TORONTO – Calling all inventors, creators and artists – Kickstarter is officially open to Canadians.
The crowdfunding website announced Monday that Canadian-based users are able to start building their Kickstarter projects in order for their pages to be ready for a September 9th launch date.
“We thought the month-long gap would give everyone plenty of time to build and tweak their projects before launching,” read a post on the Kickstarter blog.
“Beginning September 9, they can launch and share their projects with the world.”
Kickstarter announced in June that Canadian-based creators would finally be able to launch campaigns on the site.
Canadians were previously able to use the American site to fund projects, but required a U.S.-based bank account to do so.
The U.S.-based company, launched in 2009, is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Users can post projects related to everything from technology, arts, music, fashion, and publishing and maintain full ownership and control of their projects even if funding is achieved.
Since its launch, more than 200 million people have pledged over $300 million to projects.
Some Canadian-made projects have already made a mark on the site, however.
The Pebble smart watch was launched on Kickstarter by former University of Waterloo student Eric Migicovsky in 2012 with a goal of raising $100,000 to fund the project.
The project, which integrates with iPhone and Android devices, hit its goal within hours and set a funding record on the site.
Canadian-based Kickstarter projects will be listed alongside all other Kickstarter campaigns and will allow anyone to pledge to the campaigns. Project pledges and information will be listed in Canadian dollars.
Canadians can start building their projects in a draft mode on the site by clicking on the “Start new project” button. Project creators will be notified via email when they are able to take their projects live on the site.
Kickstarter will also be holding workshops for creators on August 8 and 9 in Toronto and August 12 and 13 in Montreal.