What is BeyonIdeas and how did it come about?
BeyonIdeas is a crowdsourcing platform that helps people develop their ideas into amazing projects. By bringing together people with different backgrounds, specialized in different areas, we will make sure that every idea gets to become a reality, while making sure that everybody who helps on the way, gets its fair share. The idea for BeyonIdeas came up when André (our CEO and co-founder), was trying to bring to life a small concept that used Augmented Reality technologies. However, André lacked some skills and was having some difficulties finding just the right person to help him. When he started looking into the existing crowdfunding platforms he found out that they just weren’t the right thing for people who still hadn’t it all figured out. After a few discussions and some beers the idea was thrown in the table: “What if we make our own crowdfunding platform that can also help people who don’t have a full team yet?”.
Your aim is “to join the right ideas with the right people”. How do you propose to do this?
We believe that there are perfect matches for everyone (we know, we are really romantic). We believe that for every idea, there is a group of people with just the right set of skills to make it come true and help change the world. We want to gather as many people as possible, with skills as different as possible, at BeyonIdeas, so that when an idea comes along looking for a specific person or service, we’ll know who that is.
How do you plan to differentiate from the Crowdfunding competition?
Simple. We don’t, because they don’t compete with us. We are not just a crowdfunding platform. BeyonIdeas is much, much more than a place where you go when you need money for your project, BeyonIdeas is the place where you can go in every step of the development of your project. Crowdfunding is just the last step before the project is ready, and it’s an optional one! And hey, you don’t get rid of us after the project has been completed and financed! Project owners still have to come in regularly and say how things are going along. We want everybody to stay posted on how every cent of their money is being spent.
How will you make the most of your presence at the Web Summit next November?
We’ll be releasing our Alpha version in the next few days, featuring only one project, so that we can easily keep track of everything. During October we’ll be developing as much as we can for the beta so that we can tease everybody at the Summit. We want to talk and show our product to as many startups as we can, while getting our word out to some media publishers. But most of all, we’ll be there for the networking and getting to know other startups from all over Europe.
Are there other players you especially want to meet there?
We aren’t really looking for a particular startup at all. We are going to the Web Summit, to look for exciting new projects that would fit just nicely at BeyonIdeas. People who are just buzzing with great ideas and really need that final push to get their products in the market.
What other startup is on your radar and why?
Ever since we started our work on BeyonIdeas we have known lots of exciting people and projects. Right now we are working at a coworking space in the center of Lisbon (Dock38 @Avenida da Liberdade) that is completely overflowing with great ideas and dynamic and interesting people. And that’s the kind of startups that are on our radar, Startups made of people that just can’t stop evolving and making bigger and better things. That’s what we’ll be looking for at the Web Summit!
To find out more about BeyonIdeas visit http://beyonideas.com/