Best Practice Campaigns

The aim of this mapping is to provide best practice examples of Crowdfunding campaigns, in order to inspire entrepreneurs and SMEs.

At the very beginning of the project “Crowd-Fund-Port” (2016) the project partners identified best practice examples of successful Crowdfunding campaigns from their home countries.

The aim of this mapping is to provide best practice examples of Crowdfunding campaigns, in order to inspire entrepreneurs and SMEs. The list of projects is not comprehensive – there are thousands of great projects on Crowdfunding platforms in the region. However, they are examples that can inspire others and surely can be adapted and built on.

The mapping contains:

  • a summary of data from the “study on Alternative Finance by the University of Cambridge” (link: https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/faculty-research/centres/alternative-finance/publications/sustainingmomentum) and other sources focussing on CEE countries.
  • best practice examples from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, based on a survey that asked for basic project information, but also specific campaign information such as total volumes raised, total number of supporters et al and why the project was considered as best practice.  
  • a list of Crowdfunding platforms for SMEs in the Interreg Central Europe Area

To draw a diverse picture of Crowdfunding, the project partners tried to evaluate projects from different industries and sectors like creative industries, sports, medicine, social enterprises, tech, energy etc. During their research the partners not only focussed on facts and figures, but also on “soft” factors of success, such as how involved was the community before the campaign, what stories were told, innovative activities etc.

The combination of numbers and additional comments makes this publication  an outstanding contribution to Crowdfunding research and literature in Europe and can be recommended as “Best Practice report on Crowdfunding in Europe”.


FAQs:

  1. Which companies run Crowdfunding campaigns?
  2. Why were those campaigns successful?
  3. How established is Crowdfunding in Central and Eastern European countries (CEE)?

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