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Kickstarter in Canada: The First Month!

On Sept. 9, Kickstarter opened to projects from Canada-based creators for the first time. Let’s have a look at what’s happened since. 

Total Pledged to Projects from Canada-Based Creators: $3,266,682 CAD ($3,152,851 USD) 

Total Unique Backers: 47,213 

Launched Projects: 301 

Successfully Funded Projects: 19 

The $3.2 million CAD that has been pledged so far works out to $75.61 CAD in pledges each minute

Most of the 301 projects that have launched are still funding, but 19 have already been successfully funded! The successfully funded projects include Little Free Libraries in British Columbia and New Brunswick, a sequel to a beloved video game, a film that launched during the Toronto International Film Fest, and, yes, even a hockey stick! The biggest project to date has been The Peachy Printer, a 3D printer and scanner project out of Saskatchewan, which has raised over $583,295 CAD, more than 1,167% of its goal, since it launched. (The project ends in 10 days.)

Creators in all 10 Canadian provinces have launched projects, from British Columbia to Newfoundland. You can see all Canada-based projects here

Nearly 50,000 people have backed a project from a Canada-based creator. Where are those backers? Here's a breakdown: 

Backers in Canada: 22% 

US backers: 44% 

Other places: 34% 

To date, 22% of backers have come from within Canada and 78% from outside of it. Projects from Canada-based creators are finding support from local backers and being discovered by people all around the world. (For US projects, it’s the opposite: 78% of backers have been from the US and 22% from outside of it.) 

We're thrilled by the success of these creators and their backers, and by the fact that an incredible array of new creative works is already coming to life. Congratulations to all of them, and cheers!

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      Creator Martin Euredjian on October 10, 2013

      Please add better methods to improve project discovery. I, for example, would really like a daily email alert any time a new technology project is posted. If someone were interested in supporting Canadian projects they might love a similar email alert. Discovery on KS remains frustratingly difficult. Staff picks and most popular are great. However, more often than not I learn about interesting projects because I read about them elsewhere and often I don't hear about them until it is too late. This would really make KS a lot better for both project originators and backers.

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      Creator David Cruz on October 10, 2013

      Same here! I would most definitely, enjoy a more easier way to discover projects. Because as stated from Martin, I also usually find out about them from other sources instead of the Kickstarter. If this type of feature was implemented successfully, it would definitely make it much easier for supporters to find relevant projects that they believe in.

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      Creator margaret stuart on October 10, 2013

      And same here - I would love to know what projects there are without having to hunt them up. I often only find out about ones I would have supported too late to fund.

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      Creator Lou Tortola on October 10, 2013

      Our Canadian Kickstarter experience has been an amazing one so far. Kudos to everyone at Kickstarter for creating such a wonderful platform, thanks for finally allowing us Canadians to also participate. Those of us who launched these first Canadian projects were so anxiously waiting for September 9th 2013, to arrive. I was interviewed by CTV this week for coverage they are broadcasting next week covering Kickstarter in Canada: http://tinyurl.com/ngfegco Its so great to be here!

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      Creator Eric Liong on November 1

      Cool stuff! Any chance Kickstarter would ever publish raw data for some keen folks to work with? Make visualizations and such.

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      Creator Dale Thompson on November 14

      I think it's amazing that even though these are Canadian projects, 44% of the backers are from the U.S. and 34% are from around the world.

      Goes to show you the world truly is a small place after all :)

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      Creator Kendra and Audrey Malone on November 20

      I know they're glad!

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      Creator Johnny5000 on December 14

      @ Martin Euredjian: I second that.

      It should also be mentioned that there is no Option to show Projects that are Directly in a "Mother"-Category of Subcategory.
      e.g: Subcategory "Video Games" has "Mother"-Category "Games".

      Projects that are directly sorted into the "Games"-Category drown in the Amount of Projects that stem from Subcategories.

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      Creator Joel et Monique Bautista on December 24

      HI everone, we have launched “ KREMAS” one of our Haitian delights recently on Kickstarter, and we believe even if we go to family and friends we need OTHER PEOPLE TO ENJOY in a more easier way to discover projects, or they wont hear about them until it is too late, they maybe interested if you let them know by email on newsletter for example..