Crowdfunding services like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have revolutionised the field of investment over the space of the last few years, allowing interested parties to pledge money to the businesses, projects or charitable concerns that interest them most, at a level of investment to suit them. In its short history to date, crowdfunding has unlocked all manner of great possibilities, from rebuilding the lives of people in need to helping a guy host the world’s biggest potato salad party. Here are highlights of the year so far: the craziest crowdfunding projects of 2015!
Things were looking pretty precarious for Greece earlier this summer, as the nation teetered on the brink of a calamitous exit from the Eurozone. Since then, the situation has brightened somewhat, after bailout terms were agreed between the Greeks and the European Union – but at the peak of the crisis, one IndieGoGo project proposed to solve the problem by encouraging users to donate money towards the cause. The target figure – which was in the billions – was never likely to be reached, but an admirable total of roughly 2 million euros was pledged!
Beloved by hardcore gaming fans the world over, Shenmue and Shenmue 2 are widely considered to be two of the best cult titles of the century to date. This June, a Kickstarter campaign dedicated to funding a third instalment of the series confounded expectations, by hitting its $2 million target within just a day! The game is now slated for release on Playstation 4 and PC. Image source: Kickstarter
A band of zany British architects hit the headlines earlier this summer, thanks to their astonishing proposal to build a full-scale replica of Minas Tirith – known to Lord of the Rings fans as the glimmering capital city of Gondor. Whilst the chances of this incredible vision being made a reality are vanishingly small, it’s pleasant to think about man’s greatest bastion against the ravaging hordes of Mordor. Pledge here!
The ‘relentlessly gay’ garden
Earlier this year, a Baltimore woman left appalled when an anonymous neighbour posted a note through her letterbox, complaining that her back garden was ‘relentlessly gay’. The reason behind the accusation? A colourful string of lanterns. God help America. The ‘gay’ garden’s owner responded brilliantly to the bigoted slight, by using crowdfunding site GoFundMe to raise the cash to make her garden the campest ever seen! Image source: Independent
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