… and it’s about time :)
The Spark Project, the country’s first crowdfunding platform, had their official launch last Saturday after 2 years of the site being in the making.
Noreen Bautista of Jacinto & Lirio, EntrepsBuild PH, and Slash Ignite (yup, she’s a busy girl) invited me to Briggy Hall for the launch and of course, I went for it :) Part of my aim when I go to these things is to mooch off of other people’s positive energy and I was not disappointed.
The product of successful problem-finding, The Spark Project now aims to solve the very problem they’ve pinpointed: the difficulty of raising funds for various philanthropic passion projects. As anyone in this generation can attest to, great ideas are cropping up everywhere. They’re never in short supply and as Patch said it, “It’s just so frustrating that good ideas are put to waste.”
An innovator can’t be of much help if he is a marginalized innovator. What The Spark Project provides is simple: a way to harness the power of the internet and social media to make solutions and innovations a reality.
The site is new and, as with any site at this infancy stage, there’s got to be people to test it out. Meet the first four Spark projects :)
When you share and collaborate on an idea, it undoubtedly comes to life and that’s exactly what I feel happened to all these projects. All of them were so passionate and so positive about the outcome of their initiatives, it was contagious. And I’m sure The Spark Project had no small part in it – they don’t just help you raise money, they hold your hand from pre to post to ensure as much as possible that you succeed.
I was so sold by the site that I already asked Patch when they’ll be accepting more projects. They won’t be accepting projects until these first four are done, and assessed. But if you’re as excited as I am, Patch said we’re welcome to throw in our ideas anyway.
Bold moves lead to wonderful things and I think The Spark Project deserves a pat on the back, a visit to their site, and maybe a donation or two. Haha!
BUT FIRST! Vote for them on Project Pagsulong. A vote for them is a vote for that dream project you’ve always wanted to do but just didn’t know how to :)