Kickstarter in the UK

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Today Kickstarter is officially open to projects in the UK. Woohoo!

We’re thrilled that Kickstarter is landing on another shore, and we can’t wait to see what creative projects our friends in the UK will launch — films, art, games, albums, plays, performances, and much more.

Since our announcement three weeks ago that people in the UK could begin building projects, more than 1,500 people have started making one. Already several dozen UK projects have launched today (this was the first). It’s an exciting response.

Projects in the UK function just like every other Kickstarter project, with a few small differences. Let’s go over how it works.

Can people outside the UK pledge to UK projects?

Yes! Backers from anywhere in the world can pledge to any project on Kickstarter.

Is there a UK-specific Kickstarter site?

No. UK-based projects are listed alongside all of the other Kickstarter projects. Backers can check out UK projects specifically through the location sections of the Kickstarter homepage (the first row of projects under Staff Picks) and the Discover page (the Cities area in the sidebar).

What currency are UK projects listed in?

Projects from UK-based creators are listed in pounds sterling. If you are pledging from outside the UK, you will see the approximate conversion rate to US dollars before you complete your pledge.

Is backing a UK project similar to backing other projects?

The mechanics of Kickstarter (all-or-nothing funding, rewards, etc.) are identical for US and UK projects. When pledging, however, backers to UK projects enter their payment information directly on Kickstarter rather than through Amazon Payments. All pledges are processed securely through a third-party payments processor.

Are the fees for UK and US projects the same?

As in the US, Kickstarter will charge a 5% fee to successfully funded projects and no fee to unsuccessfully funded projects in the UK.

Payment processing fees for UK projects are similar to those for US projects. For UK projects, the processing fees are:

  • Pledges of £10 or greater are charged 3% + £0.20
  • Pledges less than £10 are charged a discounted micropledge fee of 5% + £0.05

If a project is not successfully funded, there are no fees.

Anything else?

We had planned to be in London this week to celebrate our launch but Hurricane Sandy had other ideas. We will be in London the week of November 12, however, with a couple of events on how to create your own Kickstarter project. We'll be posting more details about that soon, so stay tuned! Thanks!

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    1. Pimoroni Ltd on

      FIRST! Thanks for the link. We're as excited as puppy with a bag full of tennis balls!

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      Anton Uklein on

      Okay, when is Canada going to get Kickstarter without using a US friend?

    3. Rob Hodges on

      I have been waiting for this for a looooong time. Congratulations guys!

    4. Dan W on

      Is there a list of all UK projects?

    5. Mike Nowak on

      Yes, as mentioned, Canada would be welcome. We're just across the border AND we have the UK's Queen on our money.

    6. Piers Duruz | CrowdfundingDojo.com on

      Awesomesauce! Great work all. I'm sure this must have been a huge undertaking. Looking forward to it's fruits reaching us here in North, North America (ie Canada) soon! ;P

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      Johnny5000 on

      @Kickstarter:
      So Amazon Payments cannot be used on UK-based Projects?

      I tried pledging on the above mentioned UK-based Project, but the Payment Information page tells me nothing about Secure Data-Storage?

      Since Paypal is also out of the Picture, it basically hinges on my Trust in your Security-Policy and the Security-Policy of your Payment-Processor.

    8. Peter Koraca on

      The illustrated video game we're making is online as-well, yey! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1657341933/circus-of-light

    9. Jai Dickenson Pierce on

      I cannot get my identification "varification to load" contacted them but no reply as yet.

    10. Move It Films on

      Our project is also live! Please take a look, and if you can...donate! :)
      http://kck.st/SfpGD1

    11. Gabriel Monade on

      All my ideas can finally become reality!!!

    12. Ninja Print
      Superbacker
      on

      How does someone "prove" to be from the UK? Also, how does this relate to the free movement of goods and services within the EU?

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      Neville Midwood on

      I support a project based in Wolverhampton, but it never shows on a United Kingdom search. Hopefully Kickstarter will now sort out these issues. Maybe a Country as well City Search?

    14. Richard Ablett on

      The UK has many great entrepreneurs. I must have just missed out on being the 1st to launch a UK project! Check out my Maths Made Fun eBook: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mathsmadefun/maths-made-fun

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      Val Mauro on

      Please work on the launch in Canada next. Independent projects need you.

    16. The Great Escape on

      This has turned out to be perfect timing for us, as we planned to launch at the end of October anyway, before we even found out about the new UK projects. Check out the book we'll be printing with our Kickstarter funds - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thegreatesc/great-escapes-volume-1-0

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      Matt Pauze on

      Why not Canada??

    18. Dominik Herceg on

      Hi, i am the one of young filmers from Slovakia.
      We are looking for someone who will help us start project on kickstarter. We offer financial reward or whatever you want for the help.
      For more information write me message.

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      Karyn James on

      Congratulation on the opening of the UK "store".
      Have you considered a similar venture for Australia?
      Australians are experts in early adoption and generation of ideas, products and new technologies.

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      Anton Uklein on

      Okay, I'm from up top of the comments there. (The first about Canada)

      I really hope that Kickstarter notices this and lets us do our own Kickstarts. It's odd to be here in Winnipeg with the only project ever being "INDIE GAME: The Movie".

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      Subhashis Dash on

      Congo....For entrance exam go through http://www.entranceindia.com/ .

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    23. James Cummins on

      Is there chance that you might accept entries from Ireland. We could really do with the help.

    24. rob fraser on

      Whoop, whoop! I've got a collaborative project that I'm really keen to try and push through the social funding model.

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      Matt Pauze on

      So...Why not Canada?

    26. Jason Denning on

      I am actually thinking my project would have been better off in the US as it is US centric and maybe the conversion puts any buyers off?
      http://kck.st/TwBwvE

    27. Dominick Reed on

      Oooh ooh oooh oooh. Splendid splendid. I Drink Lead Paint. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1823003489/i-drink-lead-paint-an-absurd-photography-book-by-m

      Munch on a little bit of absurdity.

    28. Carl Matthews on

      Thanks Kickstarter, timing for us was good too. We are a UK startup that was about to launch to sell a few at a time. hopefully we can now tool up for a large production run and Kickstart our business! http://kck.st/SsWOrH

    29. Piscator on

      Congratulations;
      when is Switzerland coming online? It happens to be the country with the most new patents awarded per capita per year. I would love to see croud-funding being available to all those creative people!

    30. Sadie Knight on

      So great to see Kickstarter in the UK - we managed to get our project accepted for launch on the 1st November, so just missed the first day of launch.

      Our innovative new virtual training environment, Tai Chi Elements, brings all the real world benefits of learning Tai Chi into a beautiful online environment to make it accessible to everyone. We're off to a great start on Kickstarter - help support us here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/759241456/tai-chi-elements-virtual-training-environment

    31. Neil Broadley on

      Very annoyed that there's no Amazon Payments in the UK. Effectively closes Kickstarter for me until they do. Shame - I've pledged on 15 projects but in an "enhanced" service, you've removed a crucial feature.

    32. Chris Simpson on

      Any news on the events planned in London on the 12th?

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      Johnny5000 on

      The Funny Thing is:
      Anyone who has an Amazon Account can easily pledge to any Project.

      Unless it is a UK-Project. Then you have to Trust a Unknown Entity and Kickstarters Security to handle your Credit Card Details.

    34. Ahmad Bilal on

      Hi, Please add paypal as an option for receiving funds and pledging them, we here in INDIA and CHINA with 2/3 of world population are being left out because of such partial benefits. Hope you can open up to Paypal soon.

    35. Geektropolis on

      CANADACANADACANADACANADA.....CANADA. PLEASE?

      How about a HINT about Canada timeline....

      Thanks!

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      eden hitchen on

      Some Good News How Refreshing Oh and A big Thank-you

    37. Amy Smith on

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    39. A Sitting Duck Ltd on

      Looks like an exciting year for creative companies in 2013!!!!!...

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      Alec Shea on

      Woo! We have it in Australia now too! First project I'm working on -> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/amplify91/raw-a-hardcore-game-for-casual-gamers :D

    41. Samuel Siegel on

      When I create a project in the UK it says I need a US adress and phone number! It won't let me be verified!

    42. Rafiq - Octotab Tablet-PC Range on

      Hello
      I heard about this kick-start while watching Tv the other day , i think it was the BBC , and would you beleive it , its a great way of getting funding and I placed my requirements on the site , today, its all to do with Tablet-Pc's
      The specifications are like the ipad and samsung. 10.1 and 9.7 inch screens, wifi and wifi+3G machines, 16G, 1g/2gRam, fast processors and the price I am selling at is hafl the price of the ipad and samsung machines.
      Please look out for it.... The Octotab-Tablet-Pc Range

    43. Rafiq - Octotab Tablet-PC Range on

      I just heard about the site on BBC and the next day found out a bit about it and i am all excited,
      I registered, got verified and have made a project and submitted it .... waiting for it to be approved
      Great ....

    44. Rafiq - Octotab Tablet-PC Range on

      The fees are much better then the banks and also if you accepted, the funding is easy to get i guess and you get your project off the ground... well done to kick-start , it gives me another avenue to see If I can get funding ....
      Thankyou

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