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Minnesota loves crowdfunding: Top 10 current Kickstarters

The Spark Core, a successful Minnesota Kickstarter tech project
The Spark Core, a successful Minnesota Kickstarter tech project
Spark Devices

Minnesota loves technology, so says a recent study out of the University of Toronto. According to the research, our state is the third-highest financier of tech-related Kickstarter projects in the nation, bested only by the givens: New York and California.

In a paper published earlier this month, titled "Economics of Crowdfunding," management students Ajay Agrawal, Christian Catalini, and Avi Goldfarb explored the "simple economics of crowdfunding" in the U.S. The research project heavily focused on Kickstarter, the company who took crowdfunding to the internet.

The  essay explores the genre preferences of Kickstarter users around the U.S. through a topic-by-topic breakdown. When it comes to technology, Minnesota is the unexpected heavyweight.


But don't be too surprised; Minnesota seems to actively support tech-related projects on a regular basis. Just last week, two Minnesota-based Kickstarter projects were successful in their crowdfunding campaigns. The Spark Core, by Minneapolis company Spark Devices, and the Transit App for the Twin Cities by Eric James have joined the ranks of triumphant Minnesota Kickstarters.

The following are 10 other great projects.

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Minnesota loves crowdfunding: Top 10 current Kickstarters

The Mississippi Food Project

This project, by Andrew Schaust and Erin Ahlstrom, will feature a video cookbook traveling the length of the Mississippi River while investigating the "culinary essence" of place.


Minnesota loves crowdfunding: Top 10 current Kickstarters

The Lantern of Truth by Verona

This project will culminate in a 300-page book filled with short stories and artwork from a group of inspired local teenagers with a passion for writing.

Minnesota loves crowdfunding: Top 10 current Kickstarters

Cultural Identity Mural Project by Greta McLain

The youth and residents of Central neighborhood will create a monumental mural on Green Central school depicting a unique and personal blend of cultural identities.

Minnesota loves crowdfunding: Top 10 current Kickstarters

Zaiynah's Grandma Mobile Pastry by Lisa Leigh

A local grandmother is making vegan, gluten free, and classic pastries from local ingredients. Should this Kickstarter succeed, she will share them with others using a new food truck.


A Midsummer Night's Dream, a Parking Lot Production by Rachel Brady

Young adults with a passion for acting will produce a live-action and puppet hybrid performance of this classic Shakespeare play in a local parking lot.

 

Minnesota loves crowdfunding: Top 10 current Kickstarters

Mixed Precipitation and Picnic Operetta

The popular Picnic Operetta is returning with Beethoven's "Agent Fidelio" in a quaint park setting while audience members enjoy a relaxed meal on the grass. They're hoping to raise funds for the freewill donation events, as feeding 3,000+ people each summer can be a challenge.

Minnesota loves crowdfunding: Top 10 current Kickstarters

Help Build the Artists' Quarter at the West Bank Festival! by Jamie Schumacher

A group of visual artists will establish an indoor and well-lit area for artists to interact and promote themselves at the annual West Bank Festival.

Minnesota loves crowdfunding: Top 10 current Kickstarters

Renaissance Festival Podcast - Bristol Invasion

Two men will brave the full extent of the top-ranked Bristol Renaissance Festival to create a podcast including interviews, reviews, and stories from the fair.

Minnesota loves crowdfunding: Top 10 current Kickstarters


Fitzgerald Social Razz by Office of Johnston

Later this summer, the James J. Hill house will throw a Roaring '20s themed social affair for the whole family, authentically celebrating this time in history and F. Scott Fitzgerald himself.

Minnesota loves crowdfunding: Top 10 current Kickstarters

The Create Space - Art Studio for Everyone by Rachel Navaro

This artists' studio will be open to kids and adults 24-hours a day so that creative types can play and create using their imaginations at anytime.

All of these projects are currently accepting donations. Some have only a few days left before their fundraising deadline, so go do something nice for your fellow creative type and hold up Minnesota's good Kickstarter name.

You can read an online copy of the 46-page crowdfunding and Kickstarter report here.


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