Kickstarter opens up to creatives in the Netherlands

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Kickstarter announced yesterday that it’s accepting campaigns from the Netherlands. People in the country can now create their projects and submit them for the platform’s approval. Those that pass the screening process will be up and ready to accept funds on April 29.


It is the first solidly non-English speaking country that the platform is expanding to; the platform also accepts campaigns from Canada, where French is the official language alongside English. The other countries where Kickstarter operates are the US, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia.


Like for all other projects on Kickstarter, backers from across the world will be able to contribute to Dutch campaigns. However, in order to launch a campaign, a campaign owner needs to hail from one of the country where the platform currently operates. That’s because of Kickstarter’s partnership with Amazon Payments, which does not support non-US recipients, the platform explained back in 2009. In order to expand overseas, Kickstarter has been partnering with third-party payment processors.


The funding goals of Dutch projects will be listed in euros, and the platform said that those pledging from outside the Netherlands will see the approximate conversion rate to US dollars before completing the pledge.


The Netherlands is a relatively small country, with a population of just under 17 million. However, it’s got a fairly developed crowdfunding ecosystem thanks to platforms like Symbid and Gambitious. In order to promote its launch, Kickstarter is hosting educational events. The first is today, at 7pm Central European Time (1pm Eastern). It will be live-streamed here; any and all future events will be listed here.


Despite the country’s relatively small population, the Netherlands is a hotbed of creativity and artistic projects: a 2011 study co-authored by Richard Florida of the Martin Prosperity Institute found the country to rank tenth in the Global Creativity Index. So, it should be a good fit for Kickstarter.


There are a number of challenges that come up when expanding overseas, though, chief among them being the ability to service users in their native language. We’ve reached out to the platform with questions about yesterday’s news, and will update readers when we hear back.

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