Popular online funding platform Kickstarter is finally scheduled to make its debut in the United Kingdom on October 31, the company announced on Wednesday morning, and British startups can begin uploading their projects today in preparation for its launch.
“Beginning October 31, people in the United Kingdom will be able to launch their projects on Kickstarter,” Kickstarter said this morning. “Beginning today, people in the UK can get started building their projects by clicking on the ‘Start a new project’ button on the Start page and selecting the U.K. as their country. When we’re ready for projects to launch on October 31, we’ll send an email letting them know that they can hit the launch button whenever they’re ready.”
Kickstarter has already seen more than $350 million in pledges for more than 30,000 projects since it starting up in the United States back in April 2009. And this is the first time it will be going international.
The service will be almost identical to that offered in the U.S., the only difference being that those in the U.K. will be paid directly by Kickstarter, as opposed to using Amazon Payments. As for the rates, pledges less than £10 (approx. $16) are charged 5% + £0.05, while pledges of £10 or greater are charged 3% + £0.20.
Are you pleased that Kickstarter is finally coming to the U.K.?