Crowdfunding for Design Innovation : Prediction Model With Critical Factors

Chaoyang Song*, Jianxi Luo, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Warren Seering, Kevin Otto

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Online reward-based crowdfunding campaigns have emerged as an innovative approach for validating demands, discovering early adopters, and seeking learning and feedback in the design processes of innovative products. However, crowdfunding campaigns for innovative products are faced with a high degree of uncertainty and suffer meager rates of success to fulfill their values for design. To guide designers and innovators for crowdfunding campaigns, this article presents a data-driven methodology to build a prediction model with critical factors for crowdfunding success, based on public online crowdfunding campaign data. Specifically, the methodology filters 26 candidate factors in the real-win-worth framework and identifies the critical ones via stepwise regression to predict the amount of crowdfunding. We demonstrate the methods via deriving prediction models and identifying essential factors from three-dimensional printer and smartwatch campaign data on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The critical factors can guide campaign developments, and the prediction model may evaluate crowdfunding potential of innovations in contexts, to increase the chance of crowdfunding success of innovative products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1565-1576
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Technological innovation
  • Predictive models
  • Data models
  • Internet
  • Web pages
  • Uncertainty
  • Product design
  • Crowdfunding
  • design innovation
  • entrepreneurship
  • product design
  • real-win-worth (RWW)


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