Crowdfunding for everyone

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What We Do

The Acorn Collective is using blockchain to help founders and startups find access to funding. We provide crowdfunding that is accessible, transparent and more likely to succeed.

It's a huge and growing market in the West and a largely untapped market in most developing countries.

Crowdfunding - The Problem

Acorn’s Solution

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Acorn Collective Timeline

  • Q3-Q4 2017

    Concept and Team building

  • Jan-Feb 2018


  • 26th May-24th June 2018


  • Private sales ongoing

  • 2018 Q3 July-Sept

    Founder onboarding begins.

    Engage founder and crowdfunding experts community via Acorn Answers platform.

    First chance to spend OAK for bounties on Acorn Answers.

  • 2018 Q4

    Onboarding expands to guided learning and project assessment for founders to improve likelihood of campaign success.

    Token utilisation and management tooling (basic offering): OAK wallet and payments functions. Liquidity reserve administration tools.

    Early build of marketing dashboard and tooling.

    Tokens unlocked and listed on exchanges. HitBTC confirmed.

  • 2019 Q1 Jan-Feb

    Founders build their crowds in preparation for campaign launch. Early traction marketing begins.

    First build of Acorn Marketplace.

    Founders can spend OAK for tools that help their campaign.

  • 2019 Q2

    Expansion of marketing dashboard and tooling.

    Platform-wide gamification.

    Expansion of Acorn Marketplace.

  • Rest of 2019

    Improved Marketplace integration.

    Enriching backer platform experience.

    Use of machine learning to improve project marketing success.

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Meet the Team

    • Dr. Moritz Kurtz
    • CEO
    • 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
    • CFO
    • 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 Earle
    • CTO
    • 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.

    • Edward Lobbett
    • CCO
    • 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.

    • Tayana Simons
    • Head of Marketing
    • Tayana heads up the marketing department managing all marketing channels and outgoing content. She is also the resident copywriter writing most of Acorn’s marketing copy, material and articles.

      She comes to Acorn after a varied career from working in television managing content teams, to project managing for NGOs overseas. Most recently she has been freelancing as a copywriter, writing about everything from stem cells, to holidays and nutrition.

      Working for Acorn has been an exciting development in Tayana’s career, she feels strongly that if you have an idea that you believe in enough, you should have the opportunity to make it happen. She is looking forward to seeing projects become a reality as the platform evolves.

    • Ben Webb
    • Head of Sales & 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.

    • Edward Dench
    • Commercial & Business Development
    • 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.

    • Helene Boscardin
    • 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.

    • Simon Minton
    • 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.

    • Tom Keirl
    • Developer
    • 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.”

    • Tom Richards
    • Developer
    • 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.”

    • Phil Osmond
    • Product Owner
    • 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!”

    • Steven Markey
    • Dev in Test (SDET)
    • Steven's job is to ensure the quality of the software produced at the Acorn Collective. He is laying the foundations for an automated test phase to the release process to facilitate frequent releases of new features & improvements.

      Steven has 11 years combined experience of Software Testing and Development, having worked in Finance, Fashion, Business Operations & Procurement software sectors.

      In his down-time he likes to brew, performs at open mic nights and dabbles in personal software projects utilising third-party APIs like Spotify & Songkick.

      "I'm really excited about the plan to provide accessible crowdfunding worldwide. I've found the strength of the team and the real culture of inclusion at the Acorn Collective to be inspiring and I'm looking forward to making a real difference."

    • Daniel Pidcock
    • Head of User Experience
    • It's Dan's job to make sure Acorn is usable, accessible and enjoyable for everyone. He's worked with some major FTSE100 brands but specialises in working with innovative start- ups. Dan has a strong belief in the power of accessibility, and that designing for users with extreme needs is the path to a better product for everyone.

      He says that creating a platform that is truly global and works across cultures will be the biggest challenge and the most rewarding part of working at Acorn Collective.

    • Claire Van De Poll
    • Graphics & Website Designer
    • Claire is in charge of shaping Acorn’s visual appeal. She is our resident designer creating and designing all of our visuals on various platforms, and developing a brand for Acorn that fits its vision.

      Claire is happiest when working and supporting charitable causes having run art workshops for marginalised groups and supporting adults with special needs, and supporting refugees.

      After working as a graphic designer for small businesses, charities and start ups for several years, Claire is delighted to be a part of an ambitious project which has the potential to empower others, and promote inclusiveness worldwide.

    • Ella Johnson
    • Graphic Designer
    • Ella is part of the design team that make Acorn look beautiful. She creates graphics and artwork for our social media platforms, articles, emails and marketing literature.

      She comes to Acorn after freelancing as a graphic designer and illustrator, having recently illustrated a children’s book.

      Having done a few crowdfunding projects for various different people, she knows how touching it is when you see so many people contribute and support your idea. She loves working for a platform that will help people succeed in whatever they intend to do.

    • Jamie Conoley
    • 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.

    • Tristan Jago
    • ICO Marketing Strategist
    • Tristan comes to Acorn from 6+ years working in PR and marketing working with a wide range of international companies. He is responsible for inbound marketing strategy, planning and evaluating campaigns that will give Acorn the global recognition it deserves.

      Working for Acorn fits perfectly with his love for the crypto space. As a bonus he enjoys working in a fun, friendly environment with people who are genuinely enthusiastic about making this the best crowdfunding platform in the world.

    • Toby Tucker
    • 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.

    • Pippa Churcher
    • Social Media & Marketing
    • Pippa is at the heart of our communities and social channels. Her day to day involves managing all social media and maintaining and growing the spaces where people from all over the world can connect, chat and find out more about Acorn.

      After studying anthropology at university Pippa has spent her time working in marketing and events for a heritage charity.

      Having lived and worked in Eastern Africa she has seen first hand the reliance on small businesses in the developing world. She is excited to work for a company that can help people make their own direction and paths. Her favourite thing about working for Acorn is how each member of the team is valued for their individuality.

    • Sebastian Weiss
    • Sales and Partnerships
    • Spending a lot of time buried in Acorn’s CMS, Sebastian is a big part of managing and developing client and partner relationships worldwide. Until now he has worked in a variety of roles including quality control, and writing for an online watch magazine.

      Moving to Acorn’s Bristol offices from Cologne in Germany was a big change, but being caught up in the crypto buzz, he’s glad he took the spot when he did.

    • Peter Bowen
    • Sales and Partnerships
    • Peter is an integral part of our growing sales team who are helping to identify and set up meetings with important people in the blockchain sphere.

      Peter is used to people-focused sales roles after working as a letting agent in the historic town of Bath.

      He is enjoying working in a fast paced and challenging role that allows him to constantly meet new people and travel to new places.

    • Charlotte Bailey
    • Founder Project Liaison
    • As Project Founder Liaison, Charlotte is responsible for managing our relationships and communications with project founders who want to crowdfund on our platform. She also co-ordinates travel and logistics for our busy sales team!

      As someone who is passionate about fundraising in her spare time, she is proud to work for a company who can help make people's’ ideas a reality.

    • Rory Stanway
    • Digital Marketing
    • 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.

    • Jan Monks
    • 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.

    • Jack Dyrhauge
    • Sales Coordinator
    • As an entrepreneur himself, Jack is excited to be joining a company with the aim of revolutionising the crowdfunding industry.

      In the past year Jack built the first free global platform to help people with Autism into employment, changing the way candidates & employers see Autism in the workplace.

      Now as coordinator of the sales team he manages sales activities including meeting with potential contributors at events and following on from the marketing team’s activities.

      Jack enjoys being part of a team that not only shares the same vision and values, but has an amazing company culture that is diverse and innovative.

    • Tom Doyle
    • Events Coordinator
    • Tom is heading up Acorn’s event logistics and commercials, finding global events to spread Acorn’s crowdfunding message. As a member of the sales team he connects with accelerators and incubators around the world, making sure that partnerships help accelerate global businesses from different regions for when we are in full swing.

      Tom comes from a background of events, and supporting small creative start-ups including managing the 360 degree cycle of a 46 desk strong co-working space for creative start ups. He enjoys working and learning from small companies with big ideas.

      What most excites him about working for Acorn is working for an awesome team in a fast paced environment where he can help start-ups fulfil their dreams globally.

    • Philip Coupland
    • Commercial Assistant
    • Philip is an admin all rounder having worked as a P.A, as a training co-ordinator and in learning and development in various industries including legal and pharmaceuticals.

      He now comes on board to support the commercial team in organising, planning and research.

      After working mainly for big firms, he is excited about being involved in a start-up. He is motivated by Acorn’s mission to help projects in developing countries get access to crowdfunding - as he rightly says “It’s always nice to help people!”

    • Colette Mackie
    • Personal Assistant
    • A sociology graduate, Colette comes to Acorn after working as a legal PA.

      Here at Acorn she is the personal assistant to Ed Lobbett (CCO), and assists with research for the sales team.

      She is excited to be a part of team with the initiative to make crowdfunding free for everyone, and excited by its potential to open up funding to developing countries.

    • Emma Broughton
    • Executive Assistant & HR
    • Emma has several years of big company corporate PA experience. She has links with small scale personal entrepreneurship so has gained a vast wealth of business knowledge on opposite ends of the spectrum. Emma admits that the reality of being involved in Acorn is a refreshing new venture and is excited about Acorn's mission, particularly the ethos of helping the growth of small businesses in developing countries.

      Day to day at Acorn Emma is an all rounder and prides herself on being able to add value at almost every level of the business. She works closely with Moritz but is on hand to provide a variety of support to others in the business.

    • Benny Dench
    • CCO (Chief Canine Officer)
    • Benny is the official mascot and brains behind Acorn. Since joining the team he has been working his way up in the company. A firm favourite in the office, he is hoping to one day become CEO (most of the team secretly think he should be the boss!)

      In his down time, Benny likes fine dining, crime fiction, romantic walks in the park, and chasing squirrels (thankfully there are plenty scampering around at Acorn HQ!)

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