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12 Top Crowdfunding Websites for Entrepreneurs

With seed money hard to come by these days, most Entrepreneurs are making full use of new resources available to them: crowdfunding websites. Most of us are well aware what exactly crowdfunding is, but just in case you haven’t heard of it…crowdfunding is basically a community that funds ideas, dreams, and projects.

Here is Our Top 10 List of Crowdfunding Websites for Entrepreneurs:

1. Profounder

A professional crowdfunding website; for equity & revenue share.

The Profunder crowdfunding website is the way to go for many Entrepreneurs. Hands down, profounder is the best. It’s much more professional, and follows by better guidelines. Entrepreneurs (and start-ups) must be registered as a C-corp, making it legit to receive crowdfunding investments.

The motivation for real funders? With other crowdfunding websites, you just get to feel warm and fuzzy at the end of the day. Not ProFounder; you actually get stock in the company.

2. Startup Addict

Crowdfunding for…. well… startup addicts.

The Startup Addict crowdfunding website still appears to be fairly new, but unlike the others we’ve seen…it doesn’t have a particular niche focus other than helping Entrepreneurs get their business launched. This could be good, depending if you don’t fit into the “niche” categories other crowdfunding websites are aiming towards, like “creative projects” or “inventors”.

3. Believers Fund

Crowdfunding Website for New Mobile Apps

I personally know Believers Fund’s founder, so this is a favorite of mine. They’ve narrowed down into the niche of crowdfunding new mobile apps, and have strong partners behind them like Microsoft BizSpark. Believer’s Fund also seems to have a much healthier following of “believers” (ie: funders) compared to other crowdfunding websites.

4. Rockethub

A leading Crowdfunding Website for Creative Projects.

Rockethub has definitely gotten a large following from a lot of media exposure. Because of that, there’s a lot of activity happening over there… and hey, there’s actually funders!

5. Quirky

A Crowdfunding Website for Inventors

Quirky really fits it’s name, it’s a new crowdfunding website for the quirky types: inventors (ie: engineer types). It will be interesting to see what these inventors actually do with the product after they’re inventions are built. Maybe I’ll follow one for a while and find out.

6. New Jelly

A Crowdfunding website for Artists.

New Jelly’s crowdfunding website focuses on helping artists and films get up off the ground. An industry that’s suffering more and more everyday, I’m glad to see someone like New Jelly reach out to them.

7. CoFolio

A Crowdfunding Website to Help Fund Local Small Businesses.

This one seems to be new, so it may be a little while before we see it really take off. None the less, I love what they’re doing. It’s all about keeping things local here, and helping the small businesses.

Still wonder how this crowdfunding website will succeed though, since the majority of angel investors still try to follow in the VC’s footsteps. What’s wrong with having a portfolio of small local businesses, like restaurants?

8. Kick Starter

A Crowdfunding Website for Creative Projects

Kickstarter holds the lead as the world’s largest crowdfunding website for creative projects…including: artists, journalists, inventors, and film makers. A quick review of the front page explores crowdfunding projects for a comic film, a museum, and a documentary.

9. Start Some Good

A Crowdfunding Website for Social Entrepreneurs

Start Some Good is a new crowdfunding website for social good initiatives to raise funds through a community of supporters. There are many non-profit Entrepreneurs here, but also for-profit socially responsible Entrepreneurs

10. Peerbackers

A Crowdfunding Website for Entrepreneurs and their Dreams.

Peerbackers seems to be doing pretty well, and has a lot of ideas close to their funding goal. It also leverages social media to help you fund raise through peers, as well as strangers. Nice, clean interface.

11. Eppela

Eppela is a new crowdfunding website out of Italy. I’m glad to see support for Entrepreneurs being gathered other there in Italy as well (I’ve got 2 Italian co-founders on my team!). This crowdfunding website supports social projects, art & entertainment, as well as lifestyle & technology businesses.

12. Indie Go Go

I don’t know how in the world we forgot Indie Go Go…the world’s largest and earliest (founded in 2008) crowdfunding website. They have helped to raise millions of dollars for over 30,000 campaigns, across 194 countries.