eSolidar

Charity shops and online auctions to support great causes

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Since 2014, eSolidar has been connecting consumers with social causes and enabling charities to diversify their fundraising base & reach new audiences through online charity shops, donations and special charity auctions with celebrities & brands. After reaching 50K registered users and almost 800 charities, we're now getting businesses involved.

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Marco BarbosaMaker@mbarrbosa · Co-founder @ eSolidar, Forbes 30under30
Hello Product Hunters! I'm Marco Barbosa, Co-founder @ eSolidar. The team and I are incredibly excited to have been hunted today. We'll be available all day to answer any comments you have. In the meantime, let me tell you what we have built and our aim. We live in a world where we use the internet to shop, date, and to consume, yet only a very tiny percentage of charitable giving occurs online. eSolidar is a global giving marketplace that allows people to shop, sell and donate to their favourite charitable causes. At the same time, the platform enables charities to diversify their fundraising base and reach new audiences through online charity shops, donations and special charity auctions with celebrities/brands. In 2 years, the platform has close to 40K registered users, over 700 charities and partnered with some of the biggest music festivals and celebrities. Based in Portugal and UK, have done initiatives with 100+ celebrities (including Cristiano Ronaldo, Queen, Katy Perry, Elton John and Mark Knopfler), has achieved over 120% growth in the past six months and we are now equity crowdfunding on Seedrs: www.seedrs.com/esolidar eSolidar aims to do more for the “for-profit with purpose” industry than conventional charity platforms. It implements an e-commerce-powered fundraising marketplace, paired with a comprehensive social platform for charities and their communities. It’s their objective not to simply develop a platform, but foster a global social impact community that connects companies and consumers to charitable causes worldwide.
Inês SilvaHunter@isss111 · Entrepreneurship | Future of Work
eSolidar is a global giving marketplace that allows people to shop, sell and donate to their favourite charitable causes. Great product and a great team, making a real impact.
Marco BarbosaMaker@mbarrbosa · Co-founder @ eSolidar, Forbes 30under30
@isss111 thanks for ​*hunting*​ eSolidar - our team back in Braga and London is ultra proud :)
Jose Simoes@jmsimoes · Co-founder @ Zenklub, Bitcoin enthusiast
Awesome team! Great product & cause
Marco BarbosaMaker@mbarrbosa · Co-founder @ eSolidar, Forbes 30under30
@jmsimoes Thanks :D Hope the weather in Brazil is as good as in UK -.-'
Ben TossellPro@bentossell · newCo
This has been a couple of years in the making, right? would love to hear the story, challenges etc
Marco BarbosaMaker@mbarrbosa · Co-founder @ eSolidar, Forbes 30under30
@bentossell Many thanks. Kind of :) We spend around 9 months building the first version and launched it in May 2014 in Portugal. Now, we are growing in Brazil and UK. Well, building a startup to support charities has several challenges. Just to highlight a few... - First, online charitable giving is not very "popular" and charities and not so used to raise funds online. - Second, VCs kinda "hate" the word charity and its extremely challenging to show that profitability and social impact can "work" together. - Third, there is a mindset challenge where most of the people usually have a visceral reaction to the idea that anyone would make money by helping other people. But interestingly, they don’t have a visceral reaction to the notion of people would make a lot of money not helping other people. After raising 2 rounds, we decided to start an equity crowdfunding campaign in order to get our community as part of our family, in order to give back and build a stronger ecosystem. Let me know if you would like to know more about where we are going within next years :)
PedroHiring@pcbo · Co-founder @ Landing.jobs
Top notch team & founder vision, already invested some on their crowdfunding campaign: www.seedrs.com/esolidar.
Marco BarbosaMaker@mbarrbosa · Co-founder @ eSolidar, Forbes 30under30
@pcbo You're such an inspiration for me as an entrepreneur
PedroHiring@pcbo · Co-founder @ Landing.jobs
@mbarrbosa beers next week?
Marco BarbosaMaker@mbarrbosa · Co-founder @ eSolidar, Forbes 30under30
@pcbo deal!