Neuroveda is project created by 7 young scientists from Slovakia, studying emotions in patients with neurological disorders. The study focuses on patients with Parkinson’s disease and cervical dystonia, as the research could help them better their day-to-day functioning and communication, which could eventually lead to improvement of human relationships in general. You can find out more about their experience with crowdfunding in the interview with one of the members of the research team, Zuzana Košutzká.
CIF: For starters, tell us something about the team and your project.
ZK: We are a team neurologists and psychologists interested in neuroscience, i.e. the study of brain from different points of view. At the moment, we focus primarily on study of emotions with regard to neurological diseases. It’s this project, that we are trying to fund through crowdfunding.
CIF: How did you come up with the idea to try crowdfunding? Did you have any previous experience?
ZK: Crowdfunding has been on our radar for a longer period of time, we have noticed several successful and interesting campaigns. We did not have any direct experience with crowdfunding, our experience was mostly just through friends.
CIF: What sources of information did you use whilst preparing the crowdfunding campaign?
ZK: The most support has been provided directly by people from Startlab (Zuzana Zaťovič a Igor Polakovič), and then by Janica Lacová, our idea-maker.
CIF: Why did you choose reward-based crowdfunding and based on what did you create the rewards?
ZK: We are really grateful that people trust us and invest in us. Therefore, expressing our gratitude in form of rewards seems natural to us. We like things that are practical and imaginative.
CIF: Based on what did you choose your crowdfunding platform?
ZK: Friends have financed the publishing of a magazine for children through Startlab. Campaign was successful, cooperation was great, there was nothing left to think about.
CIF: Do you think that crowdfunding has the potential to be something else that an alternative form of funding?
ZK: Certainly. The aim of our project is to spread a message – particularly with regard to popularisation of science and informing of public about neurological diseases. The direct participation of people in financing provides a feedback by which we can find out to what extent are people interested in the topic of the research. Also, in science we direct our conduct according to ethics, therefore, transparency is important to us, and we see it as a major benefit of crowdfunding.
CIF: How long did it take you to prepare the CF campaign, and how much time do you spend on its maintenance?
ZK: We have been working on it more intensely for approximately two months. Crowdfunding is part of our everyday lives, we always think about how we can improve the campaign.
CIF: You have reached already 43% of your goal, however, you have still 26 days left. Is the campaign developing according to your expectations?
ZK: Yes, but things are maybe a bit more complicated because of the current social situation.
CIF: Do you think crowdfunding is an appropriate form of finance for projects from the sphere of science and research? Would you recommend it to other scientists?
ZK: We will be able to say this after we have finished the campaign.
CIF: Lastly, do you have any recommendations for crowdfunding beginners?
ZK: It was very helpful to thoroughly consult the idea with the Startlab team. Sticking to the specified deadlines. It is important to devote some time to management of the Facebook fan page and the related effective propagation of posts.