2016 was a record year for crowdfunding in the Netherlands, with € 170 million raised, up from last year’s previous record of € 126 million. While this is good news, several experts in the field are pointing at a need for more transparency. Both the Dutch Authority for Financial Markets and Crowdfunding agency Douw&Koren recently called out for more honesty & clarity. Peter Stolze, CMO at durability crowdfunding platform Lendahand and 2nd left in picture, agrees, and believes his company offers an alternative by providing this much-needed transparency.
What if you could support charity by shopping online? Sponsormeter.com turned this awesome idea into a reality. Through their crowdfunding platform people can support their sports club or charity of choice for free; they just make purchases through associated webstores such as Amazon, Adidas, Reebok or Booking.com and a percentage goes to their club or charity. The platform can be used everywhere in the world, and it has benefited over 3000 initiatives already. Last month, Sponsormeter won the closing event of the Startup Launch Class, a 10-week intensive program for student entrepreneurs. Reason enough to find out more about them, so we spoke with co-founder and HvA Sports Management graduate David de Vries.