SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/13 -- Indiegogo, the world's largest global crowdfunding platform, has announced a new payment option that simplifies how Canadians fund campaigns. Indiegogo campaigners who run campaigns in Canadian dollars are now able to accept credit card payments, in addition to PayPal, and receive funds in Canadian dollars (CAD), whether these funds are coming in from Nova Scotia, New York or New Delhi.
This feature means that funds stay as CAD and are disbursed in CAD, rather than being exchanged into USD. The end result is savings on foreign exchange, wire and bank fees and a higher potential total take home amount for Canadian dollar campaigns on Indiegogo.
"Our goal as a company is to democratize funding world-wide to empower people to raise money for the projects that matter to them most," said Danae Ringelmann, co-founder of Indiegogo. "As our second-largest market, we're excited to offer more robust and flexible payment options that improve the Indiegogo experience for Canadians."
Canadian campaigns have been featured on the site since its launch in 2008 and the number of active campaigns in Canada increased by 213% in the last year over the previous year. Currently the top five most active Canadian cities on Indiegogo are: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary.
Indiegogo's platform offers categories in Film, Music, Gadgets, Gaming, Community and Education among others. Recent groundbreaking Canadian campaigns include:
- Film: Pure Pwnage Teh Movie - Raised over $211,000 to bring an internet television series about a video game player and his brother to life as a full-length film.
- Music: Protest the Hero - A well-known metal band decided to take control of its career and crowdfund its latest album, free of obligations to record labels. The band raised over $341,000 from 8,361 contributors.
- Gadgets: Matterform 3D Photon Scanner - A record-breaking campaign for the first affordable 3D scanner that raised over C$471,000 to become the most funded international campaign ever on Indiegogo.
Indiegogo also announced the launch of Indiegogo City Sessions, two workshop-style events to be held this summer in Toronto and Montreal. Both events will feature crowdfunding insights from Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann, first-hand tips from successful Canadian campaigns and practical guidance on running a successful campaign-everything from how to market a campaign to common mistakes that campaign owners make.
Indiegogo Canadian City Sessions:
- City Sessions: Toronto. June 26. 5-9PM Gladstone Hotel, http://bit.ly/11FWQmA
- City Sessions: Montreal. July 11. 6-9PM, location to be announced, http://bit.ly/14IODPz
Indiegogo City Sessions are free to attend however pre-registration is required. Please visit http://bit.ly/11FWQmA and http://bit.ly/14IODPz to register or for more information. These events will be live streamed nationally on Tech Zulu at www.techzulu.com and can be followed on Twitter at @indiegogo.
Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is the equal opportunity platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project - creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com and follow us at www.twitter.com/indiegogo and www.facebook.com/indiegogo.
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