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Chris is the founder and CEO of Spacehive, an award-winning online "crowd-funding" platform for civic projects. He is a former Sunday Times journalist who led the paper's reporting on architecture and planning, as well as London. During his four years covering the brief he led a successful campaign against Heathrow's third runway, and broke stories including Prince Charles' attempt to derail the £1bn redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks. Frustrated by the dearth of investment and creativity in our public spaces, he left the paper to launch Spacehive as a funding vehicle for community-led projects. Chris has won awards for Spacehive from the Lottery-funded Big Venture Challenge, UnLtd, and Deloitte. Chris is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 2 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

Transform your town with cash from Experian

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Just two months in and Spacehive's partnership with Experian and ATCM is already fuelling a host of town-brightening projects.

We've seen pledges from £500 up to £5,000, going towards everything from festivals to welcome puffins to the beaches of Northumberland, to a toilet block in Somerset that's set to begin a new life as a mini art gallery!

You can see some of the winning projects below.

What's next? More match funding! The deadline to apply for the next round of funding is just 3 weeks away on April 15th, so make sure you get your application in by then if you want to kick start your campaign with cash from Experian.

Here's how to apply:

1. Upload your project to Spacehive and start fundraising!

2. Download Experian's one page application form here and email it off.


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