FundRazr Wins the Inaugural Vancouver Awards of Excellence
Mayor Gregor Robertson and members of Vancouver City Council hosted the first ever Vancouver Awards of Excellence on June 23rd, 2014 to honour youth, individuals, organizations, and businesses for their contributions to the city. The Awards of Excellence is a new civic awards program developed to celebrate those who make Vancouver a greener, healthier, more diverse, accessible and prosperous city. The recipients of the awards were nominated by the public, recommended by a peer review committee, and confirmed by City Council, who assessed their influence, impact and achievements.
We are happy to announce that FundRazr won the inaugural Vancouver Awards of Excellence in the Technology (under 25 employees) category. The Business Innovation Award recognizes contributions to Vancouver in the areas of economic impact and business leadership.
As one of the top 6 crowdfunding platforms in the world as measured by Forbes, FundRazr has become more than just a system that helps fund diverse projects and causes for individuals, non-profits and start-ups; it has evolved as a social enterprise that is instrumental in supporting local community, developing technology, growing entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses in Canada.
Striving to build a strong local community of giving and compassion, FundRazr helped Aprons for Gloves, a service industry non-profit, make a difference in lives of youth of the downtown east side Vancouver. The non-profit developed a program that helps teenagers at risk learn about respect and self confidence through boxing in their gym. Together with FundRazr, Aprons for Gloves enrolled community members to participate in a charity boxing rumble benefiting youth. The event turned over 200 supporters into advocates who created fundraising campaigns that raised $130,000 to finance the gym construction.
FundRazr stepped forward to set up a memorial fund for Tim Jones, the hero of North Shore Rescue, who dedicated his life to saving hundreds of people. By enabling crowdfunding for Tim Jones’ campaign on the North Shore Rescue website and its Facebook page as well as FundRazr itself, reaching out to local media and granting the cause a fee-free run, FundRazr empowered the Vancouver community to raise over $240,000 in less than 30 days to honor this true local hero.
Beyond doing social good FundRazr supports local entrepreneurs and brings energy to Vancouver’s startup ecosystem. Filling a gap in the local market for entrepreneurs needing funds to jumpstart, FundRazr helps start-ups and small businesses be more visible and trustworthy, raise funds from their community and reach their international business potential. A great example is a local company JusTea, that raised over $18,000 to invest in partnerships with Kenyan tea farmers, help them escape the cycle of poverty and promote their premium teas.
As one of the world’s technology leaders in crowdfunding, FundRazr has pushed the industry to the next level. Now, any business can leverage their brands and enhance their community by creating new revenue streams from crowdfunding solutions on their own website.
FundRazr uses its business networks in London, Silicon Valley and other business centers to spread the word about Vancouver’s great innovative entrepreneurial minds and share the fact that Vancouver is a great place to do business.
The Company is led by passionate and driven entrepreneurs. We understand how important it is not only to provide our 20 employees (doubled over the last 18 months) with high value high-tech jobs, but also to encourage them to accomplish bigger projects in their professional lives. For instance, in March 2014, Daniel Fraser, a social media API expert at FundRazr, launched his own start-up Easy Buzzer, a new front door service, with mentorship and support from FundRazr’s management.
FundRazr is thankful for recognition of its efforts in building community, improving lives and promoting Vancouver to the world.