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Kickstarter to launch in the UK

U.S. crowdfunding site Kickstarter has revealed that it will cross the Atlantic in the fall, with a UK version. (Pictured, Kickstarter's co-founders Charles Adler, Perry Chen and Yancey Strickler)
July 11, 2012

U.S. crowdfunding site Kickstarter has revealed that it will cross the Atlantic in the fall, with a UK version.

In a tweet on July 9, the New York-based crowdsourcing site posted: “People in the UK will be able to launch projects on Kickstarter starting this autumn! More info soon!”

As it stands, anyone can donate to a Kickstarter fund, but because of requirements dictated by the Amazon Payments system used, only U.S. residents with a U.S. bank account can post a project to the site.

In a September 2011 realscreen interview, co-founder Yancey Strickler (pictured, far right, with Charles Adler and Perry Chen) said there were plans to expand in the years ahead. “To be honest, having a specific market to get to focus on has been very good for us. Spreading us around the world is something that will take some effort and we want to make sure we do it right.”

The launch will allow UK docmakers who don’t have U.S. bank accounts to fundraise their projects in GBP.

A Kickstarter representative confirmed the news to realscreen and said there were no more details as of yet.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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