Category - Worldcoo World

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iWith.org becomes Worldcoo’s new partner!
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Worldcoo founders share experiences to more than a hundred students from KIC InnoEnergy Masters programs
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Sergi Figueres: "Our challenge is to bring our know how in the field of crowdfunding to put our bit to help develop cooperation projects"
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Worldcoo signs an agreement with the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation
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Worldcoo has a new partner!
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Worldcoo is looking for Sustainable Energy projects!
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Worldcoo was part of the TechCrunch Barcelona Meetup
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The day has come

iWith.org becomes Worldcoo’s new partner!

iWith.org is a nonprofit organization with the mission of helping NGOs in the Internet use. As well, its expert’s network is able to create and manage all Internet services from professional websites. In an everyday more digital World, be present in Internet is a must for everybody, but more for that organizations who ask for money to make possible cooperation projects. Communication must be the principal tool for these organizations to reach their target, and now it’s impossible to think about communication without having in mind the Internet and the new digital ways of being in touch.

Also, for a cowdfunding project, Internet is the main communication channel so it’s important to know how you can use it. As well, a social community is needed, and to build it, the good use of the Internet tools is a must. Communication objectives have to be identified, actions should be planned, and everything has to be carried out through the web and the social networks. This is why Worldcoo started to work in synergy with iWith.org Foundation.

iWhit.org offers advisory scholarships as a prelude to the development of a good Internet presence. Between the conditions for the granting of these scholarships, the projects submitted in Worldcoo are positively considered.

Internet is Worldcoo’s way of life, and it’s becoming to be also NGO’s way, therefore this synergy with iWith.org gives Worldcoo a huge value.

Worldcoo founders share experiences to more than a hundred students from KIC InnoEnergy Masters programs

Worldcoo’s founders, Aureli Bou and Sergi Figueres, shared their experiences on entrepreneurship last week, in the Networking Day, an event promoted by one of their principal partners, KIC InnoEnergy.

More than a hundred students from different KIC InnoEnergy Masters programs (RENE, MIE, SELECT & Clean Coal) attended the Networking Day Event, held on last Wednesday, February 6th, at CC Iberia Incubator and EsadeCreapolis venues in Sant Cugat. The objective of the activity was to present to the students the KIC InnoEnergy’s mission and business objectives, to create networks between students from technical and management Master programmes, so as to create joint work on the Master thesis, and to develop the added value activities of the students in research and business creation. It has been the first time that students from 4 different KIC InnoEnergy MSc programmes meet together.

The opening speech was performed by KIC InnoEnergy CEO, Diego Pavia, who spoke to the students about the main objectives of the masters, the opportunities they will find along the way and what was expected from them as participants. Afterwards, Aureli Bou and Sergi Figueres, Worldcoo’s founders, shared their experiences on how creating and sustaining a new business with KIC’s support was like.

In the second part of the meeting, the students from RENE, SELECT and Clean Coal visited KIC’s incubator facilities, as well as a sustainable house built by the start-up Noem and located at the entrance of the EsadeCreapolis building. In addition, MIE and RENE students doing the MSc participated in a networking session for the cooperation of their MSc thesis work, structured as a three-minute pitch made by the students. This activity was followed by the session’s wrap up.

Sergi Figueres: "Our challenge is to bring our know how in the field of crowdfunding to put our bit to help develop cooperation projects"

Worldcoo’s CEO, Sergi Figueres, signed this morning an agreement of collaboration with Carles Llorens, director of the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD). The aim of this agreement is to promote cooperation crowdfunding as a new way of financing cooperation projects, in front of the current decline of funding by the government. “What is needed is to push the business world to cooperation”, said Llorens.

This new partnership will mean for Worldcoo access to technical validated cooperation projects validated by the Agency and its advisers, and for the ACCD will be a new way to seek funding for projects that now they can not stand, joining to other already initiated ways of funding, as the sponsorship agreements.

Sergi Figueres has emphasised that “our challenge is to bring our know how in the field of crowdfunding and to get involved people and businesses through our website www.worldcoo.com. In this way, we put our bit to try to get where government does not reach”. Precisely one of the characteristics of Worldcoo is any cost for NGOs, while ensuring the full contribution of crowdfunding to projects, because their profit is in the management plans of the companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility. Therefore, it represents a paradigm shift on how far the world has worked in cooperation. Sergi Figueres, Aureli Bou i Bernat Mir launched this company one month ago, and they already work with projects from Intermón-Oxfam, Fundació Campaner and Desos NGO.

Carles Llorens says that “we have large difficulties to maintain public investments in cooperation for more than a year and a half, so we have put in place mechanisms to solve it”. The willingness of the Government is to find new ways of financing and innovative instruments adapted to the Catalan cooperation reality. Also meets the guidelines of the Master Plan for Development Cooperation 2011-2014, which establishes the need to promote innovation in policy instruments for development cooperation of the Government, as the tools to implement the strategies of cooperation have evolve according to the changes in international contexts.

Both Worldcoo as the Agency have shown hopefully in this agreement and wish a long and prosperous partnership.

Worldcoo signs an agreement with the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation

On Wednesday 13th of February, the Catalan Agency For Development Cooperation (ACCD) will present a collaboration agreement between them and Worldcoo, the best way they have found to get funding for the projects they support.

The agreement is part of the Catalan Government’s desire to find new ways of financing, additional to public resources, for development cooperation projects, as well as new innovative instruments adapted to the Catalan cooperation, for example, microdonacions. At the same time, this agreement meets the guidelines of the Master Plan for Development Cooperation 2011-2014, which establishes the need to promote innovation in instruments for development cooperation of the Government. The Catalan Government evidence with Worldcoo that the tools to implement strategies cooperation have evolved according to the changes in international contexts, as well as the needs and interests of the actors in the North and the South.

With this agreement, Worldcoo will start to work with new different NGO’s as well as more new projects. It represents a big expand in the research of high quality projects that will allow Worldcoo to keep offering to its community the best projects around.

By singing this agreement, Worldcoo is linked with the most relevant and important cooperation agency in Catalonia and its prestige and reputation. Worldcoo is proud to partner with the ACCD and appreciates its trust and support.

The people in charge to present the deal and sign the agreement this Wednesday will be Carles Llorens, Director General for Development Cooperation, and Sergi Figueres, CEO of Worldcoo. Roger Albinyana, Foreign Secretary, will also attend the signing.

Worldcoo has a new partner!

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya • BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialised in the fields of engineering, architecture and science. Since this week, it has become our second partner.

The activity that goes on at the UPC campuses and schools has made the University a benchmark institution. The University harnesses the potential of basic and applied research, and transfers technology and knowledge to society. These actions make the UPC -in partnership with the productive fabric- an agent and driver of economic and social change. In a highly creative context, the UPC’s research, teaching and management projects are based on principles that Worldcoo also subscribe: freedom, justice, democracy, solidarity, cooperation, sustainability, efficiency, transparency and social responsibility.

The UPC is present in over 130 countries in five continents thanks to the agreements and alliances with universities and institutions all over the world. This international profile is also made evident by the participation of its members in development cooperation projects and initiatives. The Centre of Cooperation for Development (CCD) is a section of the UPC, created with the aim to encourage the implication of the university in cooperation for development, and to support initiatives within this field among the UPC community members.

The relation between the UPC and Worldcoo will propitiate mutual support, thus trust and credibility because UPC is a benchmark institution in Technology. This collaboration also will involve The Centre of Cooperation for Development (CCD) which will provide help by advising Worldcoo when selecting projects and NGOs to support.

With this, Worldcoo wants so ensure that all projects listed, meet the technical, ethical and transparency requirements of excellence that users expect from us.
To conclude, we would like to appreciate the UPC for joining our team, it is an honour.

Worldcoo is looking for Sustainable Energy projects!

Worldcoo wants make the World a better place to life. This is why we are very interested in projects related to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Our aim is to make the Earth a more sustainable place, so this is why we need your help.

Worldcoo is supported by KIC InnoEnergy Iberia, which has specific premises devoted to incubating new companies in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona area). KIC InnoEnergy helps entrepreneurs and companies to turn their ideas, researches or developments into successful products and services, thereby creating new and innovative businesses.

If you have a project related to this thematic area, please do not hesitate to submit it. We will do our best to find the funding you need to make it possible.

Worldcoo was part of the TechCrunch Barcelona Meetup

Last Thursday 13th of December, Worldcoo went to the “City’s Hottest Startups Competition”, at the TechCrunch Barcelona Meetup.

TechCrunch is one of the most influential web publication about technology news and analysis, as well as profiles of startup companies, products and websites. It was founded by Michael Arrington in 2005, and nowadays it has more than 2,5 million of Twitter followers in all over the world.

Being part of its Meetup is an honour for any startup. In this case, Worldcoo not only went there, but it was one of the 15 pre-selected startups for being evaluated in a session involving investors. After this evaluation, the finalists did an open pitching competition. We weren’t finalists, but we could explain our project in front of more or less 200 people.

Worldcoo feels proud of being part of this meeting, full of interesting people and startups.

The day has come

We feel proud to communicate you that Worldcoo has launched his web platform today, 17th of December of 2012.

By now, what we all can say is that YOUR new tool to change the world is done! And we want to share with you our promotional video, which shows that together we can do big things.

We start the platform with the work done; we can already present five different and interesting projects, from different recognized International NGO’s, to donate:

1. NGO Desos, Nicaragua: Processing cocoa in the rural communities of Kukra River.
2. NGO Intermón Oxfam, Ethiopia: Water Bank.
3. NGO Red Cross, Ethiopia: Food security in 3 and 5 Kebele population of Woreda Menz Guera.
4. NGO Campaner, Nigeria: Construction of a fenced for crops.
5. NGO Red Cross, Catalonia: Emergency Program to support child’s school meals.

We are in Beta state so do not hesitate to contact us if you see that something doesn’t work in the right way, if you have any suggestions, or if there is anything that you think could be improved. Together we can do big things.

Thank you for being part of it.

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