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Kickstarter, the leading crowdfunding platform in the U.S., announced yesterday that it’s opening up to project creators in Canada starting on Monday, September 9.
Starting yesterday, prospective campaign owners in Canada could begin setting up their campaign pages, though these will not go live until September 9. In the month leading up to their launch, the campaign owners can ask for feedback from their friends and fans, and sharpen the messaging.
Kickstarter announced the impending move north of the border in late June, saying that it would open up to Canadians sometime this summer. This is the company's second international expansion after launching in the U.K. last October.
To clarify, Canadians could always donate money to projects and receive rewards (provided the campaigns they supported would ship internationally). In order to launch a campaign, however, crowdfunders needed to have a U.S. bank account and address. Canadians could get around this by asking friends and family member in the U.S. to collect the money on their behalf, but this created headaches. Still, there have been over 200 projects from Canada, by our count. Starting in September, that number should swell dramatically.
The geographical limitations stem from the fact that Amazon Payments, which handles Kickstarter’s payment processing, does not support non-U.S. recipients.
In order to promote the launch, Kickstarter is hosting workshops and meet-and-greets in Toronto on August 8 and 9, and Montreal August 12 and 13.
These events should help increase the company’s exposure in Canada, but Kickstarter may not find it so easy to overtake the country’s existing platforms. For one, it’s unclear whether Kickstarter will build a French version of the site – the language is widely spoken in Canada.
We’ll be sure to keep our eyes on how Kickstarter’s launch in Canada goes. In the meantime, check out our previous articles about the platform here.