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Kickstarter in the UK

In July we tweeted that Kickstarter would open up to UK-based projects for the first time this autumn. Today we're very excited to announce that that day has finally arrived. Hooray!

Beginning October 31, people in the United Kingdom will be able to launch their projects on Kickstarter. Beginning today, people in the UK can get started building their projects by clicking on the "Start a new project" button on the Start page and selecting the UK as their country. When we're ready for projects to launch on October 31, we'll send an email letting them know that they can hit the launch button whenever they're ready.

Let's run through the basics on how things will work.

So UK creators can start building their Kickstarter projects as early as today, and launch them beginning October 31?

Yes. We thought the three-week gap would give everyone plenty of time to build and tweak their projects before launching. Beginning October 31, they can launch and share their projects with the world.

Will there be a UK-specific Kickstarter site?

Nope. UK-based projects will be listed alongside all the other Kickstarter projects.

Can people outside the UK pledge to UK projects?

Yes! Just like every other project on Kickstarter, backers can pledge to UK-based projects from all around the world.

What currency will UK projects be listed in?

All UK projects will be 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.

Will backing UK projects be similar to backing US projects?

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

Are the fees for UK and US projects the same?

Like 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 less than £10 are charged 5% + £0.05
Pledges of £10 or greater are charged 3% + £0.20

Any other changes to go along with this announcement?

Today we also launched a streamlined international shipping option for both US and UK projects.

Creators have been asking backers to add international shipping costs to their pledges for years, and it wasn’t uncommon for backers to miss the instructions. Today’s update makes it clearer when the creator has requested that international backers add an additional amount to their pledges.

We’ve also made it easier for creators to limit rewards to domestic backers only, as international shipping can be a difficult part of the process.

We felt it was important to get this change out with this international expansion. This feature is available to both UK and US projects that launch starting today.

Anything else?

We’re really excited! This is the product of months of work by our team, and we want to thank them for their hard work. Thanks as well to all the UK creators who have patiently waited for this day. We can’t wait to start backing your projects. Thanks so much!


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      Creator Diana Mavroleon on October 25, 2012

      You've made a lot of people very excited....including me.
      Thanks v much for all your hard work. l hope u enjoyed it, and the beginning of your benefits are that u'v just made a LOT of people very happy. Let's go for it!

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      Creator Martin Handley on October 31, 2012

      nice that we finally have it.
      Funny to see Alain de Lamirande say hes not stupid but then proceeds to call the UK , England - amazing, yep lets just forget about Scotland, Wales and NI all part of the UK!

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      Creator Mary Trainor-Nagele on October 31, 2012

      Fantastic to have Kickstarter in the UK. All of us at Arts & Business Northern Ireland look forward to helping get our many fab cultural organisations here availing of this great opportunity!

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      Creator Shadna Miah on October 31, 2012

      Sounds like a great idea, if anyone out there is thinking about their corporate and social responsibility then Home- Start Newham, a charity that is facing closure that supports vulnerable families with children under five years old would be agreat way to start. Anyway well done!!

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      Creator Gustavo on November 8, 2012

      Any plans to cover the whole European Union? (Italy)!!!!!

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      Creator Stuart D on November 21, 2012

      So how about a country specific search function as well and one that allows me to show only projects that remain unfunded.

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      Creator George Kouvaras on December 4, 2012

      When will it be available to the rest of the world?

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      Creator George Kouvaras on December 4, 2012

      I don't think anyone will answer...

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      Creator Chen on January 19, 2013

      Any plans to expand into Asia? Singapore would love to see kickstarter brought here :)

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      Creator Susan Gray on January 24, 2013

      Personally, I like one thing which is effective for both like "Today we also launched a streamlined international shipping option for both US and UK projects." They have launched a streamlined for both USA and UK projects. Which is good step took by Kickstarter.

      Susan Gray

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      Creator Karim Maassen on February 19, 2013

      How about The Netherlands? :D

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      Creator Babis St on November 14

      come on guys put the rest EU in the game!There is some great projects waiting kickstarter to open for the whole Europe!!!

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      Creator Romain Lussier on November 14

      Good , I would have liked a "Europe" section in Euros rather than UK and Pounds though

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      Creator Ilse Mul on January 26

      Like others have asked before, when will we be able to use kickstarter from other European countries?