Hey guys, for four years now I have been trying to work on creating a giving platform that can make everyday giving accessible for this generation.
I recently made this speech to 2,000 people in Media City.
It is finally time for Givey to come of age and for those who believe in the vision and values of Givey to take their chunk of owning the idea and helping it to move forwards. My team and I have done all we can on our own and thus have opened up a crowd funding round of investment through Crowdcube to open up the opportunity to invest up to anyone who believes in the value of giving in our society.
Here is the Crowd funding video intro
We need to raise a minimum of £500K to stay in business and ideally £1m to really be firing on all cylinders.
WHAT I AM ASKING FROM YOU!
1. Invest any amount from £80 upwards.
INVEST HERE : http://www.crowdcube.com/investment/givey-14821
Please note that each Givey share costs £80 . – We want you in on the journey.*
2. Share it with someone who might also be interested in investing.
3. Sign up at http://givey.com, make a donation to your fav cause and give feedback!
If you are new to investing then make sure you can afford to lose the amount that you are investing and just ‘self certify’ on Crowd Cube.
If you can only do 1, 2, or 3, that would also be awesome but the only way that this idea will really travel is if people genuinely take a bit of ownership of this idea, not just for themselves but for those around them also, if you can do all three that would be amazing!!!
I cant tell you how important this is to me and how glad I will be to have you on the journey
Crowdcube Closing Letter – Added Monday 21st April 2014
This is a message to everyone who has been following our crowdfunding journey to say thank you. I write this on the 19 April, an hour before this experience draws to a close.
There are many things that we planned, hoped for and expected that have not played out as we anticipated. Ranging from not being able to show our existing VC support or accepting investments from the US, to issues around B Shares and minimum investment amounts…just for starters
However, what we have seen is more that 40 awesome individuals put their money where their mouth is and pledge their support to help drive Givey forwards. From Lord Hastings to Aunt Edna and four starving UCL students clubbing together to get one share and everyone else who jumped in and backed us – every one of these pledges meant the world to us. Your support has been paramount to us carrying on.
Unless a miracle occurs (which is quite possible) and with all reasons aside, we tried our best to raise £500,000, only achieved 10% and look likely to fail against our Crowdcube target. Does this mean Givey is finished?
I’m very glad to say that the crowdcube element is only one part of our wider funding strategy and the offline activity has been going really well. The support from new Angels and our existing investors on this journey has been unprecedented and humbling. All our existing investors are onboard and many more have come out of the woodwork through this tough yet refining process.
We’ll put an update on our Givey blog for all those who wish to follow the onwards journey. Once we have a chance to recount the experience of the last 60 days we’ll be sharing more of our lessons learnt!
Really this note is just say thank you to the supporters, the skeptics, the hardcore forum questioners and those who have simply observed quietly from afar. We appreciate you being a part of Givey’s journey in your own way and hope that we will get to engage with you more in the future.
If you want to get in touch for any reason please contact me directly on [email protected]
Thanks again for all your support.
Onwards and Upwards,