CROWDFUNDING FOR PEOPLE INVOLVED IN EDUCATION AND NON-PROFITS

  • What is crowdfunding?

Hubbub is a network of crowdfunding platforms. Crowdfunding is the process of securing financial support from a crowd of many donors, each making an individual, small donation in return for a small reward, like a t-shirt or a project poster. Hubbub provides platforms to showcase projects to a potentially huge audience, and gives donors and supporters an easy way to get involved.
  • How are we different?

Hubbub's key benefit is our expertise in education and non-profit fundraising. We are able to integrate with common existing processes and systems. Moreover, we can showcase new projects to those who have already supported connected projects - such as those at the same university or town or in similar categories.
  • Who is it for?

Hubbub brings crowdfunding to the education and non-profit sectors, offering universities, charities, non-profits, colleges, schools, and their students and staff an accessible, alternative method to obtain social funding for their ideas and projects.
  • How do I create a project?

Simply login and enter a few key details: a description of what you want to do, a funding target and completion date, and some rewards for pledges. Images and videos can also bring your project to life! We offer advice, tips, and feedback all along the way.
  • All-or-nothing funding?

Every project must achieve its minimum needed by its completion date or no funds change hands. Why? Because this protects both sides: projects only proceed if they have enough resources to actually deliver. This keeps everyone happy! However, you are in control, and can set your minimum as low as you like.
  • Are there any fees?

Hubbub charges no fees. Our payment gateways, PayPal and Stripe, apply fees of between 2.5% and 3.5% to successful projects. We recommend adding a little bit more to your funding target to cover these costs. If a project is not successful no fees whatsoever are charged.
  • Jonathan May

    Founder and CEO - @jonathan_may

    The company linchpin, Jonathan brings experience and entrepreneurial success from his previously founded start-ups. As a Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association and a member of the Westminster Crowdfunding Forum – a crowdfunding advisory board to Whitehall – he is well connected and respected on crowdfunding; combining these commercial facets effortlessly with his technical background. Owner of the vision, he steers the team towards Hubbub’s priorities and success.

  • Duncan Knox

    Managing Director - @DuncanKnox

    Duncan single-handedly built Hubbub's relationships with university Development Offices around the UK. He has become the first point of contact to turn to regarding crowdfunding in education and now continues to develop networks across the Higher Education space.

  • Patrick Farrell

    CTO - @farrepa

    Nerd, University of Warwick Computer Science (MEng) graduate, Goldman Sachs worker bee in a previous life, and entrepreneur. I'm a mythical full stack engineer: adept at Python, Django, happy playing with Go and Gorilla, handy with a debugger be it pdb, gdb, or Firebug. I appreciate a good provisioning with Salt or Ansible – no thank you Chef or Puppet, enjoy a tasty db execution plan, admire Bootstrap and ZURB for making lives easier, love Backbone.js, tolerate Angular.js, and dabble with typography – all in the name of making platforms like Hubbub beautiful inside and out and a treat to use.

  • Sophia Duffy

    Creative Director - @duffy_sophia

    Understanding our customers is critical to our success and her breadth of skills covers the user experience from end to end. Not only is Sophia responsible for user insights, research, user testing, graphical design and competitor benchmarking, she also managed the re-branding from Sponsorcraft to Hubbub and is pivotal in Hubbub’s content marketing efforts. In touch with the latest movements, she brings forward-thinking expertise from the likes of General Assembly, Happy Start Up School and the School of Life into the team.

  • Tom Sellers

    VP Sales - @tomsellers84

    The name says it all. Tom has been working in sales in the education sector for 8 years, developing networks throughout the UK in private & state schools; understanding the structure and processes (and hoops!) that affect sales in the education sector.

  • Donna Zhou

    Head of Operations

    Donna is a failed investment banker. Donna is responsible for all the exciting finances of Hubbub and cake baking.

  • Michael Blatherwick

    Web Developer - @rogue_michael

    Michael loves thinking about and exploring how systems work: be that in web development, designing and building board games, or talking far too much about how sports and games work. Having picked up all his web development knowledge on the fly, his own style is now starting to emerge: a strong preference for automated tests that actually do some good, version control history that isn't a garbled mess, and code that stands a chance of still being readable in the future. He is also rather fond of the subjunctive mood.

  • Ramy Khuffash

    Web Developer

    Since graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in Accountancy and Information Systems, I've Co-founded an accelerator-backed startup and built a wide range of websites. I enjoy building things that people find valuable and am excited to be doing that at Hubbub.

  • Bruna Cossi

    Office Manager

    Bruna is a BSc Business student about to graduate. She loves the idea of being able to support students to achieve their goals and change the world. Helping in all and any part of the business, she will help us to expand and develop our reach in the UK higher education market.

  • Lewis Clayton

    Accounts Director

    Lewis has spent the last three years working as an account manager in the Education space. He is now using his skill in organisation and knowledge of the industry to research and identify those that should be crowdfunding, and contact those individuals within organisations to drive crowdfunding forward.

  • Christina Pashialis

    Community Manager - @christina_p

    A University of Nottingham graduate, Christina joins us with experience in fundraising, event organising and media planning. She has a keen interest in startups and is passionate about growing the Hubbub tribe and building a crowdfunding revolution!

Our Board of Directors

Professor David May

FRS FREng - Chair

XMOS CTO and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bristol. David has 33 granted patents with many pending patents centred around microprocessor technology. He is on the technical advisory boards of several semiconductor companies.

Professor Selby Knox

Director

Selby had 35 years experience within the University of Bristol, including 15 in senior management positions. He was Head of the School of Chemistry from 1992-2001, before joining the senior management team of the University as Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for resources (Finance and Estates) from 2004 - 08.

Jonathan May

CEO

The company linchpin, Jonathan brings experience and entrepreneurial success from his previously founded start-ups. As a Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association and a member of the Westminster Crowdfunding Forum – a crowdfunding advisory board to Whitehall – he is well connected and respected on crowdfunding; combining these commercial facets effortlessly with his technical background. Owner of the vision, he steers the team towards Hubbub’s priorities and success.

Duncan Knox

Managing Director

Duncan single-handedly built Hubbub's relationships with university Development Offices around the UK. He has become the first point of contact to turn to regarding crowdfunding in education and now continues to develop networks across the Higher Education space.

Martin Campbell

MD of Ormsby Street

As MD of Shoreditch start up Ormsby Street, Martin brings two decades of digital experience to building SaaS products that help small businesses understand big data. Over his 15 years running digital agency Baigent, he specialised in not-for-profits and built industry defining digital fundraising tools that leading charities still use today. Acquired into Convio and Blackbaud, he then spent half a decade working in larger organisations focusing in international M&A and partnerships.