Marco talked exclusively with us about his succsess as a winner of the EYA2014.
How would you describe eSolidar in three sentences?
eSolidar.com 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.
What was your motivation / intention to start eSolidar?
Demonstrate that social impact and profitability are two sides of the same coin and when you combine both, it can become greater that the sum of its parts.
You won the European Youth Award 2014 in the category “Money Matters”. Can you describe this experience? What were the most valuable things you learnt for your project? What did change for you after winning EYA2014?
It was a great experience to be able to meet social entrepreneurs and industry experts. It was an opportunity to go deep in what we are building and make sure we are on the right direction. Our brand become more valuable and receiving that award was an early market validation that helped us on reaching new costumers and investors.
How did your project further develop after EYA 2014? Did you receive any other awards?
Meanwhile we’ve raised €500K from venture capital and I’ve been selected by Forbes 30 under 30 for social entrepreneurship category in Europe, early this year.
Congratulations. What are your plans for the future? / What are your next steps with eSolidar?
We are now focused on conversion and retention. We will start a SaaS solution for companies to better develop their CSR strategy through employee engagement.
Do you have any tips or advice for all the other young social entrepreneurs and start-ups to bring their projects on the success track?
Yes. The business model is as important as the social impact. Both have to be strong enough in order to attract risk capital and deliver social impact at the same time. This is a new industry and finding investment still very hard, but it is up to us to make that path so new social entrepreneurs can follow our steps.