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Aussie entrepreneur unveils US-based crowdfunding platform

Aussie entrepreneur unveils US-based crowdfunding platform

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02/03/2013

 
Aussie entrepreneur unveils US-basedcrowdfunding platform
By Michelle HammondMonday, 09 January 2012An Australian entrepreneur based in the United States is set to launchStartSomeGood.com,a niche crowdfunding platform aimed exclusivelyat social enterprises.Tom Dawkins, co-founder of StartSomeGood.com, is originally fromSydney but has been living in San Francisco for almost two years afterspending two years in Washington DC.Dawkins, whose co-founders are from the US, describes
StartSomeGood as “Kickstarter but for social change”, which is“lowering the barriers [for] people… who want to make a difference”.
 
“Currently, you’re told you have to register as a charity before you can
access most fundraising platforms, which builds in costs and delays, and
excludes social enterprises,” Dawkins says.
 
Dawkins says StartSomeGood enables “social good projects” frommore than 100 countries to raise funds “based on their vision, plan and
cre
dibility, not their tax status”.
 
“So far, 35 initiatives, including several from Australia, havesuccessfully raised from $1,000 to $100,000 on StartSomeGood,” he
says.
 
Prior to StartSomeGood, Dawkins devoted his time to helping US-basedsocial change organisations reshape their digital strategies around socialmedia.
“I was the first social media director at [social entrepreneurship
organisation] Ashoka, then worked as a consultant for Small Act, [which
is a social media agency for nonprofits],” he s
ays.
“I have previously founded a number of community and nonprofit
initiatives, including Vibewire, a Sydney-based organisation that
supports young creatives and social entrepreneurs.
 While Dawkins is planning to return to Sydney in the middle of theyear, he has big plans for StartSomeGood.
“My goal in my remaining months here is to grow and iterate
StartSomeGood as rapidly as possible and learn as much as possible,
 potentially via an incubator,” Dawkins says.
 
“My trajectory is unusual – 
 
[I’m] ho
ping to raise funds then move
home. [It] doesn’t usually happen that way but with my co
-founders
staying, [it] will hopefully be possible.”
 
“I’m looking into Australia
-
 based incubators as well.”
 There has been a spate of new crowdfunding platforms in both the USand Australia, although those in the US are more niche than many of theplatforms that operate here.One of the most well-known US-based platforms, as mentioned earlierby Dawkins, is Kickstarter, aimed at creative professionals such asartists, designers, filmmakers and musicians.

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