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. Each month, 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 Dec. 19.
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NOMAD Micro Home. Priced at $25,000 for the base model, NOMAD’s goal is to reduce consumerism and focus on an affordable and sustainable housing option for the largest portion of our society: hard-working individuals who can't make ends meet due to the high cost of living. The Vancouver-based company has raised $31,247 of its $90,000 goal on Indiegogo.
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SHARE THE RIDE with Pinkbike. In 2007, Pinkbike launched Share the Ride, an initiative which raised funds to get disadvantaged children around the world on bicycles. After a long hiatus we’re back and we've got big goals to reach. The Vancouver, B.C.-based company, which has raised $41,426 of its $25,000 goal on Indiegogo, plans to purchase and distribute bikes to kids in need this holiday season.
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WAVECHECK is a tool to help women with breast cancer know if chemotherapy is working. The Toronto-based team raised $53,390 on Indiegogo.
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A BETTER BACKPACK, from Daniel Eckler, the founder of Toronto-based design firm MIJLO. Made from sustainable material, the backpack is built to last a lifetime and has raised $74,964 of its $20,000 goal on Kickstarter.
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SHADOW ERA: SHATTERED FATES is a cross-platform card game developed by Toronto-based Wulven Game Studios. Shadow Era was the very first full-scale mobile trading card game, that also featured a free-to-play game model hailed by TouchArcade as "a fantastic representation of what freemium games should be." The company has raised $78,367 of $50,000 goal on Kickstarter.
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MORPHEUS STABILIZER for GoPro, smartphone and small cameras. Developed by Cinevate, Morpheus allows filmmakers of all skill levels to achieve shots never before possible with their GoPro, smartphone or small camera. The Thunder Bay-based company has raised $96,458 pledged of its $25,000 goal on Kickstarter.
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PALETTE is a freeform interface that offers hands-on control of you favourite software. Developed by Calvin Chu, it's a hardware platform made up of a variety of modules. Each module has a single physical input, like a button, dial or a slider. You snap together modules like Lego. No coding or soldering required! The Waterloo-based company has raised $123,586 of its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter.
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WIPEBOOK. Developed by by Frank Bouchard of Ottawa, Wipebook takes the whiteboard experience and converted into a notebook that helps you generate great ideas where ever you go! The company has raised $424,314 of its $4,000 goal on Kickstarter.
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PINE is the the definitive all-in-one smartwatch. Voice calls, video chat, full keyboard, GPS & much more. Developed by Montreal-based Neptune, the watch has raised $801,224 of its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter.