Thu 7 Sep 17
We’re really excited our incredible crowdfunding project Click has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Support for Students category of the Times Higher Awards 2017.
Click is now one of the most prolific higher education crowdfunding platforms in the world. Since it started, 130 student groups have launched projects with 99% hitting their fundraising targets.
Managed by the University’s Advancement team, Click is open to all students, staff or recent Essex graduates to put a project forward for crowdfunding – a format based on raising lots of small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically online.
James Martin, Senior Philanthropy Officer, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be shortlisted. It’s a testament to the fantastic hard work undertaken by our enterprising students, and how Click has really captured their imagination. We are proud to play a part in helping students achieve their goals, fulfil their dreams, and learn vital career skills along the way.”
Three Click projects we’d love to tell you about:
Stilts Pro’s first campaign aimed to fund a full-scale workshop and theatre performance in a European refugee camp, to help enhance the lives of those living there through the arts.
Their long walk to London project saw them set off from Southend Pier to deliver a message of hope and community from the people of Southend to 10 Downing Street, promoting the town’s bids for city status and to become Alternative City of Culture 2017.
Ten days after graduating four Essex alumni founded their own business taking their cocktail knowledge on the road providing mobile bar services. Their first Click campaign helped them buy the essentials and promote their fledgling business.
With weddings, festivals and private parties to cater for, they launched a second campaign to upgrade their bar and install a draft beer unit and they are now a local leader in the mobile bar catering sector, all thanks to Click.
Enterprising thespians from East 15 Acting School’s class of 2016 didn’t let anything stand in their way when they wanted to get to the Edinburgh Fringe. They used Click to make it happen and scooped a top performance award along the way.
A second campaign funded their return to Edinburgh in 2017 with two plays Buzz: A New Musical and their new zombie comedy musical, Tom and Bunny Save the World!