Cornwall-based Crowdfunder has been named as one of the 2014 'New Radicals' by the UK’s innovation foundation, Nesta.
The UK’s leading rewards-based crowdfunding platform is one of 50 people or projects that are being celebrated for helping to change Britain for the better.
New Radicals is a research led by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, and The Observer newspaper to find the top people, projects and organisations offering innovative ways to tackle social challenges.
More than 1,000 people responded to the open call for nominations, which were assessed by a panel of judges including John Mulholland, The Observer Editor and Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK.
Plymouth University Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Julian Beer said: "As a founding partner of Crowdfunder, we are delighted at this fantastic achievement.
"The award links closely with our ambitions for the partnership to see continued leading edge entrepreneurial support, creating real social change for students, staff and the wider community.”
Phil Geraghty, MD of Newquay-based Crowdfunder added: “Being named on the list is a massive boost for myself, and the team here at Crowdfunder.
“One that will have a lasting impact here in Cornwall and across the South West thanks to our successful Crowdfund Cornwall campaign - a real validation of all the hard work we, and the projects we help have put in.”
He added: “Working with hundreds of Cornish organisations alongside thousands of national projects like Sutton Community Farm, who used Crowdfunder to help grow their local veg box scheme, and Made in Hackney, who used Crowdfunder to keep operational after their Big Lottery grant came to an end, we have come to realise that with the crowd behind you anything can happen. And we think that’s pretty new and pretty radical."
Previously called Britain’s 50 New Radicals it is now referred to as New Radicals and this year, applications and nominations were invited across ten categories: community action; environment; health; employment/jobs; politics; media, architecture and the arts; science and technology; business; education and food.
Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta, said: “New Radicals celebrates the often unsung heroes who are blazing new trails that could benefit us all, whether in schools or care , science or the arts.
“It’s designed to complement the very familiar lists that celebrate the rich, the powerful and the famous, and we hope that once again the list can inspire others to turn their enthusiasm and ideas into practical change for the better.”
The full list of 50 2014 New Radicals can be found on the Nesta (www.nesta.co.uk) and Observer (www.observer.co.uk) ..