On Monday, Kickstarter announced that it is ready to open its doors for inspired French inventors.
The crowdfunding company stated:
“We’re so excited to announce that Kickstarter is now open to French makers, innovators, filmmakers, chefs and creators of all types! French creators can start building their projects now, and launch them to the world on May 27. It’s an understatement to say that France has had an enormous impact on global culture. From art to film to food to fashion, we’re thrilled to help French culture thrive on a global stage.”
Kickstarter also answered the following questions:
Is there a separate Kickstarter site for France?
“No — French projects are part of the worldwide community of Kickstarter projects! But if you only want to see projects from home, you can always search Kickstarter by location. Kickstarter will also be translated into French to make launching and backing projects even easier!”
Can I start a project in French?
“Sure! You can use whatever language works best for your project. But we encourage you to think about including translations of your description and rewards, or using our Captions and Subtitles tool tool to make your project video more accessible. Kickstarter is a global community, and including translations definitely helps your project have a wider appeal.”
What currency will French projects be listed in?
“Euro. Creators can run their projects entirely in euro, using their local banking and business details. When projects are successfully funded, pledges will be collected in euro, too.”
Is the information that I share on Kickstarter secure?
“Stripe, our payments partner, also meets and exceeds the most stringent industry standards for security. Information that you provide while pledging or while setting up the account details for your project is protected by an industry-standard software protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), which encrypts your personal information.
“If you’d like to pledge anonymously, we’d recommend setting your profile name to something that’s not identifiable (example: CatBird10).”
What kind of projects can I fund on Kickstarter?
“Kickstarter focuses on creative projects in 15 categories, and we have a few simple rules that outline what projects need to look like. Kickstarter is a place for making things — it isn’t a site for charitable donations or financial investments.”
Is anyone allowed to start a project?
“Almost anyone, yes. There are just a few requirements. You need to be at least 18 years old, and you should be a permanent resident of France. You have to start the project in your own name, or on behalf of a legal entity with a valid business number. And you’ll need things like a mailing address, bank account, identification, and a major credit or debit card.”
What payments methods are accepted for pledges?
“Right now, pledges can be made with any Visa, MasterCard, or American Express card.”
What are the fees?
“Kickstarter only collects a fee when a project is successfully funded. If that happens, we charge 5%. The partners that process payments for us also charge a fee, which varies depending on where you’re located. For France, it’s:
“3% + €0.20 per pledge. Pledges under €10 have a discounted micropledge fee of 5% + €0.05 per pledge.
“If a project is not successfully funded, there are no fees.”
The countries that are already able to use Kickstarter’s crowdfunding service include U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and recently added Germany.
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