2,524 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
With so many exciting things happening in the world of crowdsourcing, it’s easy to overlook new platforms. But fear not, as we compiled a roundup of some of the most exciting crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platforms to launch over the last week.
Last week, five exciting platforms caught our eyes: DesignCrowd, Rock The Post, FundaGeek, PyBossa, and GetFunded. This week, we are highlighting two more platforms, Jammio and Localstake, as well as an open innovation initiative by the University of Cambridge.
Jammio, an online community for musicians, launched on Tuesday. While platforms like MySpace already provide musicians and bands a place to upload their songs for marketing purposes, Jammio takes the concept a step further. The platform lets musicians collaborate easily with one another on projects, and lets users post gig requests. It does not limit itself to just performers, though; users can ask DJs, engineers, producers, and songwriters for their services. The platform also allows performers to submit their songs to the Jammio store. Collaboration is key for the platform – musicians who fulfill more requests and help to build a more vibrant community can unlock prizes and other perks, like lower commission rates.
Localstake is a crowdfunding portal that launched its locally focused crowdfunding marketplaces on Tuesday. It also introduced the Localstake Academy, an education initiative. As its name implies, Localstake focuses on connecting local investors with businesses in their communities. Kevin Hitchen, one of the platform’s founders, explained that the original focus on local businesses meant to help provide protection from fraud. “We quickly saw many other benefits,” Hitchen said. “It’s easier for investors to reach and understand the market and business when it’s located in their community. Local investing brings a tangible connection to your investment.”
University of Cambridge launched the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst campus on Thursday. Cambridge is collaborating with pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline in the endeavor. The campus will serve as an open innovation drug discovery center. It will allow researchers to have access to cutting edge technology and work alongside some of the greatest scientists on the planet in order to develop potentially life-saving drugs. The campus’ creators hope that inviting individuals with new ideas and ways of solving problems will create a “fertile environment for scientific innovation and commercial success.”