Ignite is Macquarie University's crowdfunding platform. Here we've collected some of the university's most exciting projects. Ignite allows friends of the university to support the vision of our students, staff, academics and alumni.

We review all projects for suitability, judging them on the quality of the presentation of the projects, their goals, and the level of organisation and commitment demonstrated by the teams behind them.

If you support a project, you will automatically receive updates about it. You can also interact directly with the team behind the project by leaving a comment on the project, or sending them a message.

What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is sponsorship by a crowd of many donors, each making an individual, small donation in return for a small reward, like a thank you card, poster, social media post, invitation to a free event. Ignite provides a platform to showcase projects to a potentially huge audience, and gives sponsors an easy way to donate.

What kind of projects are suitable for Ignite?

Projects can be just about anything - as long as there is a clear benefit to Macquarie University. Projects will be judged on their goals, their creative or innovative merits, and the level of organisation and commitment demonstrated by you and your team. You will also need to demonstrate that you have a good network you can reach out to and potenitally recruit ambassadors to utlilise their networks.

How Do I Create a Project?

First get in touch with the Advancement office to discuss your idea and complete an application form. We will then meet to discuss your idea and determine whether its suitable for a crowdfunding campaign. Once approved you then simply login and enter a few key details: a description of what you want to do, a funding target and completion date, and some rewards for pledges. Images and videos can also bring your project to life! We offer advice, tips, and feedback all along the way.

Are there any fees?

We cover the cost of running the platform itself so the only fees you pay are the ones occured by Stripe. These fees are 1.75% + 30c from donations made within Australia, and 2.9% + 30c for International cards.

All-or-Nothing Funding?

Every project must achieve its minimum needed by its completion date or no funds change hands. Why? Part of the appeal of crowdfunding is that sponsors get to engage with projects and see where their money is going. This keeps everyone happy!


If you are interested in setting up a project and would like to find out about the support provided by the Advancement office, please email us at community@mq.edu.au.