Webinar: Civic crowdfunding – finance local projects with citizens, 19 June 2018


Civic crowdfunding and match-funding practices are becoming more and more popular and first best practice examples demonstrate their impact. Combining crowdfunding with traditional sources of finance can lead to innovative financing models especially for public authorities and citizens. In the past couple of years, there have been already some successful examples of partnerships between crowdfunding platforms and regional/local authorities. Such cooperation called match-funding helps to boost projects that might not be a priority for the public authorities but are needed for local communities. However, match-funding is not being used to its full potential yet and therefore, we are inviting experts from civic crowdfunding platforms to share their success stories and engage in a discussion on how such cooperation can be improved.

The webinar will take place on 19 June 2018, 4:00 PM CEST.

Target Group: Public authorities, regions, municipalities, intermediaries, public institutions, charities, local initiatives and everyone else interested in increasing civic participation.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • What is civic crowdfunding/match-funding?
  • How innovative financing models create local impact?
  • How to increase civic engagement with crowdfunding?
  • Best practices on financing local initiatives
  • Insights of cities combining crowdfunding and public funding for local projects


Want to learn more about civic crowdfunding? Join ECN CrowdCamp in Bologna, 28-29 June 2018.

Find the full version of the agenda, registration and more information here. 

Further information:

The European Crowdfunding Network has set up a working group and published a white paper. Please find the information here: https://eurocrowd.winball2.de/work-groups/european-structural-investment-funds/


Dr. Conny Weber is Senior Research Analyst at the European Crowdfunding Network (Belgium) and teaching about Financing Innovation at the Danube University Krems (Austria). Her work and research topics are mainly related to innovative business models and alternative financing instruments, enhancing access to finance for entrepreneurs and SMEs. By authoring and co-authoring studies, he provides policy recommendations in the field of crowdfunding to public authorities, such as the Austrian Ministry of Economy or the European Commission by authoring and contributing to different studies.

She holds a degree in information science from Saarland University (Germany). And a PhD in business studies from Karl-Franzens University Graz (Austria).

Kerstin is Innovation Manager at Startnext, the largest German crowdfunding platform. She is responsible for designing new concepts to combine crowdfunding and traditional funding. Kerstin holds a degree in urban planning and worked for Deutsche Bank’s corporate development department before joining Startnext.

European Crowdfunding Network

The European Crowdfunding Network AISBL (ECN) is the professional network promoting adequate transparency, (self) regulation and governance while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building, incorporated as an international not-for-profit organization in Brussels, Belgium. We support our members in carrying initiatives aimed at innovating, representing, promoting and protecting the European crowdfunding industry. We aim to increase the understanding of the key roles that crowdfunding can play in supporting entrepreneurship of all types and its role in funding the creation and protection jobs, the enrichment of European society, culture and economy, and the protection of our environment. In that capacity we help developing professional standards, providing industry research, as well as, professional networking opportunities in order to facilitate interaction between our members and key industry participants. On behalf of our members, the ECN will maintain a dialogue with public institutions and stakeholders as well as the media at European, international and national levels.


Startnext is the largest crowdfunding platform for ideas, projects and startups in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Entrepreneurs, inventors and creative people present their ideas and fund them with the support of many people.

Startnext statistics:

  • 54,125,465 € funded by the crowd
  • 6,008 successful projects
  • 900.000 users



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