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“I can’t believe it”
“I can’t believe it” – I spoke to the fundr.org founder for his reaction after his non-profit social impact organisation were announced as finalists in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2019!
The search for the 2019 Great British Entrepreneur of the Year has begun as the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards opens for entries. I spoke with the fundr founder, Marc Fenwick, to get his reaction on being a finalist in this year’s competition and also what winning this award means to the fundr.org team.
“To win this award, in recognition for the great work fundr carries out, would be better than Newcastle winning the Premier League” – said Marc, “Myself and the fundr team are working super hard to help make a positive social impact in the North East of England and the surrounding areas” – he said.
The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in the United Kingdom. It celebrates the incredible stories that have taken entrepreneurs to where they are today, regardless of size or turnover.
Since launching in 2013, the Awards have celebrated some outstanding entrepreneurs who have gone on to become household names, including: Julie Deane OBE of The Cambridge Satchel Co., James Watt of BrewDog, David Buttress of Just Eat UK, Shaun Pulfrey of Tangle Teezer, and Hannah & Sophie Pycroft of Spectrum Collections.
So, back to the fundr founder Marc Fenwick, I asked him “what is fundr?”, Marc replied – “Rather than giving money to companies creating products or services like most other crowdfunding platforms, fundr enables backers to give money to causes they believe in so that they know their money is being put to good use.”
He also added – “Funders are welcome to contribute as much, or as little, as they would like, and they can contribute to as many campaigns as they wish simultaneously. Once they have submitted their contributions, they’ll receive frequent updates from the project creators, letting them know how the project is progressing and how their money is helping those efforts.”
Gordon Merrylees, MD of Entrepreneurship, NatWest said: “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the UK economy with small to medium sized businesses making up 99% of the UK’s enterprises and so it’s pivotal that we create the best environment where they can start, scale and succeed.”
I wish the best of luck to Marc and the fundr team in the Entrepreneur for Good award 2019, and a big well done to all other finalists in this year’s awards! You’re all amazing!
To see the great work that fundr.org is carrying out please visit their online social investment platform – https://fundr.org
To see all of the 2019 Great British Entrepreneur Award finalists please visit – https://www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com