This article showcases our top picks for the best San Francisco based Crowdfunding companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Crowdfunding industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top San Francisco Crowdfunding Companies
Zivity, a San Francisco startup which launched at TechCrunch40 in 2007, is a premium subscription and fan interaction platform. Zivity celebrates artists through crowdsourced curation and editorial moderation of photography that highlights unique beauty.
Fans freely interact with artists and support their favorite artists through microdonations and recurring monthly support. In July 2009 [Zivity spun off Top Fans into a separate company](http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/23/zivity-splits-employees-execs-venture-funding-into-two-companies/)..
RealtyShares is a real estate investment platform that gives investors direct access to quality commercial real estate investment opportunities. It connects its network of individual and institutional investors with experienced real estate operators looking to raise capital to improve properties for higher, better use.
Venture-backed by premier investors such as 500 Startups, Union Square Ventures, General Catalyst, Cross Creek Advisors, and Menlo Ventures, RealtyShares has deployed more than $840 million over 1,100 investment opportunities in 41 states.. .
Crowdpac is the first crowdfunding platform designed for politics helping candidates, organizations, and ordinary citizens fund the change they want to see. They use the best technology and objective data to boost political participation, helping citizens to vote, by understanding the candidates on their ballot; to fund political change through crowdfunding tools, and helping anyone run for office by raising money and mobilizing support independent of big donors and special interests.
It was founded is 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Inkshares is a social platform that conflates the mechanics of crowdfunding with the distribution of traditional publishing to change the economics of book publishing. The authors submit book ideas and the readers share them, collaborate with authors, and pre-order their books.
They publish books that hit their pre-order goal. Votes are cast with money as pre-orders, readers end up subsidizing their production costs.
This greatly reduces their risk profile, meaning if a book doesn’t sell, the worst they can do is break even. Inkshares probes for hits without losing money.
And it’s because of this model that they can pay authors 50% of gross revenue for print sales and 70% for ebook sales.. .
IndieGoGo is a global crowdfunding platform that democratizes the way people raise funds for any project such as creative, entrepreneurial, or cause-related. The platform enables individuals and startups to generate pre-sales and collect feedback from early adopters before they manufacture their products.
Since its inception in 2008, Indiegogo has been offering related advice to individuals and startups that seek it and advising corporations on how to staff a team to create and manage a campaign effectively.. .
Prosper is an online lending platform that connects people who want to borrow money with individuals and institutions. Its platform provides lists of loan requests with low, fixed-rate loans and no hidden fees or prepayment penalties, enabling clients to easily gain access to affordable personal loans and investors to earn solid returns via a data-driven underwriting model.
The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, HandUp aims to partner with non-profit human services organizations to raise money online. These organizations can fundraise for things like special programs, client needs, and program and operational expenses.
With HandUp, users can donate to a specific person via their web profile or SMS, learn about their story and needs, and hear updates on their progress. Fulfillment partners and retailers on the ground ensure members use donations on basics like food, clothing, and housing.
The company was founded in June 2013.. .
BackerKit simplifies the post-campaign fulfillment process by helping project creators handle all the realities of crowdfunding. It allows its clients to survey, collect data, accept pre-orders, and process pledges for fulfillment.
BackerKit was founded in 2012 by Rosanna Yau and Maxwell Salzberg and is based in San Francisco, California.. .
Donorbox is a donation payment system that helps organizations from various sectors get a better donation checkout process. It encourages donors make more donations by providing them with a system to pause, increase, or decrease recurring donations at any time.
Donorbox also connects non-profits with their supporters. It was launched by Charles Zhang in 2014.
Donorbox is operated from San Francisco, California.. .
LoanScan provides analytics for loans and other financial instruments issued via open finance protocols on permissionless blockchains (Ethereum). We serve fixed-income investors, borrowers, analysts, crypto funds, financial institutions, and financial application developers.
Our team of capital markers analysts and software engineers analyze blockchains and provide accurate real-time information on loan issuances, interest rates, collateral ratios, repayments, loan portfolio composition, etc. for recent and historical transactions..
CrowdBrewed was created to provide a secure, transparent platform for companies to obtain the financing they need to grow their businesses. At the same time, investors can use CrowdBrewed to invest in companies in the fast-growing and exciting craft beer industry.
CrowdBrewed Rewards is the first marketplace dedicated to craft beer financing! What does that mean? CrowdBrewed Rewards is THE place for craft beer business fundraising. Purchase or sell used equipment, or sign up to buy the latest and greatest craft beer products, services or experiences.
Set up in the traditional rewards-based crowdfunding model (like Kickstarter or Indiegogo) on CrowdBrewed. CrowdBrewed Rewards networks and connects the craft beer industry and craft beer fans like never before.
Use the CrowdBrewed Rewards platform to raise money for your craft beer business, or support your local craft beer business by participating in their campaigns.. .
NAI Northern California
NAI Northern California is a progressive, full service commercial real estate firm serving the Northern California Bay Area. Recognized as one of the Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Firms by the East Bay and San Francisco Business Times, NAI Northern California’s commitment to the Bay Area is long-term and dedicated to delivering the best results for our clients.
Our mission is to deliver unparalleled services to our clients through innovation, collaboration, and extensive knowledge of commercial real estate.. .
Bountysource is a funding platform for open-source software. Users can improve the open-source projects they love by creating/collecting bounties and pledging to fundraisers.
Bounties’ are funded by users that want to see particular open issues or feature requests addressed. These users spread the word about the bounty, enticing developers to create a solution.
Developers create solutions and submit them to Bountysource. Bountysource tracks these solutions, sees which one gets accepted by the open-source project, and then pays the bounty to the developer.
Fundraisers’ can be created by anyone. Open-source fundraisers are typically used to raise money for new projects, big updates to existing projects, or to raise money for bounties.
The Fundraiser creator spreads the word about the Fundraiser to their communities. Anyone can make a pledge to a Fundraiser, helping it reach its funding goal in time..
Pozible is a crowdfunding platform and community for novel, creative projects and ideas. It allows project creators to present their ideas to a connected audience worldwide and receive financial support from people who like their ideas.
Pozible was launched on May 5, 2010, and is based in Melbourne, Australia.. .
FormDs.com helps investors, journalists, and analysts filter the hundreds of daily SEC Form D filings to find the most relevant business fundings. The company provides custom filters that sort fundings based on geographic proximity, amount of money raised, industry, and type of funding (equity versus debt).
FormDs recently partnered with Mass High Tech to provide a daily funding widget for all Mass High Tech visitors. The company is profitable and based in San Francisco..
Celery is the easiest way to accept credit cards now and charge when you’re ready. Celery’s founding team previously built e-commerce and mobile experiences for LinkedIn, Groupon, and Foursquare.
Celery believes that every maker has the potential to turn a dream into a business. Pre-orders play a crucial role in funding those innovations and the future depends on the creation of these innovative companies..
DreamFunded is a world-class equity crowdfunding platform providing exclusive insider access to seed- and later-stage private companies. The real estate investing used to be only for accredited investors.
On the DreamFunded platform, anyone can review/browse real estate investment opportunities, select a dollar amount to invest, and complete their investment transaction online. It allows them to choose from a large pool of investment opportunities to ensure that only the opportunities make it to their platform for investment..
Tilt. com is a free and simple way for individuals to collect money with a group, while enterprise tools like Tilt Pro allow businesses to host, brand, and customize their own crowdfunding experience.
We all love doing things as a group. Like most experiences, it’s not what you do – it’s the people you do it with that really matters.
So at Tilt, we’re excited to be building software that makes pooling resources with a group just a little bit easier. Since 2012, over 500,000 groups have used Tilt to turn their ideas, large and small, into reality.
Our users have done a lot to make us proud, from thousands of tailgates, fantasy football leagues, and party buses, all the way to sending the Jamaican Bobsled Team to the Sochi Olympics, fundraising the construction of an entire elementary school in India, and bringing the Foo Fighters to perform in their home town. Tilt – make something happen!.
Watsi is a crowdsourcing platform that enables individual donors to directly fund medical care for patients in developing countries who can’t afford to do so. The funds the non-profit collects are transferred entirely to the patients through PayPal as the organization’s own costs are covered separately.
With automatic monthly donations, donors receive a monthly email introducing them to the patient they supported along with an update after they receive care. Watsi was founded in 2011 and is based in Mountain View, California..
Startwise makes revenue sharing investment deals accessible to everyone. Startwise is a revenue sharing marketplace where everyone regardless of their income and investment expertise can become an investor in companies they care about, starting just $100.
The model is simple: invest a $100 into a deal, the company will then pay a fixed % of revenue every 3 months until you have reached the maximum payout in a range between $110 – $250 depending on deal terms. Empower people, not banks.
Investing made simple.. .
GrapeSeed creates brands in partnership with leading winemakers. Brands are offered exclusively to our member community who fund projects by paying a monthly subscription fee.
The subscription fee accrues in the members account, and is used to select and acquire wines. Members are rewarded with unprecedented access to winemakers, wine country experiences, sneak previews of upcoming releases and other “owner-like” benefits.
Wines ship direct to members, cutting out the middlemen. From a business perspective GrapeSeed is a luxury brand incubator.
Our addressable market is the top 10% of wine drinkers – the luxury wine consumer. This segment accounts for 3.4B in sales annually.
We guarantee the highest degree of quality for our member’s by partnering exclusively with winemakers validated by Wine Spectator or Wine Advocate (Parker). Access, exclusivity, transparency and authenticity will drive value for our members..
WeFinance lets borrowers create loan listings describing themselves and their borrowing needs in their own words, and then helps them market those listings to potential lenders with savings, including regular people in their own network. Pledging takes a minute, and they handle all the transactions in both directions with no additional work or having to remember to repay.
Borrowers save money, lenders get a good return with low risk, both sides feel great about helping people in their network save money.. .
RealtyReturns is democratizing real estate investing by allowing investors to invest in real estate using cryptocurrency. The integration of the blockchain into the traditional real estate investing model provides asset-back token and liquidity to investors all across the globe.
We Provide: + Cross Border Investing + Liquidity for Real Estate + Reduction in Cryptocurrency Market Volatility) Our members include individual investors (both accredited and non-accredited), family offices, institutional investors, registered investment advisors, hedge funds, banks, asset managers and private equity funds. Our partners and advisors are among the biggest and most successful developers and landowners in Northern California, Washington and Arizona..
Go Fish Marketplace, Inc.
We invented a new form of Crowdfunding that finances the scaling up of any eCommerce site in exchange for promised profits generated by the customers. We call it “Customer Crowdfunding.
It is “far” better than Equity Crowdfunding where an investor must wait 2 years for liquidity – at Go Fish income begins right away.. .
Ultimatum empowers you to take control and create political and social change. Influence the causes you care about and make a difference.
We’re not just a donation website. We are not just another petition.
We are here to help you create real change. What’s your Ultimatum?.
Scholars.shop allows students to raise money for their education through crowdfunding and scholarships. Scholars.shop allows any individual and organization to create mission driven scholarship.
The site then markets the scholarship through an easily searchable database, hosts the application built by the sponsor, and allows for easy award selection by our built in CRM for applications. Scholars.shop makes creating a custom scholarship easy for sponsors and offers students an all in one place to raise money for their education..
CrowdFund Beat Media Group
CrowdFund Beat Media International is an online source of news, information, events and resources for crowdfunding. We e-publish latest news and expert view related to the crowdfunding industry in the USA, Canada, UK, Italy, Germany, France, Holland and coming soon in Spain, Australia, Japan and China on a daily basis.
With support of a group of crowdfunding professionals and experts, We are including an editorial column to our journal, in order to present a better perceptive on this new industry to our readers. At crowdfundbeat.com we think of our effort as an educational and informative service to the crowdfunding community, and appreciate your suggestions to make our work more helpful and efficient.
CrowdDefend is a crowdfunding platform for the legal space. CrowdDefend is a crowdfunding platform dedicated to balancing the scales of justice.
The company believes that it’s time that people should have a say in legal issues that matters.. .
Beehive is a nonprofit open source initiative bringing together humanitarian organizations, tech volunteers, private sector companies, foundations and individuals. We’re working together to build a unique new crowdfunding platform for the humanitarian community that humanitarian organizations can collectively own, innovatively improve and use to practice reporting their needs in real-time.
Beehive is essentially a test-bed developing ways of making Humanitarian Crowdfunding better. It’s is a United Nations conceived initiative modeled on open source projects like Linux, Hadoop and Python, that’s presently being developed, scaled and proven outside of the UN.
We’ve got a beta platform online and currently we’re testing it with some limited usage while we’re working on developing and launching our second generation platform.. .
Social product testing disrupts the current launch process by getting products in the hands of users instead of the press or experts. Fresh connects brands with an engaged audience that review new products.
Consumer reviews are preferred by a 3-to-1 margin over expert reviews. But, there’s a void in the marketplace for a growing class of products for which there are no consumer reviews.
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Powerfunder is a platform that enables ANYBODY, anywhere to become an investor in the most viable projects and businesses in developing countries. Current SEC regulations in the USA do not allow average citizens to invest into startups and businesses.
Powerfunder seeks to disrupt this beauracratic process by focusing on promoting projects and businesses constituted outside US soil which causes these SEC restraints to become obsolete. Powerfunder uses a crowdfunding model in which only the most viable projects and businesses originated in developing countries can become investment opportunities.
Powerfunder offers the potential investors relevant data on the promoted projects so that an informed investment decision can be made. The cutting edge information system incorporated in Powerfunder also allows and provides the tools so that: 1.
The entrepreneurs and project leaders have a tool to handle the companies accounting and finances online as well as an effective communication 2 The investor can keep track of his investment and can communicate directly and participate with the entrepreneurs. Through Powerfunder great business ideas have an opportunity to get started, people anywhere can invest and be part of something that will generate a return, and last but not the least…the implementation of new projects and businesses in a developing country can help bring jobs and economic growth to less fortunate societies..
GridShare is an independent online funding platform for renewable energy projects and cleantech companies. It is totally free to browse offerings and invest in a renewable energy project or cleantech company on their platform.
For issuers, a listing fee applies. Click here to learn more about their prices.
Click here to learn about the requirements for listing an offering on GridShare.. .
Fundality is the first crowdfunding site dedicated to women entrepreneurship and business. We are a creative entrepreneurial marketplace; pairing innovative ideas with visionary investors.
There are no shortage of places to invest in inspiring new companies with amazing products & ideas. Fundality is similar to other crowdfunding companies on the web but instead of opening up our services to any company seeking funding we focus on woman entreprenuers and their passions.
Fundality brings investors and startups together in a unique partnership. Facilitating the link of supply with demand, Fundality leverages crowdsourcing into startup investment funding.
Empowering the average person to invest in a startup with the money they may have used for a lottery ticket or a dinner out will open new possibilities to consider for investing money.. .
CloudFunded is the site to buy and sell shares of local and sustainable businesses. CloudFunded launched its funding platform in response to the following questions: Shouldn’t it be easier to invest close to home? What if you could raise capital from your friends and community? What if you could put our money to work, invested in businesses you know and trust? What would it be like if as one of these businesses having your communities and customers invest in your success? At CloudFunded, we believe that the platforms that take shape in response to the new Crowdfunding Act are going to determine the nature of this emerging market, how well it is received, how well it grows, the beneficial impact it has, and the new opportunities it creates.
The JOBS Act of 2012, which includes the Crowdfunding Act, allows the general public in the US to openly invest in private equity and securities for the first time in over 80 years. It is about to create a vast new market of investing opportunity, so there are naturally players entering the field who are simply motivated by the business opportunity.
This is all well and good, but we must have at least one serious player in the emerging crowdfinancing space that is wholly motivated by the original purpose of the law change – to democratize access to capital, to allow people to put their money to work in main street businesses, in places where they can see the impact of their money at work. We are making good on the promise of the Crowdfunding Act to allow entrepreneurs to fund new businesses with broad public support and give a real financial return to the bold folks who step forward to support them.
CloudFunded lets you connect with and support projects that are making the world a better place. You can find and fund projects in a local area, browse the site, or get alerts from your friends and networks of trust.
Projects offer great rewards to their funders. And when the Crowdfunding Act goes into effect, you will be able to fund projects that may even give you your money back and more!.
RonStone Creative is an award-winning PR and full-service marketing agency with a passion for crowdfunding. We’re full service which means we’ve got you covered on pre-launch and content right through to social media & PR.
Our services include; – Influencer Marketing – PR Hacking – Unique Super Backer Approach – Facebook Ads – Landing Pages & Funnels. .
Business Summary: Boutique creative agency providing Crowdfunding campaign development and delivery. IndieFund.It assists companies in all facets of campaign definition, planning, pre- launch, launch and post-launch activities.
IndieFund.It brings together a team providing social media strategy, media production, campaigner production, business planning, strategic marketing and crowdfunding expertise. Product/Services: IndieFund.It specializes in crowdfunding campaign development & execution.
Additional services are often required, such as: Strategic & Tactical Marketing ‣ Market Research & Competitive Analysis ‣ Media Planning, Coordination & Production ‣ Social Media Presence & Management ‣ Audience Development & Management ‣ Business Planning ‣ Business Model Development ‣ Corporate Coaching Customer problem: IndieFund.It solves the problem that many small businesses and individuals have in creating a compelling and successful crowdfunding campaign. IndieFund.it promotes access to capital for small business..
TheCrowdCafe publishes research, data and news on the global crowdinvesting industry. Their primary focus is investment-based crowdfunding, including equity, debt and royalty-based marketplaces.
They’re excited about the shift of private capital markets from offline to on; top-down to bottom-up; and most importantly, exclusive to inclusive.. .
SMGO.tv is the first “fan-funded” online network/media exchange. Instead of raising money through capital market we use rewards based crowdfunding to purchase or discount the purchase of new high-production-value content.
We focus on recently cancelled TV Shows and harnessing the passion that Fans have for TV characters and story. We believe the market will experience a movement towards smaller niche shows away from larger blockbusters and we believe that users pre-paying and/or having an interactive element is the future of the entertainment industry..
Willcrest Partners is a San Francisco-based private investment firm with long-term capital from family office investors. The firm is focused on providing equity capital to B2B businesses in the Western U.S.
With a team of company builders, entrepreneurs and investors, the members of Willcrest seek active partnerships with high quality, growing companies.. .
Xeelion: Crowdfunding, efficiently! Xeelion is the crowdfunding platform for U.S. students.
It provides services to perform fundraising efficiently and connects entrepreneurs and investors with an exclusive device-friendly platform. It only allows scientific projects which meet requirements of sustainability in high-growth fields like IT, cleantech, life science, healthcare, medical devices, and mobile..
Thoughtful.org is a celebrity endorsement platform with a purpose, contributing a minimum 10% gross revenue to social and environmental causes. Based in San Francisco California, Thoughtful Media Inc.
is a California Benefit Corporation (aka “B-Corp”). Similar to the outdoor clothing company Patagonia, also a B-Corp.
Thoughtful.org’s mission is to work with celebrities, brands, and causes, to make the world a better place.. .
CureFunders is the crowdfunding platform for life science businesses. The company seeks to drive life science innovation by democratizing access to capital and by enabling individuals to invest in companies working on the causes they care about.
Our Mission is to build a place where people inspire and unite to fulfill wishes and goals. It’s not just a gift, It’s Your Goal! Our vision is to be the ultimate social commerce network, allowing people to make purchases and share stories that cannot be conveyed in traditional retail environments.
Our efficient end-to-end solution combines the best of discovery, crowdfunding, and e-commerce. Download the app.
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