There is a great article on Mashable this week that explains an overview on crowdfunding and explains the difference between all the micro funding types.
In April 2011, I helped Tweet Land Game out of Costa Rica with marketing, media and PR and ultimately to successfully raise the funding they needed to launch their first game ‘Tweet Land Game’ which is the first game in the world to merge tweets with real time game play. They used the popular U.S. crowdfunding program, KickStarter.com, however, in Latin America they have recently launched Idea Me which is a similar concept (offered in Spanish).
Check out The History of Crowdfunding Article
Omidyar Network intends to support Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente with a grant of up to $500k over three years.
The Chilean nonprofit creates technology platforms, including websites and mobile applications, to provide citizens access to easy-to-use, graphical information about their government. Citizens can learn about what issues will be debated in parliament, access the profiles and voting records of elected officials and learn about the demographic make up of the legislature. Future plans include creating online tools to learn about money’s influence in politics and government, as well as expansion to other Latin America countries.
Source: Omidyar Network Supports Technology-Centered Organizations Seeking to Empower Citizens Across Six Countries
Santiago, Chile – Organized by Incuba UC and Centro Innova Duoc UC, Chile Inventa 2011 mission is “Convert your invention into an innovation“. This challenge is aimed at increasing the transition of R&D results to the market.