When crowdfunding goes wrong: how platforms handle fundraiser disputes

When Tara Reed first began her crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, she had high hopes that it would help her achieve her dream - to self-publish her book. In March, the Toronto-area writer launched

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 2nd, 2013 Candice So

Elevator Pitch: Alertly – off-the-shelf security system

A member of Toronto-based accelerator Incubes' fourth cohort, Alertly offers a do-it-yourself security system you can install in your home, office, or car. Alertly says 1.6 million homes were broken into last year

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 18th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Is that a $70,000 keyboard in your pocket?

When was the last time you tried to type out a long e-mail to your co-workers or boss on your phone or tablet, silently cursing all the while as your fingers banged out

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 16th, 2013 Candice So

First iFundWaterloo campaign to fund service dogs for autistic kids

The first campaign on the city of Waterloo’s local crowdfunding platform is now under way. On July 1, the city of Waterloo, Ont. launched its own crowdfunding platform for citizens interested in funding

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 15th, 2013 Candice So

York Region’s BrainFx:Set to assist patients and further neuroscience

Recently, hundreds of biomedical and rehabilitation leaders got to see and hear about a new Web and tablet-based clinical assessment tool for measuring the functional effects of brain injury. At the June 20

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 3rd, 2013 Jonathon Shore

Crowdfunded satellite telescope raises $1.5M

Looking for an example of a well-crafted, well thought-out crowdfunding campaign? Look no further than the ARKYD 100, billed as the world's first public space telescope. With the help of a hefty, crowdfunded

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 2nd, 2013 Candice So

Waterloo gets its own crowdfunding hub

Aside from Canada Day, Waterloo, Ont. has something else to celebrate today - the launching of a new crowdfunding platform specifically designed for citizen engagement purposes that is backed by city hall. The

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 1st, 2013 Brian Jackson

Kickstarter expanding to Canada this summer

Crowdfunding Web sites in Canada will have a big competitor in the market space later this summer when New York-based Kickstarter expands its services north of the border. The site, Kickstarter.com, allows entrepreneurs,

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 27th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Two tech hardware startups find success with Indiegogo campaigns

Think Toronto startups seeking funding, and you might conjure up an image of networking over drinks, or meetups between investors and founders. Conventionally speaking, that may be the case, but a growing number

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 26th, 2013 Candice So

What we learned at our #itbcrowdfund Twitter chat

With the explosion of sites modeled after Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and talk of U.S. style, equity-based crowdfunding coming to Canada, the time seems ripe for another discussion about crowdfunding and the direction it

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 20th, 2013 Candice So

Lessons learned from the ‘first publicly traded’ man

Kenneth Mike Merrill, also known as “kmikeym,” the first publicly traded person. Merrill is also an office manager, entrepreneur, and sometime artist. He has been his own personal stock market since early 2008.

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 20th, 2013 Monica Goyal

Indiegogo makes Canadian push as founder ‘excited’ about equity crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Web site Indiegogo is deepening its roots in the Canadian market place and closely watching as securities regulators consider allowing non-accredited investors to make small investments in startup firms in exchange for

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 19th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Asteroid mining firm to crowdfund first space telescope on Kickstarter

Planetary Resources plans to use Kickstarter to raise $1 million in the first crowdfunding campaign to offer backers a "space selfie" photo as an incentive. The Seattle-based firm that is headed by Chris

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 29th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Planetary Resources set to crowdsource satellite telescope observation

If you haven't heard of Planetary Resources yet, it's a billionaire-backed team of NASA engineers and space tourism entrepreneurs that want to mine near-earth asteroids for valuable resources. Oh, and along the way

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson