The best new startups to get in the door of university students
It’s a bit like a game of telephone, but students are asking for help.
In a year that saw the launch of new digital currency exchange apps and a new app for student students to pay for courses, students are trying to find their own way to pay.
And some of them have found a way to do it without relying on traditional forms of funding, like university fees.
A group of young people, who all live in the city of Ghent, have been sharing tips for students, parents and universities on how to get their hands on funding for a new start-up that was launched last month.
They are known as student entrepreneurs ecosystem, or SAFE.
“We started with a few hundred euro [about $1,500] from friends, and we have raised that up to 200 euros [$230] for the first phase,” said Alexa de Jonge, who founded SAFE with her friend, Sofia Moudas.
“The first stage has already taken off.
We have more than 2,000 users.”
Alexa de Bonvoisin, left, and Sofia and Sofie Moudras, both 21, with SAFE, who are launching their new start up.
Students have also started to ask questions about the funding model, to learn more about it and how it might be used.
They are now offering a few tips to help students understand what they need to know about the startup, and whether it is an easy way to fund a new idea.
The group has been raising money via Facebook groups and a Reddit AMA, but SAFE is now looking to raise funds from other sources as well.
The group launched its crowdfunding campaign in April.
This week, SAFE said it had raised nearly 1,300 euros ($1,700) from more than 1,000 investors, making it the largest student entrepreneurship project in the Netherlands.
The idea for SAFE came from Sofia, 23, who graduated from the University of Gijon last year.
She and her friends decided to create a new kind of app that could allow students to easily pay for their courses through a social network.
It could also help to attract more young people into starting businesses.
“We wanted to have a platform where people can connect with each other,” she said.
Their initial idea was to build a platform that would let students create a virtual shop for buying course materials, and pay them in digital currencies.
Then, SAFe would pay students directly through their social network accounts, with the app taking a cut.
However, after some months of research, SAF e was able to come up with a solution that worked for students without relying solely on university fees, or even a government-backed loan.
“In this age of social media, we thought the idea of virtual shopping could be an interesting way to support people in the classroom,” Sofia said.
“So we put our ideas together and decided to launch SAFE as an educational platform, with a mission to bring digital currencies to all the young people in Ghent.”
So far, SAFEL is still in its early days, but the group has raised over 3,000 euros ($3,500) from students, and the initial crowdfunding campaign is expected to continue.
In the meantime, SAFEProve is offering a free smartphone app for students to download.
While the platform is currently limited to a limited number of users, the founders are hoping to expand the app to allow more students to use it.
SAFE is also considering building an app for the general public.
As the company continues to expand, SAFEGe will be inviting students to become members.
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