9 Crowdfunding Platforms to Finance Your Passion Business

This post was originally published on the Sumo Hacks blog.

Crowdfunding platforms are everywhere these days. You’ve no doubt heard of them lately because more and more people are using them to gather funding for a variety of projects. These websites can be used to raise money for causes, artists, films, inventions, and even to fund a passion project. Whether you’re looking to make money online or hoping to raise money for a charity you’re starting, crowdfunding might be the route to take. The big question is, which crowdfunding platform is right for your passion business?

To help you pick the right one, we’ve rounded up 9 of the most popular crowdfunding platforms from around the web. Learn about each one below and pick the perfect one for your project!


Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.


Bolstr was built to empower businesses to expand, by providing them access to funding, tools and information. By arming businesses with the knowledge and resources they need to increase their footprint, Bolstr will create jobs, financial returns for investors and be a critical driver of economic growth.


Based in San Diego and Menlo Park, GoFundMe was launched on May 10, 2010 and has quickly become the World’s #1 fundraising site for personal causes and life-events. Millions of people have raised over $1 Billion in the past 365 days.


CrowdRise is the world’s #1 fundraising site for charitable and personal causes. Raise money for friends who need help, marathons and events, and over 1.5 million charities.


Indiegogo is a way for people all over the world to join forces to make ideas happen. Since 2008, millions of contributors have empowered hundreds of thousands of inventors, musicians, do-gooders, filmmakers — and other game-changers — to bring big dreams to life.


appbackr’s mission is to index the world’s apps, enabling app users to make informed and inspired decisions, and making apps accessible to everyone through the App Anatomy™ Project.


Entrepreneurs create over 6 million new businesses each year in the United States, and yet only a fraction receive funding. Fundable set out to change that by creating a business crowdfunding platform that enables companies to raise capital from investors, customers, and friends.


MicroVentures is one of the financial industry’s first organizations which merges crowdfunding with the venture capital industry. The San Francisco, CA and Austin, TX based firm provides an opportunity for angel investors to invest in startups alongside Venture Capitalists, often at the same terms.


SeedInvest is a leading equity crowdfunding platform that streamlines venture capital and angel investing. SeedInvest helped over 55 companies raise capital, and built a rapidly growing network of over 14,344 accredited investors.

Have you used a crowdfunding platform to raise money or donate to a cause? What was your experience like?

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About Matthew Capala

Matthew Capala is an Internet entrepreneur, international speaker, and author. He is the founder of Alphametic, growth hacker at SearchDecoder, life hacker at SumoHacks, Adj. Professor at NYU, and Author of “SEO Like I’m 5”.

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