An innovative new website in Detroit seeks to combine two web trends -- couponing and crowdsourcing -- to build a virtual community to support the city's new projects.
is a web-based community financing platform. Unlike websites like Kickstarter, they aren't focused on hitting a targeted sum. Rather, a project gets funded when enough community members donate -- whether they give $10 or $50. Members who donate are then eligible for discounts and coupons from local businesses, like Union Street
, The Raw Cafe
, the Garden Bowl
The first project Detroitbigfdeal will fund is the 4th Street Farm
community garden in Midtown. Website co-founder Tunde Wey says they hope to engage 50 members of the community to donate (click here
Wey says, beyond financing, they are also hoping to create an apparatus where people can do more than donate -- they can adopt a project and be a part of it, based on his own experience helping grow 4th Street Farm.
"We're finding ways that we can take this offline platform, bring it online, and then move it back offline -- it's just this seamless connection," Wey says.
Though Detroitbigfdeal is a for-profit website, Wey says the site's first priority is creating a community of users who come back to the site -- and they'll work to make deals with local businesses whom their user base will support.
"We're trying to engage people here. We're trying to be a part of all this wonderful energy that's happening here," Wey says. "I think for me, Detroit is like a different speed. You reorient. What I think success is, what I think community is, what I think happiness is."
Support the 4th Street Farm and Detroitbigfdeal.com by attending a free benefit
at the Magic Stick on Tuesday, May 31. Audra Kubat and others will play. Check out detroitbigfdeal.com
for more information.
Source: Tunde Wey, co-founder, Detroitbigfdeal.com
Writer: Ashley C. Woods