In 2008, two youths from humble backgrounds, with the hopes of inspiring other teenagers, planned to share their experiences on youth motivation and overseas social proejcts through a book. The duo approached and knocked on more than hundreds of doors, from foundations, schools, private individuals to fund their publication, but to no avail. For months they waited, only to receive negative replies one after another. Finally, after almost 1 year, there was a breakthrough; they found a local youth NGO who had agreed to fund the book publication and it's book launch fully.
Eventually, the book went on to become a best-seller, got featured on numerous media and had the rare opportunity of receiving a foreword by Singapore's former President S.R. Nathan for it's 2nd print.
After this exciting journey, the duo understood the pains in fundraising. Many good ideas and endeavours failed to materialize because of thie tedious process of fundraising. Thus, with this in mind, they decided to create a platform in bridging funders and good project creators together - a platform where good ideas become reality.
The duo conceptualized the idea in May 2011 and ToGather.Asia was incorporated in December 2011. With the support of SPRING Singapore's Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES!), the platform was launched in March 2012.
Since then, ToGather.Asia has been impacting and helping start-ups, creative projects and emerging musicians in materializing their dreams: The Sam Willows, who is now signed with Warner Music & voted Rising Star of the Month in January, and the Cashew Chemists, who had launched their EP album in January 2013.
We provide an online crowdfunding platform for creative individuals like you, in Asia to gather and to turn your dreams into reality. With our crowdfunding platform, you are able to obtain monetary pledges from anyone in the world to fund your ideas, gain collective knowledge and receive greater exposure from the online community. Have an idea that you wish to pursue? Submit your ideas to us and get your amazing idea funded on ToGather.Asia!
Bryan is the best-selling author of a motivational book titled "It's I'MPOSSIBLE - your life will never be the same again." He is also the founder and Principal Trainer of It's I'MPOSSIBLE Group, a company which focuses on inspiring youths through seminars, workshops and talks.
Bryan was featured on numerous media, including Channel U (FireStarters), The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Capital 958 and several other publications. To date, Bryan has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 students through the numerous talks, workshops and seminars he had conducted. Bryan was also given the opportunity to be a speaker at TEDxSingapore.
Due to his outstanding contributions, Bryan is also nominated as the Ambassador for CDAC (Chinese Development Assistance Council) and Youth Ambassador for Central Singapore CDC.
Currently pursuing his Bachelor of Business Adminstration (Honours) Degree in National University of Singapore, he is the recipient of SPRING Singapore Executive Development Scholarship (EDS) and is also a Dean's List award recipient in NUS Business School.
Some of his specialities include: strategic planning, marketing, outreach and project curation.
Favourite Quote: "Don't spend your time living somebody else's life. Dont conform to what you should be doing at your age. That's because your age is only a number."
A serial social entrepreneur, Mark is currently the CEO of Green Prints, an award-winning environment social enterprise with branches around Asia. He also co-manages a green fund for environment innovation and bio-mimicry projects in Asia. Previously, he was the co-founder of Avelife, one of Asia's largest social-environment movement in Asia. He has helped raised more than USD$100 million for various social causes, consulted for the governments, non-profits and companies in countries like France, Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Brunei, Mexico, UK & Singapore.
Named by ABC Carbon magazine as the Top 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders in 2012, he was also awarded the 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. Mark read non-profit leadership under a Harvard Fellowship in Harvard Kennedy School and is currently completing his executive business studies at Harvard Business School.
His expertise & areas of research include: strategic branding, business franchising, fund-raising and start-up growth acceleration.
Favourite quote: "A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business." --- Henry Ford
Having carried out her Master’s degree in International Business at the renowned Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, Florence pursued her career working for an international media and financial services company. This took her to the UK, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and now Hong Kong. As such, Florence considers herself as a citizen of the world!
She had also gained experience in the green industry and the art sector. Her interests are in cultures, languages, entrepreneurship and arts. From a young age, she had been passionate about ballet and obtained my Diploma of Ballet Teaching in Paris. These days, she likes practicing ballroom dancing in her spare time.
Now based in Hong Kong, she is proud to be in charge of curating projects in Hong Kong for ToGather.Asia . Her passion for entrepreneurship and arts will help make your projects become a reality.
Her areas of expertise include: project management, strategic marketing and business development.
Her favourite quote is from French author Marcel Proust: “The real voyage of discovery does not consist in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”.
Ecosystem Singapore is an eco-friendly coworking environment and it emulates the symbiotic relationships in Nature's ecological system by providing a platform that allows organizations to have close and long-term interactions; generating larger networks of people with common interest, more business opportunities and complmentary expertise for each other.
Graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Nanyang Technological University, Ju Hu joined School of Doing (Social Enterprise) for 2 years before his own venture SHFT. He wants to use design and technology to create positive change in our society and environment.
Iffah Dahiyah graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Communications) from Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media. She believes that designers too can play responsible roles in creating a better tomorrow. She is also active practicing as a cultural and design translator at Design For.
Eugene is the Director of Green Future Solutions, a Singapore-based business that promotes environmental awareness and action for our green future, through sustainability consulting and a network of green websites.
If you are passionate in helping to realize ideas and projects into reality, is active and well-connected in a particular creative community, we want you to join our vibrant team! Email us here and let's talk! Admin@ToGather.Asia