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A crowdfunding platform is an online platform to raise money from a group of donors. Crowdfunding has been a game-changer, allowing entrepreneurs to find new capital for their projects.

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The major advantage of crowdfunding is that it connects entrepreneurs and investors directly. Some of the most popular niches are art, agriculture, real estate and science. There are many different crowdfunding platforms with varying focus areas and quality.

How does crowdfunding work?

Crowdfunding is the concept of raising capital for a project or a cause online. It gives businesses and entrepreneurs a place to present their ideas and seek direct funding. The process includes the word ”crowd”, since most crowdfunding capital comes from many different contributors. Crowdfunding has been growing steadily, and many entrepreneurs are looking to crowdfunding platforms as high-potential investments. Crowdfunding is usually divided into categories. Some of the most common types of crowdfunding are reward-based, debt-based (or loan-based), donation-based and equity-based.

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  • Reward-based crowdfunding exchanges the contributions for some type of reward; usually a product or service from the company
  • Debt-based or loan-based crowdfunding is crowdfunding where the capital is lent from the investors in exchange for a return with added interest. Debt-based crowdfunding includes the concept known as Crowdlending or P2P lending
  • Donation-based crowdfunding is a crowdfunding campaign where investors do not get any financial return
  • Equity-based crowdfunding allows the contributors to become part-owners of the company

Today, there are many crowdfunding platforms to choose from. They may appear similar, but there are definitely important differences to consider. If you choose a free or low-budget crowdfunding platform for a campaign, it can have bugs and/or usability issues. The right platform can be the difference between success and failure.

Why crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding platforms are a game-changer when it comes to assembling capital. Some advantages of crowdfunding are reach, presentation, marketing and efficiency. Traditional fundraising takes a lot of time and effort. Online crowdfunding through a crowdfunding platform allows you to immediately place your campaign in front of a big target group. A crowdfunding campaign is also a great marketing and brand-building tool. Instead of finance calculations from a traditional banking, you have the opportunity to showcase your personality, vision and brand to a large group of potential investors. This setup often fits both entrepreneurs and investors.

Developing a crowdfunding platform

Many IT entrepreneurs are looking to crowdfunding platforms as a new investment. Crowdfunding has had a massive growth rate over the last few years, and it's not expected to decline. Some features are obvious, but a successful crowdfunding platform needs to stand out. A niche audience and the right choice of funding technique are two important questions. Finding the right vendor for the platform is another challenge. Advanced FinTech software needs to be combined with a user-friendly interface and tailored to unique requirements. Complex software development can take a lot of time and resources. It's very important to find an efficient platform provider with the right type of experience. An experienced software vendor can provide platforms much faster and more efficiently.

STAGE11 crowdfunding software

We at Stage11 have extensive FinTech experience, creating innovative cloud-based systems for the financial industry. You can be sure that we are the right choice for providing a crowdfunding platform software. We want to challenge traditional banking and provide financial platforms that makes the investment flow faster, cheaper and more independent. Some features that you can expect from our platforms are:

  • Open API connectivity
  • Tools for customer due diligence (KYC, Know Your Customer)
  • Cross-border investments
  • Electronic-ID verification and sign-off
  • Interactive dashboards

Stage11 crowdfunding platform is available as cloud-based SaaS (Software as a Service) solution. Hosting operations are set up close to your company and target market.

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Cloud-based SaaS (Software as a Service)

Using a cloud-based SaaS solution means several advantages, the main one is that your 'time to market' (TTM) can be greatly reduced. But that's not the only upside. A cloud-based application means that you don't need to use time for local installations and upgrades. Integration and scalability are two other advantages. It's also very easy to access a cloud-based application on the fly, wherever you have access to the internet. Cloud-based SaaS solution also means that you only pay for using the service, not full ownership of the platform. Installation and initial customization is a one-time cost. Ongoing maintenance will be presented as a recurring monthly fee as long as you are using the platform.

White label crowdfunding platform

Our crowdfunding platform, as well as our other FinTech solutions are all white label products. This means that you are free to re-brand them as your own. You can increase your brand visibility while using the advantages of our software.

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