Welcome to Pledgeme!
PledgeMe helps Kiwis turn their plans into reality with crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is a way of raising money from your friends, family, customers, and fans. Think of a goal and make a plan for how you’ll achieve it. Go to your crowd and ask them to pledge to your campaign. If all that support equals more than your goal, then you've made it!
Ways to crowdfund.
PledgeMe was the first crowdfunding platform in New Zealand, and since 2015 we have expanded the possibilities of crowdfunding for Kiwis by providing three different ways to crowdfund.
Let's get started!
Select your campaign type
A project crowdfunding campaign is for anyone looking to raise money to make their plans happen!Project Guide
An equity crowdfunding campaign is for companies looking to expand by raising investment from their crowd.Equity Guide
A lending campaign is for companies and organisations looking to expand by borrowing money from their crowd.Lending Guide
Not sure what campaign type is the best fit for you?Learn more!
Tā Koha was a new way for Māori entrepreneurs to grow projects and raise capital by involving their whānau, their communities and those who want to see an equitable and inclusive funding landscape in Aotearoa. It was a collaboration between PledgeMe and Māori Women Development Inc.
Tā Koha was a way for Māori entrepreneurs to grow projects and raise capital by involving their whānau, their communities and those who wanted to see an equitable and inclusive funding landscape in Aotearoa. It was a collaboration between PledgeMe and Māori Women Development Inc.
Chief Bubble Blower (Co-founder)
Anna, our co-founder, sounds American but she's definitely a Kiwi. If pushed, she’ll say she’s technically from Dunedin, but will later admit she grew up in Boston. Having roamed around the world, she’s back to call Aotearoa home. And she completed her Masters with a focus on crowdfunding and has worked for everyone from NZTE to MIT (and all of the acronyms in between).
Chief of Chiefs (CEO)
Claire is a seasoned entrepreneur who has been part of the growth journey of many organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand. With a background in venture capital and finance, a PhD in molecular microbiology, and an MBA, she definitely has her wits about her! Claire's pleasure is reality TV shows, practicing piano, and good coffee. She is the proud owner of Charlie, the sweetest, most heart-breakingly adorable rescue Shitzu / Griffin you will ever meet.
Chief of Operations
Jody is a seasoned administrator (and most of the seasoning is salt) who loves a good filing system, and the Oxford comma. She keeps us in neat and tidy working order. Well - she tries her best, at least. She's been working in the social enterprise sphere for the last decade, keeping an eye on the antics of PledgeMe along the way.
Finance and Compliance Manager
Vicki is a Chartered Accountant, and makes sure we are humming along, in a responsible and compliant fashion.
Kate is our delivery support extraordinaire. Kate has a wealth of experience working in the startup and investment space. Working with over-ambitious founders is her secret passion and she loves wheeling (and dealing). By that we mean she spends every spare minute cycling about on two wheels!
Cecilia is our Delivery Support Coordinator. She has a wealth of experience in the Startup sector having founded and run her own business for 4 years and supporting other startups to streamline their operations to ensure their long term sustainability. She comes from Bolivia - South America, she is a mum first and foremost, advocate for the environment who firmly believes in Innovation and businesses as a force to do good. She has a Bachelor degree in Production Engineering and a Postgrad in Management. In her free time she loves going for walks while listening to her favorite books and meeting up with friends and family over kai.
Digital Marketing Queen
Emma is our Digital Marketing Manager (read 'Queen') and loves all things content and communications. Her background is in Marketing and Operations, having acquired experience in both startup and more corporate environments. Having lived around, she's a bit of a globe trotter and moved most recently from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to the PledgeMe Brisbane office. Emma loves to collaborate on content, so reach out to her if you'd like to join forces!
Chief Design Whiz
Morgahna is the Design Lead on the PledgeMe team. She loves design so much that she cuts illustrations into her toast. Morgahna loathes the word 'font' (if it's a body of letters it's a typeface!). She also believes that design thinking can change the world. In the words of Steve Jobs, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
Melanie is an experienced senior commercial manager and leader, with a track record of leading the development and implementation of successful business strategies both locally and internationally.She has done everything from running and owning award winning restaurants, to building and launching online banks with RaboDirect.
Rachel has spent over 25 years in marketing, branding and customer experience, including working in both the Australian market and Māori / Pasifika engagement. From 1995-1999 Rachel started, grew, and sold a professional services business in Australia. Rachel was part of the Senior Leadership Team of Competenz from early 2013. She has also held roles as Marketing Director for The Icehouse and Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and as Marketing Manager for The University of Auckland Business School. Rachel spent seven years as a director of Ocean (a branding agency) and, as part of the Future Directors programme, sat on the board of NZX-listed AWF Madison Group for 18 months. She currently sits on the Ministry for Youth Development’s Partnership Fund Board and on the Establishment Board of the Auckland Foundation’s Women’s Fund.
Steve has a unique and diverse background, from being a member of the New South Wales police force to senior consulting at Deloitte. He is a past member of the Education Board, Governance Institute of Australia and a business mentor for several start-ups. Steve has been awarded the National Medal and received several commendations for bravery and police work and has a Masters of Dispute Resolution (MDR) from the University of Technology and a Masters of Science (Risk) from Leicester University (UK). He is also a Graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rachel provides support to PledgeMe on the legal stuff - she has specialised in intellectual property law and governance for more than 20 years and loves to be as creative as her clients. Rachel is based in Christchurch where she is an amateur wife, a trainee mum and dreams of the day their young puppy Marley (short for Bob) is as chilled as his namesake.
Chief Security Officer
Charlie is the sweetest, most heart-breakingly adorable Shitzu/ Griffin (we think) you will ever meet. Adopted at 18 months old by Claire (PledgeMe's CEO), he is the biggest softie, and has since stolen her heart and the heart of many a passer-by. His contribution to the team is invaluable and can't quite be articulated into words (so we won't try).
What we write about!
The team writes a blog about everything related to crowdfunding. Check out our latest thoughts about crowdfunding and catch up on what PledgeMe has been up to lately.Blog >
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