exemption, the…

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Crowdfunding University of California College Scholarships

Crowdfunding University of California College Scholarships

Here’s a novel idea–turn to crowdfunding to bankroll college scholarships. The University of California has launched a six-week crowdfunding campaign, Promise for Education, to raise money for student scholarships. The campaign, which was launched Wednesday, will encourage individuals to make a personal promise like running a marathon, volunteering or growing a beard, then set a crowdfunding goal and share their promise through social media. Donations can then be made to see the promises fulfilled and all proceeds will go to University of California students with financial needs, according to university officials. Promise for Education is the…

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Live Interview with Sang Lee on connecting investors with innovative and socially conscious startups

Sang Lee is the founder and CEO of Return on Change, the next generation’s investment crowdfunding platform aiming to connect investors with innovative and socially conscious startups. Sang is also a recipient of the Under 30 CEO Award in New York.

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Georgia Tech Launches Its Own Crowdfunding Site For Science Research

By launching a fundraising site specifically for its researchers, Georgia Tech adds a review process and lab fees to the crowdfunding process. Allison Jo Mercer, a researcher at Georgia Tech, is developing an adhesive based on a brilliantly sticky fish. Her work could some day translate into Band-Aids that don’t pull your hair out when you rip them off, safer bandages for serious wounds, or just a better way to stick your GPS unit to your car window. But when she looked for funding for the idea, the reality of decreased government science spending sunk in…

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Philly Teachers Turn to Crowd Funding for Supplies

Philly Teachers Turn to Crowd Funding for Supplies

Some schoolteachers in Philadelphia are looking to the Internet to raise funds for basic school supplies amid ongoing budget shortfalls. Philadelphia is one of the nation’s largest school districts, serving more than 190,000 traditional and charter school students, and it’s been working for several months to close a budget deficit of nearly $304 million. Until the district recently received $50 million in emergency aid, officials feared they wouldn’t be able to open in time for fall classes. Allison Wudarski, a kindergarten teacher at the Julia deBurgos School in the Kensington section of the city, said her…

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