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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.