- General issues
What is Armstarter.com?
It is a free online platform for creating, discussing and supporting projects related to the Armenian world. Armstarter gives everyone the opportunity to submit their ideas and attract the necessary resources of the Internet community for its implementation: knowledge, skills, finance and so on. Such cooperation of users for stating and solving different kinds of tasks is called crowdsourcing.
NB: Armstarter.com is just an online platform for presentations projects that are created by the site users and doesn't provide financial support for creators of the projects.
What is crowdsourcing?
It is the use of the resources of the collective Internet mind for solving certain problems and tasks. Crowdsourcing is often used as a tool to improve the quality of products/services by commercial and government companies that appeal to the “crowd” on a variety of issues. And the most famous crowdsourcing project, perhaps, is the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, the base of articles which is completed by ordinary users.
What are the costs of launching a project on Armstarter?
It’s absolutely free to create and launch a project on the website.
What is “School of crowdfunding” and other sections related to crowdfunding for?
Originally the site was developed as a crowdfunding portal, so some of the sections have functionality and content typical for such platforms. For example, in the project editor there is a tab on the design of perks for backers, and detailed step-by-step guide "School of crowdfunding" is accessible in Armenian for the newcomers to create and promote a crowd-campaign. The new strategy of Armstarter steps aside from the model of a crowdfunding platform, but the content in view of its relevance is still posted on the site.
What is rewards-based crowdfunding?
The rewards-based crowdfunding allows both using the resources of a large number of people and skipping the intermediate links between a creator and customers. A writer publishes a book at the expense of the readers who receive it as the author's reward for their support without any charges by publishers or bookshops. And that works for almost any other idea. Crowdfunding refers to the subtypes of crowdsourcing.
What projects are suitable for Armstarter?
Any, if they don’t contradict the rules of the platform. It is important to state not only the main idea of the project, but also the purpose of its publication: to find out people's opinions about your future product, gather a team for a startup, find investors, promote public initiative, etc. Armstarter is perfect for solving corporate problems. For example, an organization can launch a competition project for a new logo design or service or just ask about the quality of its services.
Can I raise funds for my project on Armstarter?
You can design a crowdfunding project on Armstarter but you will have to accept payments through a third-party service and put a link to it in the project description. At present, Armstarter.com and its administration does not accept or transfer payments.
Why do users need Armstarter?
- It allows communicating and collaborating directly with the project creators.
- It gives an opportunity to be a part of a new product/service creation.
What does Armenia and the Diaspora need Armstarter for?
- It contributes to consolidation of the active part of the Armenian Diaspora around interesting and promising ideas from Armenia or related to Armenians.
- It gives a tool for direct interaction between creators and backers.
- Every project is someone's dream. Investment in a dream is investment in a person and the future of the country.
Why do creators need Armstarter?
This is an opportunity to present yourself and your idea to an active audience and, depending on the stated goals, get feedback, potential supporters, references in the media and, as a consequence, a chance to implement your own project.
Armstarter get intellectual property rights?
No, it doesn’t. All rights to the idea and original content belong to the project creator.
Who is responsible for fulfilling the obligations to users?
The entire responsibility for fulfilling the terms of a project lies with a creator. Armstarter inspects thoroughly the project for compliance with the rules of the platform, but it is not a party to legal relations between the project creators and userss.
How do I report a rules violation in one of the projects?
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For creators
What are the requirements for creators?
Armstarter does not specify requirements to the projects’ creators. In some cases, the site administration may require the author's identity authentication.
I don't know anything about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, but I really want to start a project
We have written and collected all the necessary information for beginners in our Crowdfunding school which describes the main stages of creating and promoting a project. (The information is available in Armenian and in Russian yet)
How do I start a project on Armstarter?
First, sign up via the standard registration form with your email or your social network account. Then, click “Create a project” and begin to design your project using a simple editor. Fill in carefully all the fields and indicate the time of activity of the campaign (from 30 up to 90 days). When a draft project is ready, a creator submits it for review which normally up to four business days. If the project complies with the rules of Armstarter and requires no adjustments, the project is launched on the website.
What do I do if my project is not accepted?
Upon failure, we send you a cover letter stating the reasons why your project cannot be launched on the website. Eliminate these causes and try again to send the project for review. If you have any additional questions, email us at email@example.com
Can I appeal against the actions of a moderator if my project is blocked?
No. Moderator’s actions are not subject to appeal.
Can I edit my project while it’s under review?
No, you can’t.
How do I find my project on Armstarter?
Your project is on the project page of the website. Choose your category for faster results, or find your project in a search box. Also all your projects are displayed in the user's personal account.
Can I extend my campaign?
You can increase the duration of the project,
but not more than the time period specified at the start of the project.
If my first experience was unsuccessful, can I try again to launch a project on Armstarter?
Of course, we'll be more than happy. Creators’ experience from other platforms shows that subsequent attempts are even more successful.
Do I have to share links to my social networks accounts?
It's not necessary, but the more information you provide about yourself, the better. Thus, you show the people that you are a real person with real friends and interests. This greatly increases the level of confidence in the project.
I have a unique idea, but I'm afraid someone will steal it upon launching it on the website.
Armstarter.com is an open platform for direct interaction of people with each other. If you are afraid that other people might borrow your idea it is better not to tell anyone about it.
I have no video, can I launch a project without it?
Yes, but the high quality video greatly increases the chances of campaign success. How to make an interesting video, read in Armenian and Russian here
How to make the description text?
Being honest is an essential condition. Tell people about yourself/team, your idea and what you are going to do. How to properly execute a project, read here
What else can I add to the project description in addition to the text?
Images, diagrams, graphics, video and other media files. But don't use copyrighted material without permission as the project may be blocked.
How should I promote my project?
Before you start your campaign, create a profile of your future project (product) on social networks and start to gain subscribers. Notify all your friends about the upcoming start of the campaign. Share the details of your project on all related online resources, engage the media and be prompt when dealing with the backers in the “Comments” section. How to promote your crowd-projects, read here
Can I edit the project after launch?
Yes (as agreed with the manager).
What is “News” section for?
A creator posts here interesting news related to the project. Regular updates have a positive impact on the project perception by users. This section is available to the creator even after the campaign is completed.
- For users
Why should I sign up on Armstarter?
Only registered users can create and launch projects, comment on other projects, chat with the creators and use our future services.
How do I sign up on Armstarter?
Click “Sign up” at the top of the website and enter your email address and password in the pop-up window. You can also log in via your social network account.
I want to change my password/restore access to the site.
Click “Log in” at the top of the website and select “Forgot password” in the pop-up window. Enter your username or email to receive a link to change the password.
Can I help a creator to promote a project?
Of course. You can share a project on your Facebook personal page. You can also write a personal letter to the creator (click “Contact a creator”) and offer your assistance.
How do I search for projects on the site?
All of our projects are displayed on the “Projects” page. There you can view the results by selected categories (music, sports, etc) or use filters: “Successful”, “At the finish”, “By date”, “By popularity”. If you need a specific project, enter its name in a search box of the website.
How do I verify the accuracy of the information provided by a project creator?
Trust is the basis of crowdfunding, so we encourage our creators to be as transparent as possible with the audience of Armstarter. You can examine carefully their social media profiles, write them a text message, check a portfolio and just see who they are friends with.