Crowdfunding is a simple way for people to raise money, awareness and support for great ideas, and Crowdfunder is the UK’s largest rewards-based network.

Plymouth is proud to be a founding partner of Crowdfunder. From helping to launch new products and publications, to raising funds for student initiatives, business start ups, theatre productions and charities, this partnership is delivering real economic and social value to organisations and individuals around the world. The pioneering Crowdfund Plymouth is making a real difference locally.

As a student, you'll experience benefits including:

  • unique University of Plymouth student internships, working with businesses on real crowdfunding projects, and exciting new undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities working with this pioneering company. See Shaune's case study.
  • a variety of exciting graduate jobs with Crowdfunder- join other University of Plymouth alumni already working with this expanding company. See Owen Wallis case study.
  • guest lectures from crowdfunding experts including Heather Forster who was our original Crowdfunder in Residence, providing lectures and workshops to staff, students. alumni, local businesses and communities.  

Crowdfunding Platform

Be inspired by both our and others current and successful Crowdfunding projects on the Crowdfund Plymouth Crowdfunding platform

Crowdfunder fundraising pack

Make the most out of the crowdfunding partnership between University of Plymouth and Crowdfunder, take a look through this pack and start creating your project online.

Download our fundraising pack

Owen Wallis – BSc (Hons) Media Lab Arts graduate

I headed to Cornwall to help start-up a company called, which has now grown to be the number one crowdfunding platform in the UK with the support of University of Plymouth.

Owen Wallis is now the Product Lead at having worked in Sydney and London for an advertising agency and a website production company

Read more about Owen

Crowdfunder in Residence and University of Plymouth alumna, Heather Forster

“Being Crowdfunder in Residence at the University was a fabulous experience. I’ve worked with every Faculty - world class professors one minute and first year students the next”.

Heather was our Crowdfunder in Residence until June 2016, by which time crowdfunding had become relatively well embedded within the University. Heather graduated from University of Plymouth with a degree in Environmental Science in 1985.

Read more about Heather 

Shaune Oosthuizen: student intern at Crowdfunder

At Crowdfunder I worked with the most talented and caring group of people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Every day was brilliant and they made my experience at Crowdfunder one I’ll always cherish.

BSc (Hons) Digital Art and Technology student Shaune Oosthuizen was the first University of Plymouth student to take up an internship at Crowdfunder.

Read more about Shaune's experience

Westcountry Hawks fundraising intern

University of Plymouth BSc (Hons) Economics student, Morwenna Dobson, won a Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Award in recognition of her fundraising for the Westcountry Hawks Wheelchair Rugby Club.

Working with Crowdfunder UK, Morwenna raised over £3,000 – enough to purchase a new chair to help fellow students on their way to achieving their Paralympic dreams with the Hawks.

Crowdfunding for Universities

As a founding partner of Crowdfunder, University of Plymouth recognises the pioneering nature of our partnership. Together we have led the UK higher education sector in the use of crowdfunding as a new and innovative fundraising platform.

Securing funding for a variety of student, alumni, academic, and community led projects.

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