From Kid-Friendly Funding Websites to Startup-Financing Apps

By: Rebecca Byers - Apr 10, 2015
While the first of many funding websites, ArtistShare, emerged online in 2003, later iterations of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are likely the most recognizable examples of innovative online crowdsourced funding tools. Many of these platforms are expanding their services to include mobile applications that make managing or donating on-the-go easy and convenient.

While platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo seem to be the largest, many other platforms have emerged across industries in initiatives that range from sites made to fund children's projects, vacations, medical procedures or the next big business idea.

Additionally, plenty of social good-focused crowdfunding services exist that may shed light on a particular social issue or be localized to support and cultivate business within certain communities. Other platforms may be business-specific, providing a service for raising funds for restaurants only.