Thom Feeney, the man behind the 2015 attempt to crowdfund a €1.6bn rescue package for Greece, has joined Stockholm based funding platform Funder as Chief Marketing Officer.
Funder is an online fundraising platform that enables small to medium sized associations and organisations and their members to raise more funds, through one-off crowdfunding attempts or regular contributions.
Thom will join Funder with a view to launching an international, English language version of the Swedish site as the startup prepares for a fundraising round itself. Thom said:
Over 100,000 people pledged almost €2million to the Greek Bailout fund in July 2015, but as the €1.6bn target was not met, under the terms of campaign everyone was refunded. Feeney set up a second Greek Crowdfund campaign which raised almost €300,000. Working with Athens charity Desmos, this money was used to employ 15 young people in charities across Greece for one year. The young people had a phenomenal impact, their work benefiting 50,000 people across Greece.
Funder was launched in 2013 by CEO Adam Hasslert and Carl-Johan Tessmar and won a Vinnova Innovation Award in 2015 as well as the Mobile for Good award at the Swedish Mobile Awards 2015. Over 45,000 supporters have raised a total of 20M SEK ($2.2M) for 400 organisations across Sweden.
CEO, Adam Hasslert said: