- Interview with bedaya FM
- McKinsey on Society
- As-Safir Newspaper
- MTV Lebanon (Men El Ekhir / Abdallah Absi)
- MTV Lebanon (Men El Ekhir)
- Cloud 961
- ElNashra Finance
- Hurra TV
- Radio Sawa
- International Herald Tribune / New York Times
- MIT Enterprise Forum
- National Net Ventures
- Hivos (Netherlands)
- Startup Business (Italy)
- Le Commerce Du Levant
- CNN (International)
- Triwu (Italy)
- Good Morning Crowdfunding
For project owners it is about collecting the funds. Using crowdfunding, project owners no longer have to get loans or provide equity to fund their projects. In addition to the funding part, projects get a lot of exposure while crowd funding.
It’s not only the project owners who benefit. Project backers and sponsoring companies benefit. Individuals who back projects will benefit from the rewards that are offered by project owners.
Crowd funding is the usage of the power of the crowds to get your project funded. In other words, it is the action of pooling small contributions from the crowds - who are your family, friends, and friends of friends – to reach a funding goal that will turn a project into reality.
Crowdfunding is about communicating with crowds, and convincing them with your idea. After all the crowds are the project’s funders!
If a you can’t convince 5 friends at least to support your project, then the public won’t.
Submit your project to Zoomaal
You do so by signing up and creating a campaign. Your campaign will have to have 4 essential parts, the video, the description, the reward packages and your short biography. Afterwards, the Zoomaal project submission team will take a look at your project and if it is ready they’ll publish it on the platform to start receiving funds.
Start collecting funds from people.
Share your project as much as possible! Use all social media channels to reach out to all your friends. You want the crowd to know about your project before they can fund it! You can’t fund something you don’t know about. If your project is completely funded, then the funds are all yours after deducting Zoomaal’s fee. If unfortunately you do not collect all the funds, the funds are then returned to the original backers.
Execute your project
This is the part where you use the funds you collected to make your project a reality.
Zoomaal adopts the all or nothing crowd funding method. This means that each project is allowed to collect its funds after the deadline is reached and only if the funding goal is reached or exceeded. If a project fails to reach its funding goal then the funds are automatically returned to the backers.
Zoomaal is a crowdfunding platform for projects only. Zoomaal defines a project to be non-open-ended and has a definite goal. Projects should not contain any prohibited content (alcohol, violence promotion, political actions, and pornography). Finally, projects on Zoomaal should not be a fund my life project and should fit into the categories offered on Zoomaal (click here to find out the list of offered categories on Zoomaal).
Zoomaal charges only successful projects. Once successfully funded, Zoomaal deducts 5% of the funded amount.
Zoomaal supports a bunch of the most popular payment gateways in the Arab world. This makes your project more likely to get funded!
Zoomaal supports PayPal, Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover, Cashi UKash, Cashna, DixiPay, FelixPay, Onecard, CashU, filspay, cash united, etc.
We noted that some projects were losing potential funding in countries where online payments by credit
card are unavailable.
This problem is especially common in North African countries. So we decided to solve the problem by introducing an offline payment method that will allow everyone to take part in bringing back Arab creativity.
You receive the funds only when the project campaign deadline is reached and the funding goal is completely reached. It usually takes a maxmimum of 2 weeks to get the funds transferred to the project owner.
Zoomaal defines a project to be non-open-ended and to have a definite goal. Projects should not contain any prohibited content (alcohol, violence promotion, political actions, and pornography). Finally, projects on Zoomaal should not be a fund my life project and should fit into the categories offered on Zoomaal(click her to find out the list of offered categories on Zoomaal).
Give your project a name that is specific and direct to the point. You don’t want to include words that are abstract and won’t help you in raising funds. Titles are part of first impressions so make sure to give it a sexy one.
- A bad example would be: Crowdfunding my radio active project
- A good example: RadioGraph: A revolutionized radio device
Make it short and mostly informative. Imagine you just met someone on the road and you want to tell him about your project. How would you do it? Now after that’s done imagine yourself being told what you said to that friend. Is it attracting? Would you back it if it were your first time to hear about it?
You can make use the following as an outline for your description.
- Tell the user who you are and what you do. This will make the user trust you more and have more faith that your project will be a success
- Introduce your project. Make it look like the best project/concept ever.
- Tell the funder how will this project affect his life or someone’s life
- Tell the funder what you need and what you are offering back
In the end do not forget to tell the funder that he can always help you by sharing. Remember that crowd funding is gathering funds from the crowds. So without the crowds there are no funds.
DON’T FORGET TO ADD IMAGES
What are things that you can give?
- A product/service: the album, the DVD, a print from the show. These items should be priced what they would cost in a retail environment.
- Involvement: a backer appears as a hero in the comic, everyone gets painted into the mural, two backers do the handclaps for track 3.
- A fun/touching experience: a visit to the set, a phone call from the author, dinner with the cast, a concert in your backyard.
- A souvenir: Polaroids sent from location, thanks in the credits, meaningful tokens that tell a story.
Keep in mind the following:
- Not all your backers want your perks, but rather some just want to support it with small contributions
- The $25 perk is the most popular in successful projects, so make sure to have one!
- 50% of projects that have a perk package less than $25 are successful!
- You can have several sponsorship packages, each for a different amount.
- You can add them to your project while filling in your application.
This is a small paragraph about you. The user does not want to know boring details. Just tell him what you do in life. Show him that you are the best man to do this project. You can state your age(if it helps), your educational degrees, your work experience, and above all tell the user what is your passion (and make it related to the project)
Be smart. Use social networks and other networks. You have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs, emails, etc.. Any media tool is an additional network for you to use to get your idea out and reach your goal.
Go out with friends and talk about it. People would love to hear new bright ideas and better than that, is that people love to be part of it and support your idea. So do not fear to share the news personally.
Use the press
Media arms love to support the community and help it grow. Knowing that your project aims to help this community and/or create a better world then media arms such as newspapers, magazines, TVs, etc. will be of assistance for sure. Just go out there and contact them!
Don’t go too far
People don't like scam and do not like to be taken for granted. So while telling your idea, don’t modify and when sending messages do not spam. You will lose your funders that way.
Collecting the rewards
Once your campaign ends and your project is completely funded then you can proceed with collecting the funds. We will transfer the funds to a bank of your choice. This may take up to 1.5 months.
Updating the funders
Now that you received the funds, you have to keep your backers updated. Share with them the latest news. Update them about how things are going. They are all interested in your project because they all funded it!
Delivering the rewards
Now it’s your turn of the deal. The backers have funded you. Now you have to give then their rewards. Make sure to deliver the rewards as soon as possible and with the specifications you provided in each reward’s description.
No, according to Zoomaal guidelines, and in order to ensure as many funders as possible, a video is required.
This depends on the project owner and how fast he/she can prepare the rewards.
Zoomaal’s terms and regulations that were signed by project owner upon project creation, enforces project owners to deliver the rewards
Before any project is approved Zoomaal checks whether the project owner is capable of creating such project
If a project does not reach its full funding goal, then the funds are returned to the original funders.
In order to cancel a contribution, please signup or login using the email address you used to pay. Afterwards navigate to the "Contributions" section in your account where you will be able to cancel any fund you wish. Note that you cannot cancel a fund if the project has less than 24 hours to end its campaign.
Zoomaal is an online crowd funding platform for the Arab world that makes it easier for creative projects to raise funds from the crowds. Zoomaal is a pan-Arab initiative by the 4 major institutional investors in the MENA region.
Zoomaal’s partners are MEVP(Middle East Venture Partners), Wamda, N2V, and Sawari Ventures. Those partners are considered to be the 4 major investment and entrepreneurship hub in the MENA region.
|Zoomaal Fees||3rd-Party Fees|
We only take this fee if the project campaign was successful
|2.9% + $0.3
|Campaign not successful||0%
Nobody takes anything (not Zoomaal nor you) and all funds return back to the original funders.
Processing fees may apply on the returned amount to funders.
For credit card transactions, only $1 is deducted.
For wallet payments, $0 is deducted. For other payments, the respective transaction fee will be deducted.