Prizeo, a UK-Slovak business founded by Oxford students and @ycombinator alumni – is a digital fundraising platform that enables influencers to use technology to mobilize their fan base to raise maximum amounts of funding and awareness for their chosen causes. In just two and a half years, the charity platform has run over 100 crowdfunding sweepstakes featuring unique celebrity experiences, resulting in millions of dollars being raised for nearly 100 charities around the world. Prizeo will continue to operate as its own entity in West Hollywood, CA.
“Prizeo brings us increased credibility as it is a proven experiences platform with a roster of great celebrities supported by a very strong team,” said Todd Wagner. He continued: “This means immediate synergy with Chideo, whose growing syndication partners and multiple fundraising streams will be able to extend Prizeo’s reach, and allow both companies to make a real impact on cause everywhere.”
The deal is also significant for the philanthropic space, because of Wagner’s background. He helped pioneer the streaming media landscape in the late 90s as CEO of Broadcast.com, and now his focus on Chideo has allowed him to consider how charities and celebrities can leverage this same basic technology to bring heightened awareness and support to causes across the world. The multi-platform broadcast network offers users exclusive video content, as well as, a fundraising platform to distribute original cause-centric content.
Prizeo was launched at the end of 2012 and is dedicated to the principle that influential personalities can maximize both the funds and awareness they raise for charity on an inclusive platform that gives their fans the chance to win unique experiences while contributing to meaningful causes. Prizeo campaigns featuring celebrities including One Direction, Mark Ruffalo, Will Ferrell, U2, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Samuel L. Jackson, George R.R. Martin, Ed Sheeran, etc. A 2013 campaign featuring One Direction’s Harry Styles and Liam Payne raised nearly $800,000 for cancer research and prevention programs.