In the beginning of 2015, I came to the realization that I had somehow slipped into a daily routine that wasn't challenging me. I was working a 9-5 job, six days a week, and was struggling to find enough time to pursue the activities that I truly cared about. In an effort to break my routine, I decided to save up some money and fly down to Australia for a few months. The whole purpose of my trip was to put myself into new situations and push the boundaries of my comfort zone.
I spent the next five months engaging in various types of activities and meeting great people from all over the world. What fascinated me most was the number of young people I met who, like myself, deeply cared about the various issues their communities were facing. It seemed as though everywhere I went, people shared this urge to take action and address the causes they were passionate about. Instead of venting their displeasure through social media, these people strived to be a part of the solution in a more hands-on way.
(Pictured above, Lou making some friends in Australia)
And yet the more people I spoke to, the more apparent it became that many of us shared this underlying sense of frustration. Having the will to do good was one thing, but actually acting on those good intentions was much tougher than expected. Both discovering opportunities to get more involved, as well as finding ways to easily connect with others who cared about the same causes we did were two major hurdles that many of us struggled to overcome. Why did doing good have to be this hard?
When I returned back to Europe, I met up with a couple of friends in Berlin. After exchanging stories, we realized that each of us had encountered the same issue across three different continents. The more we spoke about it, the more ambitious we became to find a solution to this problem. What began as an idea, evolved into a project and eventually turned into a company.
(Pictured above from left to right: Andreas, Lou, and Vic - Berlin, 2015)
Over the past 18 months we’ve been building a platform that can not only be used by nonprofits to easily plan and promote events, but also by millennials to connect with each other and address the issues they truly care about.
Co-founder and CPO