Seeds, ABN AMRO’s crowdfunding platform, has helped to make The Ocean Cleanup (TOC) drive the most successful crowdfunding ever for a non-profit organisation worldwide. Dutch-based TOC, which develops methods for combating and cleaning up plastic waste in the world’s oceans, has raised a million dollars in just 33 days and hopes to achieve its target of two million dollars in 100 days.
The Ocean Cleanup is a project of Boyan Slat (19), now a student at the Delft University of Technology. To clean up plastic rubbish in the world’s oceans, Slat came up with the idea of a series of floating booms making a large V shape and processing platforms designed to collect floating plastic rubbish, which will then be shipped ashore for recycling. TOC is hoping to have a test model up and running in a few years’ time.
Arthur van de Graaf, Director of Seeds: “When I met TOC’s founder, I was impressed with his ideas and sheer dedication and entrepreneurial drive. And Seeds wasn’t the only one who felt that way, no less than 20,000 people did so too. We’re very proud to be a partner to the most successful crowdfunding campaign ever for a non-profit organisation.”
Seeds is ABN AMRO’s crowdfunding platform, which brings together innovative entrepreneurs and investors. You can invest with as little as EUR 10 and will typically receive something in return for your investment.