October: Crowdfunder Projects In The News

It’s been a busy month for all of our brilliant project owners, both past and present, and we love nothing more at Crowdfunder HQ than spotting them in the press.

Whether it be on the radio, in newspapers or online, it’s great to see the good news spreading of their success.

Here are some of our top picks from October. 


Lindisfarne Festival launches crowdfunding campaign

ITV • 5/10/17

This small festival is on a big mission. Lindisfarne Festival, based in Northumberland, want to create and sustain the most incredible, yet affordable, music, arts and wellness festival in the whole of the UK. As a truly independent and majorly self-funded festival, they are fully aware that they could not succeed without the ongoing support from their community. Whilst 2017’s festival was a great success, they are turning to the crowd to ensure that their fourth year will be the best yet. With no outside funding, they cleverly used their Crowdfunder campaign to make early ticket sales – which they rely on in order to secure the lineup.


Meet the man using 3D printing in Cornwall to turn broken fishing nets into shoes and car parts

Cornwall Live • 22/10/17

Fishy Filaments recycles the plastic content of used fishing nets in order to produce high value filament that can be used in 3D printing. Project owner Ian is part of our change-making community, who activate innovative and sustainable solutions to some of the biggest problems faced by society. Ian’s idea clearly resonated with the crowd, as he went on to crowdfund with Crowdcube, where he offered shares in the business – highlighting the transition from rewards based crowdfunding through to an equity fundraise. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Fishy Filaments!


UK Entrepreneur To Address Poverty Issues With Vegan Eatery

Plant Based News • 25/10/17

Vegan food trailer, The Vood Box, launched their crowdfunding campaign following the success of The Vood Bar, which was set up earlier this year. This Cornwall based project already addresses poverty in the county by donating leftover foods to shelters and refuges. However, with the hope of doing more, project owner Danielle is now crowdfunding so that she can launch her plant-based, catering food trailer. Through this, she wants to continue helping the Cornish community by running programmes to give away meals to the homeless, run charity events, and train people that are living in poverty in customer services.


Belle and Sebastian show support for Govanhill pool pledge

Evening Times, Glasgow • 26/10/17

Community shares project, Govanhill Baths, are crowdfunding to redevelop this iconic spot in Glasgow into a brand new health and wellbeing centre. Since it’s closure in 2001, there has been a direct impact on the wellbeing of the community, with more than two thirds of local people stating that they no longer swim and that their physical exercise has significantly decreased. Glaswegian indie rockers, Belle and Sebastian, are the latest to endorse this campaign, hoping to renovate one of the city’s last Edwardian Bathhouses.


Bloodhound supersonic carries out first public runs

BBC News • 26/10/17

The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car is powered by three ‘engines’ – a jet engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon plane, a rocket and a V8 petrol engine. It is the most advanced and powerful land vehicle on earth! The project, which has been funded by a mixture of generous sponsorship and public support, turned to crowdfunding to seek funding from the crowd. The end of October saw the Bloodhound SSC’s first public run take place, conducted at Newquay airport, with some of the Crowdfunder team lucky enough to attend the event.



Supporters pledge £47,000 in just one week to keep ‘vital’ charity kitchen in east London

Evening Standard, London • 29/10/17

Made In Hackney is an award winning community kitchen and cookery school that aims to teach people how to make food that is good for both themselves and their planet. Returning for their second crowdfunding campaign, they are looking to secure the future of Made In Hackney, so that they can help 10,000 more people to gain the skills needed to lead healthier and happier lives. Setting the bar high for crowdfunding success, they gained an impressive £47k from the crowd in just seven days – they are now working towards a stretch target of £85k. Good luck! 

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