Monday 25 January, 2016
Diplomatic Council starts new Global Funding Program with Fundsurfer
The Diplomatic Council (DC), a United Nation accredited global think tank, has chosen the British funding platform Fundsurfer, as a strategic partner for its new DC Global Funding Program. Fundsurfer´s CEO and co-founder Oliver Mochizuki has been named Chairman of the global investment program run by the Diplomatic Council.
“Oliver is the perfect leader for our global funding program, due to his international investment expertise and the benefits this will bring our members and their projects. In line with our ethos, he is also genuinely interested in projects that have a humanitarian element and moving them forward as they seek funding,” said Andreas Dripke, Diplomatic Council CEO to the United Nations.
Using a bespoke crowdfunding platform built by Fundsurfer, the Diplomatic Council’s 5,000 plus members and partners can raise the first 25% of funding they need for commercial and humanitarian projects they are involved in across the globe. The next 25% and subsequent 50% will then be match-funded by international Government & corporate investment partners.
With several internationally significant projects already lined-up to launch on the platform when it goes live this week, the Funding team are keen to hear from Government, corporate and other investment vehicles that might be interested in becoming match-funding partners.
Oliver Mochizuki, chairman of the Diplomatic Council Global Funding Program explains; “Not only does our partnership enable Diplomatic Council members to access innovative forms of finance such as crowdfunding, it provides an invaluable pipeline of quality projects to the corporate and Government match funders on board.
“Often, it can be hard, particularly for larger global investors and Government departments to find a steady steam of ‘grassroots’ projects that need funding. There’s also the challenge of qualifying potential investments against pre-determined criteria. The new Diplomatic Council Global Funding Program aims to bridge this gap and provides funding opportunities in line with sector, location and type of funding required.”
The DC Global Funding Program´s crowdfunding platform starts with three international projects. Firstly, The Luz Maria Foundation against Domestic Violence, a US charity who’s founder Luz Maria will speak at the All Nations Gala. The Foundation needs funds to continue its mission to raise public awareness and education on domestic violence against women and children, including those living in Argentina. In regards to collaborating with the DC Global Funding Program, Luz Maria Utera, said, “Working together we can have the world we want. I am a firm believer that dreams really can come true and that we can make it happen.”
Also looking for investment to achieve its first 25% of funding is a project based in Germany, which, wants to buy a ‘Rescue Airship’, the most modern in the world, which can easily deliver aid to areas across the globe hit by natural disasters, famine, earthquakes and other large-scale tragedies. "The possibilities, said the Rescue Airship club chairman, Michael Krebs, are enormous. I believe the airship is the future for rescue in disaster relief and I am delighted to work with the new funding program "
Another project looking for partners is a Dutch-SriLankan collaboration, based in Columbo, which aims to retrofit 750 tuk-tuks with electric motors in Sri-Lanka, before rolling out across the Country to help reduce pollution. Another benefit to the local drivers will be to provide an additional revenue stream from advertising on the Tuk-Tuks. The project infrastructure includes charging stations across 15 districts in Columbo.
As well as launching projects on the platform to secure funding, Diplomatic Council members & partners can also invest in and support projects that meet their own interests.
For further information about the Global Funding Program, becoming a match fund partner or launching a project, please contact: Oliver Mochizuki, via email at: email@example.com
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Notes to editors
About the DC Global Funding Program (www.diplomatic-council.org)
The DC Global Funding Program is based on cooperation with leading investment funds and specialists around the world and the global Fundsurfer organization as a strategic partner. Fundsurfer is a crowdfunding and commercial finance platform offering access to a wide range of alternative and collaborative funding options. It is part of the fin-tech sector focused on innovating the delivery of funds to projects and companies.
The goal of the DC Global Funding Program is to raise funding for
• Humanitarian and social projects undertaken by the Diplomatic Council itself and/or by DC partners organisations,
• Commercial projects of DC corporate members as long as these projects follow the DC rules and regulations including the DC code of ethics.