Bye, Bye Bake Sales? Young Entrepreneurs Crowdfunding in Digital Age

Pacific Ultralight Project on GoFundmeYoung entrepreneurs, scientists and activists are flocking to crowdfunding sites, from a group of 12-year-old girls photographing Earth from space to an award-winning iPhone case designer.

Michael Conway, who created the fundraising page on website GoFundMe.com, says he and his classmates at the University of the Pacific were all interested in aviation, but their school didn’t offer aerospace courses. So, for their senior design project, they decided to build an ultralight single-passenger airplane.

“We wanted it to be really easy to get donations, and when we listed out all the materials, it came to GoFundMe$10,000,” says Conway, who says the majority of donations have been from friends and family.

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