Buzzing with ideas? Get them on the York Hive – and turn them into reality

Some of the early York Hive adopters along with the Lord Mayor Sonja Crisp (centre) and Steve Brown, managing director of Make It York (right). Photograph: YorkMix
17 Mar 2016 @ 10.53 pm
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York is buzzing with new ideas after the launch of the York Hive on Thursday (March 17).

York Hive is a city-wide crowdfunding platform, designed to raise cash for projects that can change our city for the better.

All you need is an idea. Launch it on the York Hive page, and see where it takes you.

York Hive is part of Spacehive, a national crowdfunding platform with a track record for making things happen – from the creation of a giant waterslide down one of Bristol’s main streets to an urban park built on an old railway sidings in Peckham.

Make It York has worked with Spacehive to bring the concept here.

We’re passionate about developing York as an attractive and vibrant place to live, visit, work, study and do business.

Whether you want to bring a wonderful old building back to life or create something completely new, York Hive will enable York’s local communities to make decisions on which projects are supported and help create projects that will make a real difference.

– Steve Brown, MD of Make It York

York already has its first six crowdfunding campaigns, revealed at the launch in beautiful Bedern Hall…

Micklegate Soap Box Challenge

Get ready to roll…
Get ready to roll…

Target: £11,306

Pledge here

An event to send Micklegate clattering into a bold new future, the bonkers Soap Box Challenge will take place on August 28. Fifty teams will race home-made soapbox carts down the cobbles of this historic street.

The Hamilton Panthers Clubhouse

Target: £50K

Pledge here

The amazing volunteers behind community football club Hamilton Panthers FC York have already raised an enormous £715,000 for a new clubhouse. But then it was discovered another £50K was required to finish the job.

The Rigg Monument

Dr David Fraser, chief executive of the York Civic Trust, with the Rigg Monument
Dr David Fraser, chief executive of the York Civic Trust, with the Rigg Monument

Target: £14,054

Pledge here

In 1830 six children, aged from six to 19, died in a boating tragedy on the River Ouse. A monument to the children was built in St Lawrence’s Church, paid for by public subscription. Once a national visitor attraction the monument is now sadly eroded and overgrown. York Civic Trust is leading the campaign to restore it.

Abundance at Edible York

Some of the Edible York produce. Photograph: Edible York on Facebook
Some of the Edible York produce. Photograph: Edible York on Facebook

Target: £4,825

Pledge here

This is an existing project that picks surplus fruit growing in York’s gardens and in the wild so that it is put to good use; gathered and distributed to local people, especially those who will benefit most. To get the fruit to people who will benefit the most Edible York will link with voluntary groups to pass it on at food banks and community cafes and having storage will make it possible for more agencies to take part.

York Arts Barge

York's new floating entertainment palace. Photograph: John Illingworth
York’s new floating entertainment palace. Photograph: John Illingworth

Target: £23,729

Pledge here

York’s floating arts centre has already proved itself to be popular with all ages. Now the project is moving on to the next stage: a bigger, better boat, restored and moored permanently in York. The money will be used to help make that happen – with the plan being to open the barge for business in 2017.

Proudly Indie York

Supporting independent businesses, Proudly Indie York
Supporting independent businesses, Proudly Indie York

Target: £25,951

Pledge here

The Christmas floods hit many independent businesses hard. Proudly Indie York aims to offer support with a York Indie map, website publications and a collective voice.