Back in February, we kicked off What’s Your Idea? in partnership with GoDaddy; offering the most innovative and impactful ideas of 2018 the opportunity to win £1,000 towards a crowdfunding project. We’re pleased to announce that the winners are now live and crowdfunding to make their great ideas happen! Keep up to date with all of our What’s Your Idea? winners here.
Running over six different days – each with its own theme – there was plenty of opportunity to get involved and we were totally bowled over by the 2,000+ incredible applications that we received throughout the competition. The decision process was not taken lightly as we faced the tough task of whittling it down to the winning ideas, but we think that all of the projects to receive £1k in pledges and prizes are pretty special and hope that you enjoy supporting them as much as we do.
After announcing the winners for each category, each project involved went through a period of coaching from the Crowdfunder team to get them ready to go live and now, in order to unlock the £1,000 What’s Your Idea? prize from their supporting partner, each project must now raise at least another £1,000 from the Crowd through crowdfunding.
Samantha Preece, Head of Brand Marketing at LV, supporting partner of the Confident Communities category, said, “At LV= we’re all about helping people look after what they love, but also to do the things that they love and ultimately live more confidently. We were absolutely delighted by the sheer amount of amazing ideas entered to help build confident communities, and can’t wait to see our ten winning projects continue to raise funds and thrive.”
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Stacie Clark Knit • Crowdfunder Project
Crochet and knit designer Stacie Clark is also passionate about community projects and creativity for mental health. She is now crowdfunding to take We Are Enough; The Creative Yarn Bomb of Love (a collaborative yarn bombing project to raise awareness of mental health) to the next level and to let everyone know that we are all good enough, just as we are!
“The £1,000 win is absolutely amazing! It means that we can offer creative community groups to 50-70 people or provide 20 project packs to other community groups or organisations to incorporate the project into their own activities. I’m most looking forward to the Crowdfunder project letting people know that ‘We Are Enough; The Creative Yarn Bomb of Love’ is happening! Above all else, this project is about connecting and engaging with people… it’s for the public, so I hope that it will excite people to want to get involved in it!”
MAKE:DO • Crowdfunder Project
MAKE:DO are set on giving more young people engaging, explorative and maker-led learning opportunities that will build confidence and curiosity. Their unique art, design and engineering programme uses real tools and materials to solve interesting and unusual problems, challenging young people to view themselves and the world around them differently.
More Than A Face • Crowdfunder Project
More Than A Face educate young people on facial disfigurement through educational, inspirational presentations and workshops, encouraging them to see people for who they are and not just what they look like.
“Crowdfunding will go a long way in helping me to access more schools and deliver my assemblies and workshops to students. I can also look into purchasing some merchandise to leave with them as a reminder of the message that I am sharing and encourage them to see that people are so much More Than A Face!”
Pianodrome • Crowdfunder Project
Welcome to the world’s first Pianodrome – a 100-seater, playable amphitheatre made entirely out of upcycled pianos, run in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. This radical re-imagining of what the piano is and can be in today’s throw away culture turns instruments that have been condemned to the rubbish tip into something new and astonishing.
“We’re so thrilled to have been awarded £1,000 towards our crowdfunding campaign. The Pianodrome is a 100-seater community amphitheatre which we are building entirely from 40 disused pianos this summer and installing in Edinburgh’s Botanical Garden. The Pianodrome is a community arts pavilion – a place to hang out, play one of the five playable pianos arranged in a circle in the space, gather for community music events, theatre or dance, run workshops, give a talk or play a gig. The award is a great sign of support, and will help us raise the money we need to cover all sorts of costs – from engineers’ consultancy fees to studio rent, purchasing materials and tools and paying artists for their work. The Pianodrome will only make sense if it is used by Edinburgh’s people and our Crowdfunder campaign will help us to reach out and generate a sense of ownership in our local community.”
The Trackside • Crowdfunder Project
In the heart of Leamington Old Town stands a disused railway viaduct that hasn’t carried a train for almost a hundred years. Trackside want to convert this viaduct into a community energy and local food growing project.
Organic Blooms • Crowdfunder Project
Organic Blooms is a Soil Association organic certified flower farm and florist, and they are also a social enterprise. Every flower that they grow and every stem that they sell helps them to train someone who has struggled to find work because of a learning difficulty, autistic spectrum disorder or long term mental health condition. They want to grow so that they can create more life changing jobs at their supported workplace.
“Winning the £1,000 is such a boost and it is a lovely way to start our crowdfunding campaign. It has given us the confidence that we can really do this and know that people do believe in our project and what we are trying to achieve. Beyond the actual financial benefit, creating our crowdfunding campaign has really brought us together as a team and shown us how far we have already come. It has prompted us to celebrate our successes, our values and our team, and has given us a great sense of excitement over what we can achieve in the future. It has given people a voice who are usually hidden away, and has created a network of supporters whose warmth and good vibes are just as tangible as their donated rewards and promised pledges.”
An Hour For Others • Crowdfunder Project
This is a platform for all; spreading unity, kindness, empowerment, positivity and joy to young and old in their hour of need. They have dramatically helped to improve lives and have had a massive positive impact on many people in Liverpool; people who are at a real disadvantage or have been affected by life changing circumstances and deserve help. They now need your help to continue helping others.
“The £1,000 win is amazing for us… even to be recognised alongside so many other brilliant ventures is really lifting and shows that people really do appreciate everything that we have done and will continue to do. The money at this stage is vital for us to keep pushing forward with our plans and ideas and one of the most significant things that I believe will come from crowdfunding is the raising of awareness. It’s a really good platform to tell the story of An Hour For Others and when you get it down in that format, it makes me so proud to see all we achieved in helping our community.”
Bravehound • Crowdfunder Project
Bravehound provides wonderful companion dogs and training to veterans with mental health issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They are crowdfunding to purchase a Bravehound camper van that will enable travel across Scotland to reach more veterans with their beautiful Bravehound dogs.
Operation Make • Crowdfunder Project
Company of Makers design and make products inspired by the British military’s influence on pop culture. The purpose behind all of this creativity is to help Veterans and their families who are struggling to transition from military to civilian life, no matter how long ago they left the Forces, through making workshops. They are crowdfunding to purchase equipment in order to meet the growing demand for their existing products and to also bring to market their ideas for new products.
“Winning £1,000 is incredibly exciting and really encouraging that others have faith in our ideas. We have our eyes on an additional location, but it will require a lot of work and some money to fit it out – that will be a lot easier if we manage to raise funds through Crowdfunder!”