As many of you will know, Sponsorcraft chiefly exists to provide a swoosh platform for students looking for money to reach friendly people who, for one joyous reason or another, feel inclined to part with it for a good cause. We give students the opportunity to showcase their ideas to potential sponsors and, in doing so, we help them get their ideas funded. However, we don’t give out any sponsorship money directly. We are sponsorship facilitators rather than sponsors. All this is about to change! Until the end of July, that is…
“What constitutes social impact?” you’re probably wondering…
Here are some examples of projects we’ve had in the past that have demonstrated a potential for social impact:
In April this year, UWE Design student Ed Tolkien launched a campaign aiming to buy brand new pants and socks for homeless people in Bristol. Sound bizarre? He didn’t pluck the idea out of the dark. He found that after talking to people on the streets, the type of garments they said were most difficult to come by was underwear. And a lot of the second-hand gear donated was in a pretty grim condition. Ed managed to raise a whopping 138% of his funding target and has since been featured in The Guardian.
Another projects that demonstrates potential for social impact is Ben Pullen’s and SIFE UWE’s ‘Empower Kenya’ project, launched earlier this month. The main goal of the project is to empower a community to build and maintain an anaerobic biodigester at an orphanage in rural Kenya. A biodigester is a sealed tank which contains organic waste material, fermented by bacteria to methane, with fertiliser as a byproduct. It represents a simple way to produce a renewable source of energy, cleaner than the wood fuel it substitutes.
Just to be clear, these are simply examples of the kind of projects you could come up with which might score highly on a social impact index.
So how will the scoring work?
Projects will be scored in two areas of equal weighting:
(1) The judge’s score on the social impact of your project.
(2) The number of Facebook ‘Likes’ your project achieves. This means that the project with the most ‘Likes’ scores maximum; the project with next most ‘Likes’ scores next highest and so on and so forth.
The basic idea is to come up with a great project and then get all your friends, family, fans and devoted social media followers to ‘Like’ it on Facebook. The better the project, the easier this will be. However, to ensure that it’s not just a giant popularity contest, our judge will be using his extensive experience of guiding young entrepreneurs to score all entries.
– The winner will be selected and announced at the end of July 2012 –
So to get you hands on the money (as well as securing lasting fame), you’ve got to enter, create your project on our website, including a personal video describing your project, and click submit!
The Sponsorcraft team.
Before you start crafting, you may not be overly surprised to hear that terms and conditions do apply
Terms & Conditions.
1) meet the Sponsorcraft Guidelines;
2) submit their project though the website (no entries by email please);
3) accept that projects may require alterations to meet the standards required by Sponsorcraft’s moderation team;
4) accept that the judge’s decision is final;
5) spend the funding on their project, as described.
If you are unclear about any of these Terms & Conditions, please email email@example.com for clarification. You’ll get a response within 24 hours