Kickstarter Opens Crowdfunding Platform to Many Industries, But Not Digital Health

Last week, crowdfunding platform Kickstarter posted new rules officially expanding its base from arts-related projects to a host of other companies, including IT firms. However, the new rules explicitly exclude health-related technology from the site's expanded scope.  

According to the new rules, companies or developers working on "any item claiming to cure, treat, or prevent an illness or condition (whether via a device, app, book, nutritional supplement, or other means)," may not raise funds for their project on Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is one of the largest online crowdfunding platforms. Its projects have raised more than $1 billion since the site launched in 2009.

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