I love crowd-funding. What a grand idea. Put your innovation, practical solution, pie-in-the-sky idea 'out there' for the world to judge and... see whether enough regular people will give you (yes, GIVE YOU), their hard-earned cash in support of your idea. Awesome. Of course, they do get something in return. Still. Awesome.
Check out Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or GoFundMe to learn more - and support some really great ideas!