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    ARE COMPANY APPLICANTS RUINING THE KICKSTARTER MODEL FOR INDIVIDUALS? by Lincoln, Ian Clair

    This paper examines the impact of the presence of companies on the success rate of individual’s projects using multiple linear regressions. The presence of for-profit companies on a crowdfunding platform in which individuals and non-profits benefit from the altruism of potential donors impacts the trust that potential donors have that their money is going to go to a charitable cause. Using data on Kickstarter projects from 2009 to 2017, I find inconclusive results, but do find that other factors such as a project’s goal, duration, and backer count have a noticeable effect on the success rate of a project.