Philanthropy

Crowdfunding

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Click: Essex's crowdfunding platform

Visit Click

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Visit Click to create an account and get started. There’s a range of support you can access at each stage of the process to help you develop your project, craft your campaign, build your crowd and turn your idea into a reality.

Do you have an amazing idea or project? Do you need funding for it? Then Click, Essex's crowdfunding platform is just for you. Click is managed by our Advancement team and students, staff or alumni of our University can put a project forward for crowdfunding.

About crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is funding a project by raising lots of small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the internet. Donors pledge a donation to your project and in exchange they receive tangible, non-monetary 'rewards' such as an e-card, t-shirt, tickets to your show or a DVD.

Why Click is great

  • Click is the leading crowdfunding platform in UK Higher Education with 95% success rate (compared to Kickstarter 40% and Indiegogo 43%.)
  • It’s free! We cover all fees and costs for you so that you can get 100% of your pledges.
  • We give matchfunding – for every £1 raised we give you £1 (certain criteria apply).
  • You get all the support from us – from designing your page to creating your pitch video and making your marketing plan, we are here for you.
  • Crowdfunding is a module for the Big Essex Award

'All-or-nothing' funding

We ask you for two amounts - the minimum you need, and your ultimate target. Funds only change hands if a project has reached its minimum once it hits its end date. This means you only need to carry out your project and deliver rewards if you achieve this minimum target. We recommend setting the minimum at the smallest amount you need to complete your project and successfully deliver rewards. You can still set a bigger project target as well! Most projects receive considerably more than their minimum.

How to use Click

For more information please see Click Guidelines (.pdf) and the Crowdfunding Handbook (.pdf).

  • Setting up a project

    Before submitting your project to our Click site, you'll need to fill in the below application form and submit it to the relevant departmental representative to check the project is right for crowdfunding.


  • Suitable projects

    Click project

    Projects can be about anything - but they should focus on the benefit they will provide to students, our University, alumni or the wider community. Projects will be judged on their goals, their creative or innovative merits and the level of organisation and commitment demonstrated by you and your team.

    Examples of suitable projects include:

    • funding a new piece of equipment for a sports team or society
    • supporting performances and theatrical or film productions
    • trips and expeditions
    • competition entry (sporting or other)
    • community and volunteering projects
    • conferences and events
    • entrepreneurship and social enterprise

  • Our core values

    Your project must reflect at least one of the four core values of our University:

    Culture of membership

    Our students are "members" of our university – for life. Projects in this category should enhance our mutually supportive community, enabling our members to develop interests, build friendships and embrace values which transform their lives and careers.

    Essex Spirit

    Essex provides a home for the tenacious, the bold, the inquisitive and those impatient for change. It’s not just an academic institution, it’s a place where students grow as people, develop moral and cultural values and gain skills for life.

    Projects in this category should support the University community in breaking intellectual boundaries, extending the frontiers of knowledge and pioneering solutions to issues of global concern, or help students in their personal development.

    Global community and outlook

    You can discover the world in one place at Essex. Projects in this category should encourage members to develop a cultural sensitivity along with a genuine world view that prepares them for life as global citizens.

    Research mindset and skills

    At Essex, our students partner with academics, informing and actively participating in research. Projects in this category should equip students with research skills, stimulate their curiosity to question conventional wisdom and nurture their desire to pursue new ideas.

  • Support

    Drop in sessions will be held throughout the 2016-17 academic year:

    • Every Thursday
    • 2-3pm
    • 5N.7.2

    No appointment needed, just come and ask any questions.

  • Tips for success

    1. Tell a story!
    2. Think of creative rewards
    3. Make a killer pitch video
    4. Find supporters
    5. Make a weekly plan
    6. Don’t be afraid to ask for donations, and to keep asking!

    Find more tips and advice in our blog posts:


Contacts

Funding area Departmental representative Email
Academic research Kai Yin Low, Research & Business Partnerships Manager kylow@essex.ac.uk
Arts and theatre Barbara Peirson, Artistic Director bpeirs@essex.ac.uk
Entrepreneurship Christine Michaelis, Enterprise Officer cmichaa@essex.ac.uk
Essex Abroad Jan Spalek, Short-term Programmes Manager jan.spalek@essex.ac.uk
Societies Rae Waddon, Societies Manager rwaddon@essex.ac.uk
Southend Kirsty Matthew, Students' Union Office Manager and departmental representative kmatthew@essex.ac.uk
Sports clubs Dominic King, Sports Development Manager dsking@essex.ac.uk
Everything else James Martin, Regular & Planned Giving Officer click@essex.ac.uk


Success story

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EyeWink


Davide Valeriani and his team from our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering set a very ambitious goal – to change the way people with disabilities interact with technology.

EyeWink is a wearable device that allows users to control their smartphone with their eyes. It’s designed for people with severe mobility impairments to help them use a smartphone which they couldn’t otherwise do.

A first working version of EyeWink had already been developed, but by using the Click platform, they managed to make it wearable and ready for the market.

The inspiring story of its developers, the amazing rewards they offered and active campaigns featured in local media helped them raise £4,605, blasting past their original minimum target of £3,000.

Eyewink is currently being developed for the mass market so look out for it soon!