Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is expanding into the Asia-Pacific region after it revealed plans to make its service available in Australia and New Zealand “soon”.

A holding page for the localized site shows that it will open up in the two countries “in the very near future.” First, it will hold ‘Kickstarter schools’  in Melbourne and Sydney to help promote the service, educate local entrepreneurs and get feedback on the type of projects that excite folks.

kickstarter au nz 520x258 Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is launching in Australia and New Zealand soon

There’s no confirmed date for the launch, but those who are interested can sign up to be notified via email when the site is live.

Kickstarter is open to entrepreneurs in the US, Canada and the UK, so it is broadening significantly with this expansion. Indeed, the addition of Australia and New Zealand might also help aspiring Kickstarters in Asia by providing a nearer location for them — to date, entrepreneurs in the region have been forced to relocate to Europe or the US in order to register their projects.

➤ Kickstarter.com/australia

Hat tip Lidija Davis

Headline image via Thinkstock (sorry New Zealanders, I couldn’t get an image of both countries together — nothing personal)