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Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding Platform Roundup: Funding Sports and e-Learning
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Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding Platform Roundup: Funding Sports and e-Learning

In our previous edition of the crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform roundup, we highlighted Reddit Donate, Fquare, Togather, Brickstarter, and StartupValley. This week, we bring you a few more emerging platforms and crowdsourcing initiatives that caught our eyes.

Last week, 99designs, a crowdsourced graphic design platform, announced the launch of, its first non-English version of the site. The unveiling of the German language platform comes on the heels of 99designs’ recent acquisition of Berlin-based competitor 12designer. The platform's executives also announced that Berlin will be the seat of 99designs’ European headquarters. These moves will help strengthen the platform's presence in Germany, which 99designs claims is its largest non-English language market.

CrowdRank’s Top Colleges List

It’s back-to-school season, which means publications like Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report are getting busy putting out their annual college rankings. This year, CrowdRank (as its name suggests, a crowdsourced ranking platform) is also joining the mix, putting out its own top colleges list. CrowdRank's methodology is simple – users get a choice of two colleges and select which one they would rather attend. The crowd (which the platform claims is over three million strong) voted Harvard, Yale, and Stanford as the top three colleges. To see where your alma mater ranks, check out the full list.


Looking to raise money for your sports team’s new equipment? Instead of selling cookies or lollipops at matches, consider crowdfunding. New Zealand-based Sportfunder is looking to get people to do just that by offering a crowdfunding platform for all things sports-related. Sponsors can choose to donate money to a project regardless of whether it meets its funding goal, or pledge a donation and wait until the goal is met before having their credit card charged (which has come to be known as the ‘all-or-nothing’ model). The platform collects a five percent fee on all donations. So far, Sportfunder is hosting only one example project, though it’s not far-fetched to see a sports crowdfunding platform succeed given the devotion some fans have to their favorite clubs.


Yuujoo, a Barcelona-based crowdfunding platform, recently announced its launch. The platform is rather unique in that it crowdfunds e-Learning, hosting classes and workshops on everything from graphic design to app development. Currently, most of the projects on the platform are in Spanish, though an individual can start a project from anywhere in the world. It will be interesting to see how the platform overcomes the language barriers that will inevitably surface among its community members.

EarlyShares Opens Small Business Challenge

On September 1st, EarlyShares, an equity-based crowdfunding platform, teamed up with lonelybrand and CometAds to unveil the Small Business Challenge. The contest is asking small businesses (those that have fewer than 100 employees) and entrepreneurs to pitch ideas on how their business model can help create new jobs and stimulate the U.S. economy. Entrants compete for the $25,000 grand prize; second and third place winners receive $15,000 and $10,000, respectively. In true spirit of crowdsourcing, the public will vote on the top pitches (though a panel of judges also contributes to the selection process). Winners will be announced on November 9th.

Disclosure: EarlyShares is a client of massolution /

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  • Simonetta Ferrero Simonetta Ferrero Sep 12, 2012 10:34 am GMT

    Hi Anton, I'd like to introduce you that we've just launched. Starteed is an innovative reward - based crowdfunding model that helps all people who have an original idea to make it real thanks to the financial and social support of Starteed Community. Starteed is a step beyond crowdfunding because it integrates the crowdfunding campaign with all the following phases of product development and sales, giving the possibility to the Creator to put his product on sales on Starteed e-shop. Furthermore, since we consider Community endorsement as the key to success, we are the first crowdfunding site that motivates people to play an active rule as Supporters, offering them a creative and fun environment and the possibility to monetize their Influence.
    In two weeks will be online with the first projects!
    And the projects created on Starteed within October will participate to the Seed Contest with 5.000-euro prize!

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