Why we want to crowdfund science?
Scientific research is struggling to secure funding to many issues that are important to everyone, from environment related to health related. If it’s the state of the environment or rare diseases or even quirky science you are passionate about. Crowd.Science can help make it happen with your help. We are striving to pair some of the best scientists across the globe with a community of backers who can fund their research proposals. Currently research is funded mostly by research councils which receive funds through taxation, charities through donations and corporates who might fund R&D or research as part of corporate social responsibility. Crowd.Science provides a place where communities can form around research areas and back specific projects that they believe are worthy of support giving people the choice to not only back causal areas but back scientists whose work they want to see come to fruition.
Founder & CEO – Natalie Jonk
Natalie founded Crowd.Science (formerly Walacea.com) as she recognises that there is a huge volume of exciting research that would benefit from crowdfunding. She has a science degree and worked in a science communications role in the pharmaceutical industry for 5 years.
COO – Sally Burton-Graham
Sally is a former Fundraising Director who has experience attracting major gifts and building partnerships. These skills are transferable to Crowd.Science projects to top up community crowdfunding.
CTO – Alex Kustov
Alex has 7 years experience as a full-stack developer. Clients include Oxford Dictionaries website (17m daily views), Saatchi & Saatchi. He teaches code & works and has been working on the new Crowd.Science beta site. He is a fast coder, logical, task driven & strategic.