Startup Funds People Rather Than Businesses

Startup Funds People Rather Than Businesses

A New York based company is helping pair together young, ambitious creatives with financial backers.

Ryan Gerhardt
  • 17 december 2012

Pave, a startup company less than a week old, is looking to turn the investment business on its head.

Pave is a new business community that wants to unlock talent and inspire progress by connecting financially accomplished backers directly with the change-makers: ambitious and driven young people.

Rather than connect investors with new business plans and models, Pave thinks the next step in creating visionary opportunities is going to be ‘People behind people, doing work that matters.’

Pave builds their community with two types of people: prospects and backers. The prospects are young people striving to do work that matters and that inspires them. They’re ambitious and creative, but lack the finances and guidance to realize their dreams. The backers are established individuals who want to invest not only their money, but also their experience and wisdom in these young people to help them succeed.

Pave matches these two sets of people together, where they can then enter into an agreement. The backers provide resources and guidance, and they receive a return from the prospects. Unlike a loan, where the initial investment is paid back over time, the Pave system sets up an agreed upon return percentage. Usually, this is a set portion of the prospects earnings each month. In this way, if the venture fails to succeed, the young person is not on the hook for a huge loan.

Pave’s founders, however, say failure is unlikely to happen. The system empowers young people to pursue what they’re passionate about, and builds a ‘model of shared successes’ that acts as a business in the backers’ interest.

Ultimately, Pave, which is privately funded and raises money through their site, believes that young people pursuing their dreams will contribute much more to society. Check out the video below and decide for yourself.


Images by Pave


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