The Australian Small Scale Offerings Board, or ASSOB, is spearheaded by Paul Niederer and has been active in the crowdfunding space since 2005. Often used as a benchmark platform for equity crowdfunding in the US, over a hundred companies have raised over $133 million through the ASSOB to date. The ASSOB facilitates equity crowdfunding via curated deals and accredited investors.
The team at ChipIn “built Chip In to make sure that even if you’re only able to give $1 of your money or a minute of your time, you know that you, along with hundreds of other generous Australians are building a more awesome Australia.” Transparency is key to their pitch. ChipIn allows backers to track the impact of their donations through the site.
CitiNiche uses their own spin on crowdsourcing and crowdfunding to empower renters and those seeking property to interact with large developers. Developers get the peace of mind that their properties have committed tenants and buyers before breaking ground, and the “crowd” gets the chance to influence the spaces they want to live in.
Crowded is a support company based in Australia that is in the midst of a web site redesign at the time of writing. Crowded is a modern agency offering crowdfunding consulting services alongside PR, marketing, web design and graphic design services as well.
EverydayHero has helped thousands of “everyday heroes” raise over $100 million for charitable causes since launching in 2007. Although EverydayHero is active in Australia, they also aim to help nonprofits in New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. Interestingly, project creators pick from an already curated list of 1200 charities and choose one to support. The creator then creates a pitch page saying why they are supporting that charity or cause and backers can contribute.
FieldTheory is run by a small group of individuals who choose four projects per year to support, reaching out to a network of backers to encourage donations. Donations are accepted via Paypal and interested backers can submit their information on the site to be looped into future happenings.
iPledg pitches themselves as a “broad based, global crowd funding platform for individuals, companies and organizations.” To date 13 projects have been successfully funded on iPledg across a wide spectrum of interests.
Jet Fuel is a relatively new rewards-based crowdfunding portal that offers flexible funding campaigns as well as fixed funding. They are also flexible on timelines, with some campaigns stretching out as far as six months or more. Jet Fuel is build on WordPress using the Fundify theme.
Pozible is a rewards-based platform that caters to project creators not only in Australia but also here in the States. It is also probably the largest of the rewards-based sites on this list. Innovative features of the platform include the ability to launch private projects in order to control who has access to a project’s page. They also have a really slick search UI that is worth a look by itself.