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May 2, 2014

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UCLan’s crowdfunding site – – held its first project readiness course this week, bringing new project concepts together with business experts and crowdfunding advisors.

A new project from UCLan Innovation and Enterprise and the Media Innovation Studio, seeks to provide university students, staff and alumni with a crowdfunding platform capable of making business ideas and projects a reality.

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An increasing popular way of bringing concepts to market, crowdfunding allows concepts to be brought in front of the public, who are able to ‘back’ ideas they like. Sometimes this investment can be just a few pounds, or it take the form of more substantial backing.

In the first Crowdfunding Readiness Course, UCLan project champion Peter Leather, took three projects though the basics of planning, budgeting and marketing. They also got to meet with experienced venture capitalist Darren Gowling, who guided them though making their project attractive to potential investors.

Charlie Craven, who is coordinating the launch of, said: “The wonderful thing about is that ideas get to meet expertise.”

“The projects we have on board are as wide and a varied as ‘the sun at night’ installation, which aims to bring the beauty of out sun down to earth, a motion capture suite that will being state of the art cinema technology to UCLan and a Mediation Clinic for students and staff that will help solve disputes on campus.”

More information can be found at the site, Facebook and Twitter feeds.

“With the expertise and guidance they receive though the crowdfunding readiness course they each have a fantastic chance of raising the funds they need to get their idea off the ground,” Craven added.

If you have an idea for a project or a business and want to try and raise money through crowdfunding, email or log on to to see how we can help.

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