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The Research Institution GAP Fund and Accelerator Program Summit

Kickstarter demonstrates the opportunities and challenges ahead for crowdfunding developmentally-rigorous technologies and start-ups

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October 18-20, 2023 / Tucson, AZ
The annual summit for research institution gap fund and accelerator programs, including proof of concept programs, startup accelerators, and university venture funds

The Story

Crowdfunding heavyweight, Kickstar, just released its 2012 year in review. They observed a monumental increase in all-around activity from funding pledged ($320M) to backer participation(2.24M).

However, the portion of these funds that went to technology projects was just 9%, with most directed at theater, music, gaming, and design. Will there be the interest behind more obscure, developmentally-rigorous technology projects to garner mass attention? You can crowdfund an art studio and a dancing bear, but can you crowdfund biotech?

Could crowdfunding be a new capital paradigm for early-stage, technology-based technologies or start-ups OR will it have a short shelf life? Time (and pending policy) will tell!

Review Kickstarters stats for 2012:




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