Sponsor.ie Charity Fundraising Website Receives Entrepreneurial Award
eircom’s Start Up initiative has drawn to a conclusion with the announcement that the third and final winner of the three month initiative is Sponsor.ie. Sponsor.ie is an Irish online fundraising tool helping fundraisers to collect donations for their favourite charities. Over the course of the Start Up initiative eircom has selected three very different winners which highlights the diversity and entrepreneurial spirit alive in Ireland today.
“Whether you are raising money through running a marathon, taking part in a trek, on behalf of a loved one, Sponsor.ie aims to make it as convenient as possible."
Sponsor.ie was founded in 2010 by Simon Scriver as he realised there was no facility available to raise money for a charity that allowed the fundraiser to provide updates and post pictures of their fundraising activity. Simon’s motivation to set up this service came about after his father passed away and he decided to raise money for a leukaemia charity. He wanted to be able to provide progress reports via a blog and pictures to his supports as he did so.
Simon Scriver, founder of Sponsor.ie said “We are delighted to be chosen as the third winner of the eircom Start Up initiative. I heard about the initiative and watched a number of the eircom Start Upvideos on YouTube and knew it was a great opportunity for us to get involved in. We are a young company trying to raise our profile and this is an excellent way to do so.
Sponsor.ie came about as like me many people are raising money for lots of worthy causes which is hard to do in today’s economic climate. By engaging more with your supporters you have a greater chance to collect more money and keep them involved in your fundraising journey”.
“Whether you are raising money through running a marathon, taking part in a trek, on behalf of a loved one or for no reason at all Sponsor.ie aims to make it as convenient as possible. By setting up your own fundraising blog you can keep your supporters updated through photos and video, allowing them to follow your experience every step of the way. By linking to your existing social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, it's easy to let everyone know what an amazing thing you'll be doing” continued Simon.
Carolan Lennon, chief marketing officer, eircom said “We are really happy with the response we have had to our Start Up initiative. Today more than ever Ireland needs to nurture and support start-up companies. Over the course of the three month initiative we have chosen three very diverse winners- The Mole Screening Clinic, Smart Storage and now Sponsor.ie. We have also built an incredibly vibrant online community for start-ups through the many videos uploaded on our YouTube channel and over the course of the initiative we have seen that Ireland has a fantastic volume of entrepreneurs making their way in this tough climate. It is so encouraging to see the wide range of start-up companies across every industry sector. We are proud to work with and support start-ups and we plan to build on this very important support structure in the future”.
eircom’s Start Up initiative wasopen to any business less than two years old, whether it was a local business, high-tech, export-led or a new spin on something traditional. The aim of the initiative was to develop a community of active and successful entrepreneurs and provide an opportunity to network online with hundreds of businesses across