Buy the movie of the elephant crossing the Alps and help launch StudentFunder!

by StudentFunder Ltd

About the project


Tipping Point £5,000
Final Milestone £20,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
It furthers access to education and promotes social mobility, education, employment, diversity and entrepreneurship.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Every year, an estimated 500,000 students are admitted into postgraduate programmes in the UK but about 10% of them do not enrol because they lack the necessary funds. With the cost of undergraduate education rising from £3k to £9k, many students are thinking twice about postgraduate education, some are dropping out of their undergraduate programmes, especially those from poorer backgrounds.
What is your solution?
Creating an online marketplace that allows individuals and institutions to fund students who deserve their support and will generate social, environmental and/or economic returns on those investments.
How will you deliver this?
Buzzbnk will power StudentFunder’s platform, on which funders can find students they would like to invest in through donations and loans. Funders include the students’ own friends and family, university alumni, universities themselves, corporates… StudentFunder will partner with universities to bring the platform to more and more students. Our BETA will run in October, November and December 2012.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Please spread the word! Let the world know about StudentFunder.
  • 5 minutes
    Please spread the word! Let the world know about StudentFunder… and then relax for three minutes.
  • 15 minutes
    Please write an email to if you have any ideas.
  • 30 minutes
    Please write an email to if you think your university should hear about StudentFunder and you could provide an introduction.
  • A few hours
    Please feel free to introduce the StudentFunder team to anyone who you think could be interested in supporting/investing in the venture or students. Write to
  • Regular time commitment
    Please write an email to if you can provide any service that could help launch and run the venture itself or fund students. We can always use help!

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Mission: Promoting access to education, employment and enterprise to realise untapped human potential. Vision: Using innovation to build a community of inclusive support.

Geographical coverage


Our track record

Juan, from StudentFunder, practically crowdfunded the first year of his studies in Germany the old fashioned way – with emails and cash.

Who do we help?

Students who need funding to enrol or stay on a postgraduate programme (we will venture into undergraduate programmes at a later stage).

Awards And Recognitions

This venture is being incubated at the Emerge Venture Lab.