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After +10,000 hours of hard work, sleepless nights and shit load of Redbull! Here we are, high fiving and hugging but most importantly accepting cool projects.
Please take your time to read how JumpStart Africa works, once that’s doneKeep only one thing in mind “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

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How JumpStart Africa Works

What is Jumpstart Africa?

JumpStart Africa is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to fashion, design, technology and Craft. JumpStart Africa is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others to empower African entrepreneurs.

How does JumpStart Africa work?

Each project is independently created and crafted by the person/team behind it. The engineers, filmmakers, musicians, and designers you see on JumpStart Africa have complete control and responsibility over their projects. They spend weeks building their project pages, shooting their videos, and brainstorming what rewards to offer backers. When they're ready, creators launch their project and share it with their community.

Every project creator sets their project's funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on JumpStart Africa is all-or-nothing.

Why is funding all-or-nothing?

All-or-nothing funding is a core part of JumpStart Africa and it has a number of advantages:

It's less risk for everyone. If you need $5,000, it's tough having $1,000 and a bunch of people expecting you to complete a $5,000 project. It motivates. If people want to see a project come to life, they're going to spread the word. It works. Of the projects that have reached 20% of their funding goal, 82% were successfully funded. Of the projects that have reached 60% of their funding goal, 98% were successfully funded. Projects either make their goal or find little support. There's little in-between. To date.

Can JumpStart Africa be used to fund anything?

We allow creative & innovative projects in the worlds of Art, Comics, Design, Fashion, Film, Games, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology and Craft. Everything on JumpStart Africa must be a project. A project has a clear goal, like making an album, a gadget, or a work of art. A project will eventually be completed, and something will be produced by it. JumpStart Africa does not allow charity, cause, or 'fund my life' projects. Check out our project guidelines for details.

Does JumpStart Africa screen projects before they launch?

Only a quick review to make sure they meet our project guidelines. JumpStart Africa does not investigate a creator's ability to complete their project. Backers ultimately decide the validity and worthiness of a project by whether they decide to fund it. See the Accountability section for more.

Why do people back projects?

A lot of backers are rallying around their friends' projects. Some are supporting people they've long admired or want to contribute to a better Africa. Many are just inspired by a new idea. Others are inspired by a project's rewards — a copy of what's being made, a limited edition, or a custom experience related to the project. Backing a project is more than just giving someone money, it's supporting their dream to create something that they want to see exist in the world.

Where do backers come from?

In most cases, the majority of funding initially comes from the fans and friends of each project. If they like it, they'll spread the word to their friends, and so on. Press, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and JumpStart Africa itself are also big sources of traffic and pledges. JumpStart Africa estimates that most foreign contributions will come from North America and Europe.

Do backers get ownership or equity in the projects they fund?

No. Project creators keep 100% ownership of their work. JumpStart Africa cannot be used to offer financial returns or equity, or to solicit loans.

Many projects that are funded on JumpStart Africa will turn into businesses, creating jobs and boosting local economies.

What are the fees?

If a project is successfully funded, JumpStart Africa applies a 10% fee to the funds collected.

Pledges will be processed securely through a third-party payments processor. These payment processing fees work out to roughly 3%.

Who is JumpStart Africa?

JumpStart Africa is a US based company, Headquartered in San Francisco, California.

We're a team of 8, our passion for entrepreneurship and our continent is what brought us together.

We spend our time making the site better, answering questions from backers and creators, and finding great new projects to share with you. Every day is an adventure — we get to experience projects as they happen! Say hello or come work with us!

Who is responsible for completing a project as promised?

It's the project creator's responsibility to complete their project. JumpStart Africa is not involved in the development of the projects themselves.

JumpStart Africa does not guarantee projects or investigate a creator's ability to complete their project. On JumpStart Africa, backers (you!) ultimately decide the validity and worthiness of a project by whether they decide to fund it.

How do backers know if a project will follow through?

Launching a JumpStart Africa campaign is a very public act, and creators put their reputations at risk when they do.

Backers should look for creators who share a clear plan for how their project will be completed and who have a history of doing so. Creators are encouraged to share links and as much background information as possible so backers can make informed decisions about the projects they support.

If a creator has no demonstrable experience in doing something like their project or doesn't share key information, backers should take that into consideration. Does the creator include links to any websites that show work related to the project, or past projects? Does the creator appear in the video? Have they connected via Facebook?

Don't hesitate to request information from a creator. You can always reach out before pledging via the 'Contact me' button on the project page.

How do I know a project creator is who they claim they are?

Perhaps you know the project creator, or you heard about the project from a trusted source.

Maybe they have a first-person video. That would be hard to fake. 'Is it really U2?!' Well, it is if Bono's talking about the project.

Still not sure? Look for the creator bio section on the project page. Are they Facebook Connected? Do they provide links for further verification? The web is an invaluable resource for learning more about a person.

At the end of the day, use your internet street smarts.

What should creators do if they're having problems completing their project?

If problems come up, creators are expected to post a project update (which is emailed to all backers) explaining the situation. Sharing the story, speed bumps and all, is crucial. Most backers support projects because they want to see something happen and they'd like to be a part of it. Creators who are honest and transparent will usually find backers to be understanding.

It's not uncommon for things to take longer than expected. Sometimes the execution of the project proves more difficult than the creator had anticipated. If a creator is making a good faith effort to complete their project and is transparent about it, backers should do their best to be patient and understanding while demanding continued accountability from the creator.

If the problems are severe enough that the creator can't fulfill their project, creators need to find a resolution. Steps could include offering refunds, detailing exactly how funds were used, and other actions to satisfy backers.

Is a creator legally obligated to fulfill the promises of their project?

Yes. JumpStart Africa's Terms of Use require creators to fulfill all rewards of their project or refund any backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill. We crafted these terms to create a legal requirement for creators to follow through on their projects, and to give backers a recourse if they don't. We hope that backers will consider using this provision only in cases where they feel that a creator has not made a good faith effort to complete the project and fulfill.

Can JumpStart Africa refund the money if a project is unable to fulfill?

No. JumpStart Africa doesn't issue refunds as transactions are between backers and creators, and creators receive all funds (after fees) soon after their campaign ends. Creators have the ability to refund backers using PayPal or other methods they mutually agreed on.

Why can't JumpStart Africa guarantee projects?

We started JumpStart Africa as a new way for creators in Africa and audiences worldwide to work together to make things. The traditional funding systems are risk-averse and profit-focused, and tons of great ideas never get a chance. We thought JumpStart Africa could open the door to a much wider variety of ideas and allow everyone to decide what they wanted to see exist in the world.

JumpStart Africa is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative ideas. Many of the projects you see on JumpStart Africa are in earlier stages of development and are looking for a community to bring them to life. The fact that JumpStart Africa allows creators to take risks and attempt to create something new is a feature, not a bug.

What is JumpStart Africa doing about fulfillment?

To improve accountability and fulfillment. We require creators to list an 'Estimated Delivery Date' for all rewards. This was done to make creators think hard about when they could deliver, and to underline that JumpStart Africa is not a traditional shopping experience.

We also added additional guidelines and requirements for Product Design and Technology projects. These include requiring creators to provide information about their background and experience, a manufacturing plan (for hardware projects), and a functional prototype. We made this change to ensure that creators have done their research before launching and backers have sufficient information when deciding whether to back these projects.

We've also allocated more staff to trust and safety. We look into projects reported by our community for guidelines violations and suspicious activity, and we take action when necessary. These efforts are focused on fraud and acceptable uses of JumpStart Africa, not a creator's ability to complete a project and fulfill. On JumpStart Africa, backers ultimately decide the validity and worthiness of a project by whether they decide to fund it.