July 3, 2013 · IGG

Oh, Canada! Indiegogo’s Toronto City Session


If you live or have spent time in Toronto, then you know Queen Street — a seemingly endless road of cool boutiques, restaurants, bars — and scores of students and creative types, flowing in and out the doors. It was a fitting location, therefore, for Indiegogo campaigners past and present along with members of the wider Toronto community to join the Indiegogo team for our inaugural City Session.

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It was a packed house last Wednesday evening at the Gladstone Hotel when co-founder Danae Ringelmann kicked things off with a big announcement — Indiegogo’s upcoming ability to process Canadian credit cards. Though we’ve been in Canada since we launched in 2008, this is a big step in further localizing for Canadians, making it easier than ever to fund what matters to them.


Danae’s introduction was followed by two Indiegogo-Canada-star-studded panels moderated by Indiegogo’s Adam Chapnick. Our panelists included campaigners from:


We were also excited to host Robert Cohen of the current campaign Being Canadian, which was very appropriate for a night that was All-Things-Canada. The panels (which you can view in their entirety, above) were packed with tips, tricks, and best practices for planning, running, and fulfilling crowdfunding campaigns — as well as some great stories about the Indiegogo experience.


The Gladstone proved to be a perfect venue for sharing pints and crowdfunding shop-talk after the panels ended. We ran into campaigners like Your Box Club and got product demos from Motes and Knix. We met people excited to start their Indiegogo campaigns and even ran into one of the co-founders of the Toronto International Film Festival, Bill Marshall. Things went late — crowdfunders apparently like to party — and as the writer of this post hunched over his first poutine (look it up) in the wee hours of the morning, it was no surprise, upon reflection, that such creative and inspiring crowdfunding campaigns are emerging from Toronto and all of Canada — given the amazing people we had just met.


Read more about Indiegogo’s big Canadian announcement — and catch up on all the great campaigns in Toronto! And if you’re in Montreal, meet the Indiegogo team next week!