Crowdfunding is a modern financing tool that helps SMEs to grow their businesses. As part of our Interreg-project Crowd-Fund-Port, we identified the best practices from small and medium-sized enterprises from all partnering countries and listed them in our Crowdfunding-project-mapping. Some of these campaigns will also be presented here on our blog.
Boataround – Yacht and boat booking portal
Boataround.com is a booking portal for renting yachts, boats, and catamarans including complementary services such as captains or insurance. The company has successfully completed the first financial round on equity platform Crowdberry in 2016. Since then it has launched its own web platform and established its presence in Slovak, Czech, Polish, and Scandinavian markets. Since the company’s technology and service infrastructure has been completed, the leadership of the firm feels that the company is ready for scalability and global business growth. Consequently, the project has recently entered second financial round on Crowdberry.
Boataround was founded in 2016 by former employees of Booking.com, a well-known hotel booking site. Currently, it is the only company of its kind on the market. The team has years-long experience with online reservation business models and international business in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia, which undoubtedly contributed to the firm’s success.
At the moment, Boataround’s offer includes more than 7000 ships in over 300 destinations in 36 countries around the globe.
Sight Pyramid by Juraj Gábor
Sight Pyramid is an art piece designed by Slovak artist Juraj Gábor. It is an 18-meter construction that was initially part of an exhibition in a gallery. The original idea was that the viewers would enter the construction and watch a film about nature. However, Juraj later decided to take the idea even further by situating the pyramid outside, in beautiful Súľov Mountains, where visitors can now watch nature live. Since the pyramid is an 18 meter wooden object, this was, of course, no easy nor cheap task. Consequently, the organisers of the project headed to crowdfunding platform Startlab, in attempt to find a number of like-minded, nature-loving people who would help them to bring the project to completion through a financial contribution.
The original goal of the campaign was 1500 euros, however, the final sum raised was almost twofold, that is 2905 euros. Needless to say, the campaign was successful and as of November 22, 2015, the Sight Pyramid serves as a lookout spot as well as a shelter against rain to all visitors of the magnificent Súľov Rocks.