New Startup Gives Local Businesses the Kickstarter Treatment

Do you love your local coffee shop enough to invest in its new patio? A new startup, Lucky Ant, thinks so.

There's now a better way than the tip jar to show appreciation for your favorite local businesses. Lucky Ant, the latest startup to enter the crowdfunding space, hopes to do for neighborhood merchants what Kickstarter does for artists: provide a convenient, social way for small-scale entrepreneurs to tap their communities for help funding special projects.

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