Do you have a great idea that could make the difference in the effort to fight against climate change challenges but no money to realize it? Thanks to the Kick Start your Project section, creative individuals could save time and find all the financing information they need to compete with the Research & Development and Innovation (R&DI) units of corporations.
Crowdfunding allows creative people to connect online with the public for cash to fund their business ideas. As its name suggests, crowdfunding is a method whereby ordinary people (thus “the crowd”) can fund your personal or business project. Different crowdfunding sites may have different objectives or approaches, but overall the concept is simple – you post your project to a large group of site users, or "potential investors", and they can choose to fund your project if they find it interesting. Here is a list of crowdfunding websites useful for funding projects on themes of climate change and sustainability.
A credit institution is a company whose principal, permanent economic activity is to receive cash deposits and other repayable funds from the public and to grant loans directly on its own and/or through other financing. However, some credit institutions promote financing that allows social entrepreneurs or ingenious individuals to realise their projects.
Do you have an idea whose aim is to bring about positive change? Whether you’re starting a small social enterprise or working to promote a project, enterprise incubators can help you achieve your goal. Acceptance criteria vary from incubator to incubator, but in general only projects with feasible business ideas and a workable business plan are admitted.
Business Angels are individuals, typically entrepreneurs, managers and professionals looking for attractive investment opportunities in venture capital for new or young companies that have a promising business project They invest in venture capital for promising projects of young companies, bringing their skills and experience to maximize the chances of the company’s success. Beyond economic and equity opportunities, Business Angels is motivated by personal and professional satisfaction.