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Indiegogo Pilots Forever Funding

by: Startacus Admin ~ 25th September 2014
Crowdfunding is bloomin’ marvellous isn’t it? And if Indiegogo is to have its way, it could be about to take yet another giant leap forward, through its pioneering development of a new ongoing funding scheme. Thus far, all crowdfunding platforms have offered eager campaigners a splendidly simple proposition - reach your funding target, and the money is yours, fail to reach it and it's...
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KonneKt - Crowdfunding for Isolated Kids in Hospital

by: Startacus Admin ~ 23rd September 2014
Ever come across something and it makes you feel that warm glow of philanthropy and good will inside? No? Maybe that twinge of empathy you get from a really nice idea?Well, we think you’re about to. KonneKT has a simple premise; it's a way for sick children, who have to spend their days in an isolation unit, to play with others. It’s simply a set of magnetic shapes and pieces that can...
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Immortal Skateboards - Crowdfunding a New Product

by: Startacus Admin ~ 18th September 2014
Here at Startacus we love the notion of starting up, especially when you make something new! That’s exactly what happened with ‘Immortal’ Skateboards, a new startup that has used 3D printing Technology, Prototyping and Crowdfunding to make their product a reality. We spoke to Paul Hallet, Startacus member and participating collaborator, to learn more about their story.If you are ...
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NN Comics - Self Publishing, PR and Crowdfunding; Telling a Story

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th September 2014
In the future more and more people will be starting their own businesses, and will have their stories told. However there is one group of people who are making stories their actual business! Since self starting and self publishing are two of our fave things here at Startacus, we just had to catch up with the folk behind local new publishing startup - the NN Comics Team!  If you are planning o...
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Quality Thrives – Inspiration and Motivation for Startups and Entrepreneurs

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th September 2014
We all know how hard it can be to stay motivated, especially when you’ve just started a new business venture, especially if any spanners happen to land in the works, or even if you just have to change the whole idea! It’s hard work, and it never seems worth it. But for some, the goal of helping other entrepreneurs is the paramount point of business, - take for instance one of the start...
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Road Warriors 360; Crowdfunding your way back from a worst case scenario

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th August 2014
So, imagine you’re a fresh new startup founder, you’re working hard to try and make sure your idea gets the attention, support and input that it needs to be a success only to have investments and supporters pull out. Now imagine, everything, EVERYTHING – even your van (which you’re now forced to live and work out of), gets taken away. Sounds like the worst case scenario for...
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Self Starter drums up interest in unique 'drumkit in a box' instrument

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th August 2014
Self Starter drums up interest in unique 'drumkit in a box' instrument We're going all Norn Iron on ya today. First up, we highlighted news that the NI based Propel programme was open for innovative startups and now here's another NI startup story for your reading pleasure... A young self starter, Startacus member, inventor and musician from NI, Stephen Henderson is currently raising capital via...
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Startup of the Week - Fabrily

by: Startacus Admin ~ 6th August 2014
If you’ve ever had to fundraise you’ll know that coming up with effective ways to do so can be a tad difficult at times, therefore it’s always great to hear about ways of making the entire fundraising process easier. Our latest Startup of the Week is on a mission to do just that. Fabrily is an innovative service which helps people fundraise through the sales of custom t-shirts....
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'TIYO' A new device to help you escape awkward social situations

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th July 2014
Monetising social awkwardness seems all the rage it appears. Last week we highlighted the growing popularity of My Invisible Girlfriend / Boyfriend and only yesterday we spotted news of a crowdfunding project that again picked up on the social awkwardness that can come about through dating, being in a boring meeting, or simply being in the midst of an embarrassing conversation. TIYO (THIS-IS-YOU...
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Asking family and friends to invest in your startup - The Basics

by: Startacus Admin ~ 6th July 2014
Unless your friends and family happen to be ultra rich super billionaires with bottomless savings accounts, then broaching the subject of them investing in your startup has the potential to be a difficult, awkward and rather highly pressured undertaking. Some of you will no doubt already be cringing in horror at the mere suggestion of such an ill-advised coupling of business life and personal...
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