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Google Lunar X Prize

Penn State's moon mission team launches $400K crowdfunding campaign

In a bid to bring home the $20 million prize money in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, Penn State launched a crowdfunding campaign on Rockethub to raise $400,000 by February to build its own moon rover prototype.

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Students take their seats for the diploma ceremony at the John F. Kennedy School of Government

Short on funds, schools in Houston looking for donors through crowdfunding- report

Strapped for cash, schools in Houston, Texas are slowly turning to crowdfunding sites like donorschoose.org to get needed funding for their supplies and equipment, the Associated Press reported.

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PowerUp Toys

Israel's PowerUp Toys raises over $1M for smartphone-controlled paper plane

Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup PowerUp Toys raised over $1 million via crowdfunding platform Kickstarter for a smartphone-controlled paperplane, with still eight days to go for the campaign.

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Adapteva

A Kickstarter campaign helped chipmaker startup prove its market and get new funds

A Kickstarter campaign allowed chip startup Adapteva to bridge the gap between its Series A and Series B rounds and prove its market, a Gigaom report said.

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QuantuMDx

British biotech firm QuantuMDx turns to crowdfunding to develop handheld malaria diagnostic device

British biotechnology startup QuantuMDx turned to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to raise funds for the development and commercialization of a hand-held device that can diagnose malaria rapidly.

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Roam & Wander

Hong Kong toy maker Roam & Wander closes new funding round for US expansion

Hong Kong-based children's entertainment startup Roam & Wander successfully raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Hong Kong and Taiwan angel investors as it prepares to expand its US retail operations.

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The Old Ghost Road

New Zealand's Old Ghost Road cycle trail receives $800k funding for completion

The Old Ghost Road cycle trail, which is developed by Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust, received $800,000 from the Department of Conservation of New Zealand to complete the project.

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No More Woof

Swedish dog-to-human translator headset raises funding via Indiegogo

Swedish laboratory Nordic Society for Intervention and Discovery (NSID) has raised funding via Indiegogo to develop No More Woof, a headset prototype that translates dogs' thoughts into English.

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Bitcoin

Argentina's Idea.me allows South America to crowdfund with bitcoins

Idea.me, a crowdfunding platform founded in Argentina, now allows people in seven Latin American countries to fund projects and startups using bitcoin in lieu of credit cards and PayPal.

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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Japan to invest $2M to revive Iran's Anzali lagoon

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will pour in $2 million in three projects aimed at reviving the degraded Anzali lagoon in Iran, according to an environment official cited by IRNA new agency.

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 Play-i

Programming robots for children maker Play-i nabs USD1.4 million for retail plans

Programming toy robot maker Play-i raised USD1.4 million from investors all over the world via its crowdfunding campaign on its website that lasted 31 days.

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SunFarmer

SunFarmer to build solar power project in Nepal with SunEdison grant

SunFarmer, a non-profit developer of solar power in impoverished areas, will construct its first solar power project in Nepal using a USD2 million grant from SunEdison Inc. SunFarmer is seeking donations to build 100 solar projects in the country.

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Bohemian Guitars

State-level tests underway for equity crowdfunding- report

A report from The Wall Street Journal said more and more entrepreneurs and young companies were taking part in test runs at the state level for new federal rules regarding equity crowdfunding.

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Fundable

Startup's biggest funding comes from family, friends - Fundable

Friends and family of startups were found to be its biggest supporters, shelling out USD23,000 in a business on average, totaling USD60 billion in fresh capital annually, based from data collected by online crowdfunding platform Fundable.

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