A new, local crowdfunding platform called MonsoonFund aims to help startup companies raise the capital they need to succeed.

A dozen diverse organizations are initially seeking funding online at Monsoonfund.org, which was launched by leaders of the nonprofit Startup Tucson.

Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter allow organizations and individuals to solicit donations for startup funding or specific projects, counting on numerous small donations to reach specific goals.

Startup Tucson aims to boost economic growth by helping entrepreneurs through educational, funding and networking events.

Organizations seeking funding on MonsoonFund are:Thryve, an incubator recently launched by Startup Tucson and aimed at ventures geared toward social impact.

  • Impactive, a mobile app that converts exercise to monetary donations to philanthropic causes.
  • The Dark Thought Project, which provides clinical training for behavioral-health professionals on working with suicidal individuals.
  • Las Milpitas Farm, which provides low-income residents with training in food production.
  • Higher Ground, which works to help at-risk youths.
  • Golfing for Elephants, which aims to cut elephant poaching with golf events to raise awareness and support East African anti-poaching efforts.
  • The Merchant’s Garden, which plans to provide fresh, aquaponically or hydroponically grown produce to consumers.
  • SportKore, a sports and fitness training app aimed at military veterans and their supporters.
  • Foresight Community Ventures, which provides affordable and sustainable rental housing.
  • Color del Amor, a maker of eco-friendly lingerie.
  • Lia Loka, a social fundraising platform for youths and community-based organizations.
  • Booma, which maps the geography of locations found in books to create a community of readers and travelers.

Contact Assistant Business Editor David Wichner at dwichner@azstarnet.com or 573-4181.

Senior reporter covering business and technology for the Arizona Daily Star/Tucson.com