The recent reward of over $10 million in Kickstarter pledges for the Pebble e-paper watch, devised by a Canadian entrepreneur now living in Silicon Valley, was just the latest in milestones for the concept of crowdfunding. But these platforms have yet to gain the same level of traction north of the border — which may continue if a forthcoming U.S. law allowing individual investors to gain equity in a crowdfunded company is not replicated in Canada.
Several creators in Toronto have nonetheless turned to these platforms to raise money for their artistic, cultural or technology ventures. These will be looked at during a session featuring James Cooper, the director of the forthcoming short Elijah the Prophet, who has also written a guide called Kickstarter for Filmmakers. The session will also highlight some recent examples of crowdfunding projects and a chance for creators to talk about what they have thought about introducing to the market one donor at a time.
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