Acorn is promoting social enterprise by providing free crowdfunding for any legal project in any country. It's a huge and growing market in the West and a completely untapped market in developing countries.
Changing the Face of Crowdfunding
Acorn is building a blockchain based crowdfunding platform that's the first to be free and open to any legal project in any country.
ERC-20 token means tiny transaction fees (other platforms: typically 3-5%). ICO proceeds fund our Revenue Generation Mechanisms so we don’t need to charge any platform fees for crowdfunding (other platforms: typically 5%).
All Legal Projects
We’ll allow legal and non-harmful projects, irregardless of category to crowdfund for free. Acorn works as well for community projects as it does for huge consumer products. We don't shut you out because you're a local business.
Crowdfunding is an outstanding success in developed countries. Emerging markets are all but shut out. We’re interested in an expansive ecosystem, so we’ll allow all non-sanctioned countries.
Fixed supply token, used for all transactions in our crowdfunding hub, our post-campaign marketplace, our support services and our point-of-sales payment app. Real utility means real demand.
We want to reward and encourage early adopters. A Project Incentive Fund provides generous incentives for people to use our platform. Our affiliate rewards provides commissions for successful recruitment of additional users.
We have a growing list of interested projects waiting to be listed. Accelerators and incubators in developed and emerging markets are partnering with us to provide crowdfunding to ventures and entrepreneurs in their networks.
Entrepreneur, doctor, dog lover. Moritz has combined 4 years of working in anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine with a passion for entrepreneurship, driven by the belief that technology can and should bring opportunity within reach of everyone, everywhere. In 2017, he left medicine to co-found Acorn, a crowdfunding and startup ecosystem that helps founders and projects across the world access funding and deliver on their goals. Alongside his incredible team (and Benny, the office dog), Moritz wants to use blockchain and crowdfunding as the key tools to help those entrepreneurs that are bold and ambitious enough to help themselves. PS. Have we mentioned Moritz now gets to work with an incredible team of passionate people? Yea, they’re amazing!
Peter-Andreas Kurtz is a corporate finance specialist with over 40 years working for top European banks in Frankfurt, New York, London and Hong Kong. His expertise in MA with some of the world’s best-known brands has given him a deep understanding of financial risk management and analysis. Peter now brings his unique insights to SMEs. With a passion for small businesses and start-ups, Peter believes every enterprise should have access to the expertise and funding it needs to thrive.
Ed is a software engineer and architect with over ten years experience in delivering small scale and ERP systems. A professional Scrum Master, Ed’s fascinated by InfoSec and DevSecOps protocols, and is also currently working on a new Agile process framework that focusses on assuring quality for agency-style multi-client software development lifecycles. In odd moments of free time, Ed’s part of a group that contributes to and promotes QAA web standards as well as renovating a Victorian house. The web standards are much more straightforward.
Ed’s the co-founder and CEO of Hoppr, a big data platform that provides the link between digital marketing and offline retail transactions. Ex-South West Chairman of the Institute of Consulting in the UK, Ed has created, owned and consulted for start-ups and traditional businesses for over a decade.
Social Initiatives Director
Following her studies in languages, business and international relations in France, China & Singapore respectively, Hélène moved to Indonesia to do field work for the humanitarian project of both international and local NGOs for several years. Since 2016, she is back home in France, where she is working as Global Health Partnerships Manager at an international NGO for access to medicines in middle-income countries. She believes community based organizations are the best vessel of change and that local initiatives need more support. She enjoys travelling, learning languages, scuba-diving, cinema and reading.
Cybersecurity & Startup Specialist
Simon is an EMEA go to market specialist in the cyber security industry as well as an experienced start-up advisor with a London accelerator. Specialising in advising companies levering emerging technologies to build novel platforms, Simon is a former investing Non-Executive Director in the UK who now helps fast-growing tech start-ups to make their ideas a reality.
Co-founder of Bitcoin.hk and a full stack blockchain developer. He has worked on different projects from cryptocurrency fundraising to universal blockchain explorer. He is also an active investor in cryptocurrencies and blockchain industry.
Head of Marketing
Serial entrepreneur always working in new technologies. Co-founder of one of the first social Wi-Fi platforms. Co-founder of Hoppr App, disrupting all discounting and marketing channels for the hospitality industry. Ed’s also currently working on a programme to create an incubator providing growth and development opportunities for young entrepreneurs and startups.
Head of Community & Partnerships
With a degree in Marketing, lengthy experience of business development and a passion for exciting ideas, Ben’s skills have seen him work across a variety of industries on a wide scope of projects. From starting his own business to engaging with the C-Suite from the world’s biggest brands, his focus has always been on the people behind the ideas. A cheerleader for making the world a more accessible place for all and the democratising power of technology to achieve this.
Marketing & Community
A recent business graduate from the University of the West of England, Toby’s a keen entrepreneur in his own right, running a successful events company followed by Kanyefest, a national touring club night featured on Radio 1 and national press in the UK. Like the rest of the team, Toby has been connected with small startups and entrepreneurship on a personal level, and shares Acorns vision of making enterprise more available to communities worldwide through better funding. With great insights into social media mechanics and community-building, Toby’s focus is to help spread the word about Acorn through social and forum channels and help manage our ad campaigns.
Customer Relations Manager
Jan is Acorn’s self-proclaimed ‘King of Spreadsheets’. As the gatekeeper to the CRM his task is to maintain and develop our customer base, whilst making sure our company administration and systems are watertight. After a year of studying philosophy, politics and ethics at university, Jan decided he would learn more from full time employment. Since then he has worked in variety of industries including managing administration at a laser measurement company. Jan is enjoying the challenge and excitement of working at a rapidly growing company, and being an integral part of a game changing idea.
Rory is responsible for analysing and developing Acorn’s digital marketing strategy – from tweets, to Telegram, Facebook and website analytics. As a marketing graduate from the University of South Australia he is passionate about using his skills for good, and has a particular interest in sustainability and politics. With a background in pro-social start-ups, he is well placed at Acorn Collective. A previous role saw him working for a niche sustainable food start-up, providing employment opportunities for disadvantaged Aboriginal people in Australia. He is enjoying being a part of an incredible team dynamic and working hard everyday to make the start-up vision real.
A professional writer with a background in journalism and content creation, Tayana writes Acorn’s online copy, articles, and company communications. With a first class journalism degree, she has worked for national TV and online platforms. Working as a copywriter in recent years she has written about a wide range of subjects from stem cells, to nutrition, travel, and now crowdfunding. Tayana strongly believes in the power of crowdfunding to give access to funding to the developing world.
Videographer / Creative
Jamie is Acorn’s in-house cameraman and graphic design extraordinaire – he is responsible for much of the company’s visuals, videos and graphic design. His career so far has seen him work as a camera operator in Vienna, as well as working for Jamie Oliver’s video production unit creating social content and graphics. Jamie enjoys the excitement of working in a start-up with the potential to help people around the world crowdfund their ideas and businesses.
Phil sits at the heart of Acorn’s platform development. Answering the all-important who, what, when and why throughout the platform build. Phil comes to us from a background in development with a strong focus on the users’ needs. He is passionate about helping businesses to grow through the power of technology, and building products that people want to use. Away from the office, Phil is a culinary connoisseur, and can never be found too far away from ‘some sort of food or drink or both. “I’m looking forward to joining the journey, rolling up my sleeves and helping make the Acorn platform a reality!”
Tom comes to Acorn after 10 years working as a software engineer with 5 years experience successfully leading the development of products through the entire SDLC. Tom guides Acorn’s technical solutions, security mitigations, whilst helping to design, implement and optimise the SDLC. He will help to support the live product and contribute towards the continuous application development. Away from work, when he's not chasing after his son or cycling around the Mendips, Tom loves to get to grips with new technologies with an aim to directly or indirectly improve his capabilities and that of the team. “I feel proud to be working on a product which will have a positive impact on the world and be involved in the development of a platform in such an exciting technical space right from its inception.”
Tom is at the core of our software development at Acorn Collective, helping to shape and deliver the platform from a technical perspective. He comes from 15+ years in the software industry in a range of sectors from retail EPOS solutions, to high net wealth markets and asset management solutions. “I’m excited to be engaging my talent towards a more noble cause above generic financial services. I’m looking forward to providing a financing platform that will open up funding to developing nations, so that they have an equal opportunity to prosper.”
Crowdfunding & Technical Advisor
David has well over a decade of working in technology, with a wealth of knowledge ranging from delivering highly complex ecommerce applications to architecting enterprise grade regulated software platforms. While serving as Chief Technology Officer at the World’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, David built the team and architecture that allowed the company to rise to its dominant position enabling the platform to raise over £350 million for its clients.
Blockchain & Startup Advisor
Ian’s a serial entrepreneur, investor and consultant with business experience from around the world. He's the founder of Binkplus, a startup incubator in Europe, and his overall mission is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities. With Ian’s experience in blockchain along with his passion for incubators and startups he’s a great person to work with as we try and change the way ventures get funded. Changing crowdfunding for good is a goal that needs great advocates and experienced advisors. We’re delighted to have Ian working with us.
Theodosis Mourouzis is an information security (with specialization in cryptography) and data analytics expert. He has a BSc and MSc in Mathematics from University of Cambridge and a MRes and PhD in Cryptography from University College London. He has experience applying analytics in several domain applications such as fraud detection purposes and device fingerprinting. He has been a consultant for various startups and organizations such as Lloyds Banking Group. He has worked in research projects funded by UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and UK CDE (Centre of Defense Enterprise).
Kyriacos holds a BA/MA(Hons) in Genetics from the University of Cambridge, a double BSc in Computer Science/Mathematics and an MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Arizona. He has been working on achieving information accountability in relational databases and has been developing information accountability enterprise architectures along with forensic tools and algorithms for analyzing database tampering. His expertise includes database design and security, information accountability, and cloud databases.
Jeremy has over 19 years of experience delivering valuable products to large enterprises like BT, Nokia, Bloomberg, Guggenheim, HMRC and GDS. He has worked in leadership roles across all disciplines of the development cycle from business analyst to quality assurance to development in both the Unites States and Europe. Jeremy has also co-founded cloud infrastructure security startup drie which helps enterprises develop and deploy software securely on AWS. drie has secured two rounds of funding in its inaugural year and has recently been through CyLon's cyber security accelerator.
Steve is an entrepreneur, social influencer in cryptocurrency, runs a podcast called The Coin Chat, and is an ICO Advisor. An accomplished entrepreneur and strategist with extensive expertise at board level, in investment management, banking, energy and retail sectors. Steve has worked for notable companies such as Infosys, Deloitte and IBM. With expertise in digital and technology platforms in investment, banking, energy and retail sectors and a specific focus in cryptocurrencies, Steve is well placed to deliver specialist advice in everything from digital marketing strategy, to token economics and user engagement. “There is nothing more fun than being part of the early stages of a project to watch it grow and blossom much like planting an acorn. The team is highly motivated, visionary, energised and determined to build a platform that transforms social and crowd based funding.”
Hasib Nawaz Shaikh
Hasib is a highly esteemed investment advisor, managing real estate portfolios for high net worth individuals across the globe. He has extensive experience in residential developments, hotels and luxury retail brands in Dubai and Pakistan. Most recently Hasib has been assisting high net worth individuals to diversify their real estate portfolios into cryptocurrencies. Hasib is based in Dubai and is an integral part of the Acorn team.
ICO, Business Development Advisor
For the past two decades, Anuj Khanna has been helping financial technology, mobile applications and telecom businesses around the world. He has helped over 50 companies and their executive teams in achieving exponential growth and reaching their peak state. Passionate about democratizing funding and business access, Anuj advises on ICO and business development along with good governance. Anuj speaks five languages and has business relationships with thousands of telecommunications, IT, advertising, media and financial industry executives.
ICO & Investment Advisor
Desmond Marshall is the founder and MD of Rouge Ventures, an investment and strategic consulting firm in Asia. He is one of the very first individuals in Asia to be a member of the global Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, joining fellow ranks like Accenture, BP British Petroleum, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Microsoft, UBS, and many other Fortune 500 companies, in defining new development roadmaps to blockchain technology and its application in the real world. Mr Marshall has numerous experiences in reviewing and vetting blockchain related investment projects since 2012, long before it became popular, and has an in-depth understanding of how investors and companies should operate within such a new trend.
Becky is a creative professional and graduate of the Parsons School of Design. Working with renowned international designer houses in New York and London, she loves art that works for people, and has been Art Director at a design boutique hotel in Hong Kong, which brings art and design to a functional context. A genuine desire to see art pervade commercial spaces makes Becky a perfect champion for arts in the Acorn Crowdfunding platform; helping curate the relationships and commercial opportunities that make it a true home for artistic projects.
Business Development Advisor
Viola is a proven communicator with a background in MNC commercial/marketing procurement and regional stakeholder relationship management. Her passion for communication has led to roles as CMX Hong Kong community curator, member of Mexican Chamber of Commerce and as a Mandarin teacher in Confucius Institute. Fluent in five languages, Viola believes technology should empower people, with every single individual around the world benefiting from the decentralization of information and tools.
Music Industry Advisor
Brought up in the UK and Hong Kong, Daniel started his first band at 16 and started a band management agency in Germany in his 20s. Now managing 5 bands, he’s at the heart of the industry. An ambassador for crowdfunding in the arts, Daniel’s part of a movement to give more control to artists and their audience by creating better ways to connect from the start. Using technology, he sees a future where audiences and artists both have a stake in the business and creative aspects his industry.
Jon has designed strategic digital experiences for house-hold name companies and innovative startups alike. He has helped raise seed investment for a startup through a successful crowd-funding campaign. He has experience across a very wide range of sectors and across multiple-disciplines - making him a good communicator with engineering and design teams. He is passionate about using design as a tool to help improve quality of life and solve wickedly complex problems in the world.