Georgia Tech Starter is the world’s first peer-reviewed, university-based crowdfunding platform for science and engineering projects. It is a platform for students, scientists, and engineers to engage directly with the world wide community, and to receive market feedback on their projects. GaTechStarter is also an experiment to see if the world is ready for a more active role in the scientific process.
Q: Who can post projects to Georgia Tech Starter?
Currently, only members of the Georgia Institute of Technology community can post projects to Georgia Tech Starter. This is part of the vetting process that ensures project creators are good stewards of your pledges. Every member of the Georgia Tech community has an assigned ID that is connected to their true identity.
Q: Will I ever be able to post projects to Georgia Tech Starter?
Possibly. For now, only members of the Georgia Tech community can. However, if our model for crowdfunding with peer-review is successful, we may incorporate other academic institutions, or help other academic institutions adopt a similar model.
Q: Why don’t I get to buy anything, or get tangible rewards, like on Kickstarter?
We are a not for profit, state academic institution. While we offer receipts for tax purposes, we do not offer tangible rewards at this time. We believe that the internet community members that come to our site and pledge our projects do so because they want greater involvement in the scientific process, and they want to affect a positive change on their future by helping fund underfunded scientific endeavors today. Often, the results of these projects do not come in the form of a product, but rather, a scientific or engineering result.
Q: If I donate to a project, when do I get to take a deduction on my taxes?
The tax year that is on your receipt reflects the year you may be able to apply the deduction. This is the date that the project reaches its funding goal and your credit card is charged, which may be different from the date you first pledged the project. Please consult with your tax advisor to see if you are eligible for deductions.
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