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Guidelines for starters

Here you find an overview who can start projects on Startnext.

Crowdfunding for projects

Startnext is a crowdfunding platform for artistsinventors, founders and creative people. Your project should fit into one of the following categories: art, audio book, comic, community, cultural education, design, event, fashion, food, games, invention, journalism, literature, film/video, photography, music, social business, technology, theatre.

A project always has a beginning and an end. It needs to have a clear goal, and something new always needs to be created. Examples of projects are: producing a movie or an album, an invention or creating a new product.

Some examples of what can not be funded: "Fund my life" projects (like college tuition or vocational training), private events or traveling expenses, charity projects, purchases of technical equipment, marketing costs etc.

Crowdinvesting for startups

For cooperatives, social businesses and startups from the creative industries Startnext offers the possibility to use crowdinvesting. Crowdinvesting projects are curated by Startnext.

Who can start a project?

Currently, projects can only be started by persons residing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In addition, it is also possible for companies, associations, foundations or other organizations to use Startnext to fund their projects.

Starters should be at least 18 years old. If you are under 18, it is possible for you to start a project together with a legal representative after consulting with us. 

What else is there to keep in mind?

  • Starter verification
    We are legally obliged to verify your identity in order for you to be able to collect money.
  • Use your real name
    Each starter is shown with his or her real name and a personal photo both on project page and starter profile.
  • Documentation of projects
    For adequate documentation and transparency purposes, once a supporter has financially supported a project, the project can no longer be deleted from the Startnext platform.
  • Copyright
    The contents of your project can not violate German law, be racist, obscene, or offensive. Projects containing copyright violation will be removed from the platform immediately. So please check up on all relevant legal issues beforehand.
  • Pitch video
    Each starter presents himself and his project personally in the form of a pitch video.
  • Startnext logo 
    Crowdfunding works best when we get as many people as possible to participate. By using the Startnext logo with the slogan "Crowdfunded using Startnext" (i.e. printing it on your rewards or on the finished product) you can help to make the crowdfunding movement even bigger.

Community guidelines

Spread your idea but don't spam

  • Don’t promote a project on another project’s sites. Comments of this type will be erased by us.
  • Sharing your project with your friends, fans and followers is important, but don’t send out masse emails to users you don’t know or supporters from other projects.

Be respectful

  • Please refrain from insults of any kind and do not post content that is obscene, racist or offensive. Comments of this nature will be deleted immediately.
  • If you don’t like a project, then don’t support it. But don’t post insults or disrespectful comments on that project’s wall.
We reserve the right to block or delete your profile, if you breach any of these guidelines. Should you encounter a project or user who is violating our tems of use or anything mentioned in these guideline, we ask that you notify us about the violation immediately.