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Our3Q – The Spark Project, Philippines

Patch, Ian, Pao, RJ, Chux – founders of The Spark Project, which is a community that aims to showcase Filipino talent and ingenuity through an online crowdfunding platform where they can campaign to fund their creative, innovative, and passion-driven projects. 


Q1: What do you appreciate yourself in the business mainly for?

The community we built in the past few years. The projects we continue to stay in touch with, projects which were found through our crowdfunding platform. We have friendship born from crowdfunding activities as we work close together with the projects which use the platform. Without even asking them to give back, they are eager to help, not just to us but the all community. We were successful to create this kind of community to share and give back without really asking or imposing it. They make themselves available. It shows how we have helped them through their journey, now they look forward to help others.


Q2: What is the biggest challenge for you now?

At the beginning the biggest challenge was to educate people on what crowdfunding is. This is changing a little bit. Next step is to push people to start their own crowdfunding project. And to go outside of Metro Manila. We haven’t even touched yet other parts of the Philippines.  


Q3: What advice do you have for yourself in this situation?

More successful projects. The more projects we have the more people will know about Spark. It’s a trickle-down effect. Usually successful projects get good press and they will come back to Spark as one which helped them at the beginning of the way. The more projects we have, the more people know about it and crowdfunding will be more accepted locally. 


Would you like to add something more?

Our mission is to make awesome ideas happen. There are a lot of equal or even better inspiring stories of social entrepreneurs and changemakers than ours, stories worth to learn about and listen to. We all have very personal connection to all those projects. They inspire us to continue and they inspire other projects, become role models for others. 


The questions were asked on our behalf by Anna and Andrea from How to (ex) change the world.


Manila, Philippines, 22nd February 2016

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