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The Center for Crowdfunding Research at the University of Agder’s School of Business and Law is recognized as one of the leading centers for crowdfunding research and practice in Europe. The center is led by a team of passionate researchers standing at the forefront of alternative finance research, while being actively engaged in raising awareness, education and public debate.

Our research covers:

  • cognitive and psychological aspects of crowdfunding investment and non-investment behavior;
  • gender aspects in investor and fundraising behavior;
  • macro-level indicators of national crowdfunding market development and friendliness,
  • crowdfunding marketing strategies,
  • and predictors of crowdfunding campaign success.

Such research spans across both investment and non-investment models and platforms, as well as carried out in a variety of national and cultural contexts.

In addition to our research work, we have launched a unique educational program on crowdfunding, bringing together students, industry and crowdfunding platforms to solve real life scenarios and cases. The program enhances crowdfunding skills among recent graduates and participating organizations in industries where such competencies are needed for project development and execution.

Finally, our team is engaged in a variety of outreach activities. These include international training and educational seminars in multiple countries and institutions; the provision of expert advice to public hearings and debate; and the provision of guidance and support to individuals and organizations considering crowdfunding for their projects in a wide range of industries.

For more details, visit our web page

Members in the group

Associate members

  • Dr. Emmanuel James Chao, Mzumbe University, Tanzania
  • Dr Amile Buddhika Sirisena, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Liang Zhao, Leicester University, UK