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Kickstarter in the UK: The First Year

On October 31, 2012, Kickstarter opened up to projects based in the UK for the first time. In the first 24 hours, creators launched 85 projects. The first, a fun technology project called PiCade, raised more than double its funding goal. It was a great start to Kickstarter's first year in the UK. Here's a look at what's happened since.

Statistics for UK-based projects (October 31, 2012 — October 31, 2013)

Total Pledged: £22,481,158 ($35,097,865) 
Successfully Funded Projects: 1,558

Over the past year, more than £22 million ($35 million US) was pledged to projects in the UK — that's £43 per minute. Backers successfully funded more than 1,500 projects in all 13 categories.

Total Backers of UK projects: 322,536

More than 300,000 people from around the world backed a UK-based project over the past year. The UK had the most backers of UK-based projects, but backers from the US and EU weren't far behind.

UK-based Project Backers, by location

UK: 40%
US: 26%
EU: 21%
Rest of the world: 13%

Overall, sixty percent of backers to UK projects were from outside the UK.

One of our favorite projects from the year was Emilie Holmes' Good & Proper Tea Truck.

Emilie’s project launched on Kickstarter’s first day in the UK. Its goal was to build a mobile tea truck in London, and it was successfully funded by more than 300 people. Soon the truck was open and serving tea to Londoners — and sometimes backers. “Backers come for tea every now and again — some from as far as the US,” Emilie says. “It is always a pleasure to brew them their first cup.”

Another great project was video game maker Nicoll Hunter’s Fist of Awesome (and its charming project video). V for Vendetta author Alan Moore’s film series Jimmy’s End was cool, as was the project for Project Wild Thing, which is currently in theaters. Some projects were massive, like Elite: Dangerous, the most-funded project from the UK with more than £1.5 million in pledges. Others were just plain weird, like one to fund a massive statue of Lionel Richie's head that was installed at a music festival. More than 200 people backed that one (us included).

Kickstarter’s mission is to help people bring their creative projects to life. We're excited by what’s happened in the UK in year one, and we look forward to seeing what happens in years two, ten, and beyond. Thanks so much for being a part of it.


    1. Creator Ali Salih on November 4, 2013

      1,558 successful projects out of what?! Tell me how many unsuccessful UK Kickstarter projects since 31/10/12??

    2. Creator Andrew Kilroy on November 4, 2013

      So happy to be part of the 1500!! Our project Dan of the Dead could not have happened without kickstarter! Thank you! :)…

    3. Creator David Braben on November 5, 2013

      Kickstarter is a great way to get funding for a project. For "Elite: Dangerous" it made all the difference for us. Happy Birthday Kickstarter!

    4. Creator Patricia Aytes (deleted) on November 6, 2013

      Congratulations Kickstarter! Keep the good stuff coming. Love it!

    5. Creator John delaney on November 6, 2013

      8 projects backing and counting , some real talent out there ( and rubbish too ) but 1st class is kikstarter gives the people the chance to back what they want to see marketed , yay ,,,,

    6. Creator Jo Fellner on November 7, 2013

      Hey Great & Congratulations!
      When will you start in other european countries like Germany... UK Could be the Headquarter.
      Otherwise it´s so complicated to open a project without a address and bank account in US or UK!

    7. Creator Jigsaw Furnishings on November 9, 2013

      This is great! The UK has had some great products.

    8. Creator Harald Korneliussen on November 19, 2013

      Ali Salih: not so surprising they don't share that in a PR piece, but it's praiseworthy that Kickstarter do share some numbers on this at all:

      Since I see no reason to think UK projects are less successful than other projects, I'm guessing somewhere in the region of 40% of projects are successful.

    9. Creator Peter SEARLE on November 24, 2013

      P J Searle –

      Great! I have a cunning plan, so cunning I can hardly hold my pen to write – How do I submit?

    10. Creator Unknown Author on February 7, 2014

      I'd love to be 1,559th! Thanks Kickstarter, great platform.

    11. Creator chouer (deleted) on November 4, 2014

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    12. Creator Bashaar Khan on November 4, 2014

      I can't even connect to amazon payments, it always goes to the US one and I can't change the identity verification address to the UK, and the currency will not change to UK even though my location is set to 'Sussex, UK' ?!

    13. Creator zyt123 (deleted) on July 11

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    14. Creator Namaku Keren on October 20

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    15. Creator Doa Ibu Tersayang on October 23

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