What is Crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is an innovative way of raising money, awareness and support for a new idea or a good purpose. Crowdfunding turns the conventional way of funding on it’s head. Instead of asking for large amounts of money from a single donor, crowdfunding enables lots of individuals (= a ‘crowd’) to each contribute a bit of money towards a specific campaign.
This means, no matter how big or small your wallet, you can help innovative and worthwhile ideas to become a reality, …and of course you can use NamStarter to receive support for your own projects and ideas.
How did NamStarter start ?
In 2015 RLabs (‘Reconstructed Living Laboratories’) Namibia, hosted at NBII by the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) received generous support from the Finnish Embassy for the developing an “Alternative Livelihood Model for Marginalised Youth" between January 2016 and December 2017. A crucial part of this project was to develop a crowdfunding platform that addresses the needs of unemployed youth in informal settlements.
What is NamStarter?
NamStarter is not only a crowdfunding platform that helps great projects find necessary financial support, but it also helps those with good ideas to develop these ideas into campaigns and future. NamStarter is part of RLabs Namibia , which offers training workshop in specific areas, such as Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Leadership, and Social and Digital Media. In addition, there is the opportunity to receive mentoring by RLabs team and experienced mentors from the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII). At this stage, NamStarter can only offer such additional support services for unemployed youth from Havana (Windhoek, Katutura) and those who are able to come to our offices at NBII in Windhoek West.
NamStarter’s biggest wish is to create relationships and lasting partnerships across the economic divide that exists in Namibia as well as across the world. It is our hope that NamStarter will contribute to reducing the gap between rich and poor by encouraging meaningful people-to-people connections to take place. Each genuine step of initiating a project/campaign and each act of supporting one, has the chance to make a real difference in other people’s lives. We therefore make sure that you have a chance to connect and communicate with those you want to support and those who support you.
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