Kickstarter, the successful crowd-funding website, is now officially open to UK residents to help get creative ideas and products off the ground.
Potential projects are reviewed after submission – to make sure they meet the required guidelines – before going live on the site. Then members of the public can contribute funds to a project. If the idea gets its target budget pledged by the end of the month-long fund-raising period, then the creator gets the money to finish it.
Backers are rewarded by being early in the queue to get whatever product is being made, and usually for a discounted price, though Kickstarter can also be used for artistic works such as film and theatre productions.
Until recently Kickstarter had only been open to projects based in the US, though backers could contribute money from anywhere. Previous tech hits include the Pebble e-paper smartwatch, the FORM1 3D printer and OUYA, an Android-based low-cost games console.
Now UK-based start-ups can put their own plans up for crowd-funding via the internet from small-scale investors anywhere in the world. At the time of writing there were about 200 British projects already up for consideration, from ventures in various locations around the country.
One of the first UK projects out of the gate was Picade, an arcade-game style cabinet kit for the Raspberry Pi PC board. It’s proposed by Sheffield-based Pimoroni, which also makes the eye catching (but smaller) Pibow Raspberry Pi case.
To go up on Kickstarter from the UK you must be a permanent resident here, aged 18 or over. To register you’ll need to provide Kickstarter with your address, bank account details and an official form of ID.
Via The Next Web