First and foremost, all co-founders have walked in Columbia University’s commencement for their PhD degrees! Rob and Marc have already defended their dissertations, and Kyle has his scheduled for the beginning of July.
We are also very excited to announce a new Divvy Team-member: Cecelia Bittner (@mceceliabittner)! Cecelia got her Masters in journalism from NYU and she will be leading Divvy’s social media and community outreach activities. Welcome to the team Cece!
Over the last couple months, our team has been feverishly working on testing and revising the Project Gateway: a simple, 5-step process for getting a crowdfunding project posted on Divvy. Community leaders can now start a campaign by clicking ‘Start a New Project’ in their user menu. During the five steps that follow, they create their project page (video, description, etc.), specify rewards and connect a payment account. After that, the project is published and open for fundraising. Funders from their local community, as well as anywhere else in the world can contribute to make this project happen!
Matchmaking with local professionals
Divvy distinguishes itself from other crowdfunding platforms by providing a matchmaking service for project initiators with local professionals. Although we allow Do-It-Yourself projects, the majority of building upgrades require professional engineers for their design and construction.
Engineering firms that install solar PV systems, urban wind turbines and energy efficiency upgrades can now sign up on http://divvysolar.com/engineers . This allows them to browse high social impact projects with high visibility in their local target market.
Realizing sustainability projects used to be a major headache for community organizations. But at Divvy, we are making it simple and seamless. Give it a try or spread the word!