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The Study Consortium* is proud to announce the release of the Study “Assessing the potential for crowdfunding and other forms of alternative finance (AF) to support research and innovation” which was initiated by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD).

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As part of the study key stakeholders participate in focus groups discussing key issues and opportunities for development of crowdfunding (CF) for R&I in Europe. Let’s shed a light on some of the preliminary findings!

CF for research and innovation: what’s the difference anyway?

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At 21%, Europe is the world’s largest market for alternative finance behind Northern America and Asia. European crowdfunding platforms raised €3 billion in 2014, while going much stronger in 2015 with €7 billion in 2015. Crowdfunding provides funding for a variety of projects: from artistic endeavours to philanthropic causes. But what is the potential of crowdfunding for research and innovation?

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This policy brief summarizes the key issues and questions addressed by the study.

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