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O2 launches social action crowdfunding platform
Did you know that O2 supports 5476 big ideas through our Think Big programme up and down the country?
Through Think Big we offer young people a grant of £300 to help kick-start their ideas and run projects which grow and benefit their local communities. Those that are successful receive further funding of up to £2,500.
But what happens when that funding runs out? We’ve worked with Hubbub.net, a graduate from the Wayra academy, to create what we think is the UK’s first crowdfunding platform dedicated to supporting social action ideas: thinkbig.hubbub.net. It’s a place where young people who have led a Think Big project can raise further income to support their ideas, and engage with supporters of their projects. It’s also a place where they can continue telling their stories.
The first two Think Big projects to go live on thinkbig.hubbub.net are run by 17 year old Saeed Atcha, from Bolton, and Deborah Abodunrin, 26, from London. Saeed has developed Xplode magazine, now a registered charity, which aims to enable young people to reach their potential in Bolton. He sees crowdfunding on Hubbub as a means to growing the size and scale of the project throughout the Greater Manchester area. “It’ll help us raise the profile of the organisation and crowdfund some of our charitable activities – with particular emphasis on training young people with soft skills to enable them to be part of our future workforce.”
Deborah’s project, SMT4Youths (Social Media Training for Youths) has been delivered in London. She recognises her project’s shortcomings in building strong relationships with the young people that interact with it each day. “We hope by crowdfunding through the Think Big platform, we will be able to gain funding to build an online web portal which will allow us to extend our relationship and service to SMT4Youths attendees and members”.
Hayden Taylor, a Think Big Project leader now working at Hubbub.net says, “I’m so excited that Hubbub and Think Big are working together. This partnership will give another unique layer of support to projects and enable project creators to explore crowd funding as a means for financing projects and ventures. As a Think Big alumni myself and having used a Hubbub platform – I know the power it can have and the opportunities it can bring.”
So whether it’s about making a big idea even bigger, or whether it’s about supporting the growth and sustainability of a smaller idea, crowdfunding is a way that young people can help themselves, by telling their story to a wide audience. By encouraging others to invest in their ideas and skills, they can continue to help the people around them.
If you want to know more about how to crowdfund – watch Hayden’s top tips on the GoThinkBig site.
If you are connected to Think Big and would like to run a crowdfunding campaign on our page, get in touch to find out more.
And if you’d like to support some of the great young people and their ideas – please visit https://thinkbig.hubbub.net.