Who is Eligible to Use Kickstarter?

Discover the key eligibility criteria for launching a project on Kickstarter, including geographic and project requirements.

Who is Eligible to Use Kickstarter?

If you're planning to launch a campaign on Kickstarter, it’s important to know if you meet the eligibility requirements. Whether you're an artist, designer, inventor, or entrepreneur, this article will help you understand the crucial requirements including project guidelines, geographic location, and financial prerequisites.

Our aim is to provide you with a clear understanding of who can start a campaign so that you can confidently bring your creative ideas to a global audience. Let's delve into the details and find out if you're ready to launch your project!

Can I back a project?

Kickstarter is open to backers worldwide. Nearly anyone from anywhere can support a project as long as they have a major debit or credit card and a Kickstarter account.

Can I create a project?

Creators may currently launch projects from accounts verified in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

This means that the physical address on your verification documents must be in one of these countries. Once verified, you can choose to list the physical location of your project as outside of the above-listed countries, if needed. You can do so on the Basics tab of your project editor.

Want to be notified if Kickstarter adds support for project creation in your country? Tell us where you're located. You may still be able to launch a project now by establishing a business where we are open, like by doing so with Stripe Atlas in the US.

Creators must also meet the following requirements:

  • All individuals must be 18 years of age or older.
    • Individuals under 18 may participate in the creation of the project under the supervision of the project creator.
  • If raising funds as an individual, you must be a resident of the country where you launch your project.
    • You also need a government-issued ID from that same country. If your project country is in the European Union, government-issued IDs from other European Union countries are acceptable.
  • If raising funds as an entity (business or nonprofit), you must launch your project in the country where the entity is registered. The individual setting up the project on the entity’s behalf must be an owner or executive of the entity, and have authorization to represent it.
    • All beneficial owners of the entity, and directors as requested, must also be disclosed and verified. You need government-issued IDs and tax documents for the primary entity raising funds for the project as well as for all individuals and other entities you verify.
  • You need a supported bank account located in the same country you set up your project. This account must be owned by and in the name of the individual or entity raising funds.
    • This must be a checking account that supports direct deposits in the currency in which you raise funds. European projects raising funds in euros have the option to use an IBAN in one of the following countries*:
      Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • You have a major credit or debit card registered to the individual or entity (or entity’s owner) raising funds for this project, and in their name.
    • Canadian projects can only use credit cards.

*Please note: If you are a creator launching a project from one of the European countries we are open in, and your funds will be in euros, you may use an IBAN from one of these listed countries. However, you will need to have a home address and acceptable documents for ID verification for the country you are launching from. For example, a creator can launch from France with a Portuguese IBAN, but they will need to verify that they are a resident of France.