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Photos: Smart bike and hit Canadian TV series top crowdfunding list

Kickstarter and Indiegogo, two of the most popular donation-based crowdfunding sites in the country, give creative people the opportunity to fund their projects via online donations or pre-purchasing of products or experiences. Every few weeks, The Report on Small Business will provide a snapshot of the top 10 Canadian entrepreneurial crowdfunding campaigns of the moment. The figures are accurate as of June 10, 2014.

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1. Vanhawks Valour is the first connected carbon fibre bicycle featuring performance tracking, security sensors and interactive feedback. Vanhawks, the Toronto-based startup behind the bike, has raised $820,083 of its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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2. Corner Gas: The Movie. The team behind the hit show returns with a feature-length film during the holiday season. The CTV television series hit the air in 2004 and became the top prime time sitcom in Canada, maintaining an average audience of 1.4 million viewers over its 107 episode run. The project has raised $220,018 of its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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3. Esther the wonder pig: Farm sanctuary . Esther changed their lives from the minute she came home as a ‘mini pig’ almost two years ago. 533lbs later, it turns out she was just getting started. The Campbellville, Ont. couple is raising funds to purchase a farm and turn it into a sanctuary for animals. So far they’ve raised $177,383 of its $400,000 goal on Indiegogo.

Derek Walter

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4. MBLOK is a secure personal mobile storage with Bluetooth and USB interfaces that is designed to have long battery life. Kwelea Inc., the Waterloo-based company behind the project, has raised $123,392 of its $120,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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5. Hadlie's bucket list. On May 17, Hadlie’s parents found out that their daughter had a brain tumor and are raising money to help them continue to make memories, as a family. The family from Grande Prairie, Alberta has raised $102,581 of its $20,000 goal on Indiegogo.

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6. CLUG is the tiny smart clip designed to store and secure your bike, however you like. Hurdler Studios, the Vancouver-based company behind the project, has raised $85,240 of its $32,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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7. Nettle's Tale Swimwear Inc. is designed after and for real Pacific Northwest women of all ages, shapes, personalities, and sizes - their bodies are not retouched or Photoshopped away. Ten per cent of all profits from every suit purchase will support a charitable cause chosen by the woman who inspired its design. Julia Church, the Vancouver-based designer, has raised $70,300 of her $10,000 goal on Indiegogo.

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8. Frank Anthony Swimwear: Shorts that don't get wet. The designer uses hydrophobic nanotechnology to make it possible. The company has tested the garment in chlorine and salt water and they have no effect on the fabric. These shorts were designed for being submerged underwater for long periods of time and have shown no loss of hydrophobic capabilities. Frank Anthony, the Hamilton-based company behind the project, has raised $49,223 of its $10,000 goal on Kickstarter.

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9. Helping Thomas Evers. Thomas had a near drowning accident over the March break and is now working hard, with family support, to overcome the hurdles the accident. The Evers have raised $45,800 of their $40,000 goal on Indiegogo.

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10. Antidote Superalimentation - Comptoir Vegan is the first vegan grocery store in Quebec with juice and smoothie bar. Élise and Chuck, the Montreal-based couple behind the project, have raised $45,070 of their $40,000 goal on Indiegogo.

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