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Helpific Newsletter | December 2015

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Dear members of Helpific platform!

Community's care and simplicity of helping each other through Helpific support platform enables to offer help and people with disabilities to live their life without borders.

Chivas The Venture five local finalists: from left Tauri Kärson (Autolevi), Tõnis Kusmin (Tebo), Tarmo Pihl (Sentab), Annika Amenberg (Helpific) and Marko Kiisa (Upmade)
Successful in Chivas and Ajujaht competition
Chivas has this year a 1 million dollar fund to empower extraordinary start-ups that use business to create positive change and a missioon to inspire enterpreneurial thinkers to transform the world. Many start-ups took their chance and sent in applications. Each application was reviewed and the very best from each of the participating countries was selected to take part in local finals. Helpific came fantastically to the local top 5, but didnt make it to the finals. Sentab, which offers seniors a social network on a TV, won the round - best wishes and luck to them!

Helpific has reached in Ajujaht ideas competition among the top 30 and is preparing to participate in the next round. Ajujaht is the largest competition in Estonia for business ideas. Competition's ninth season participants candidate for 60,000 euros prize pool, the winner takes at least 30,000 euros. Selecting top 7 for the television show will take place in Tallinn at the end of January. Ajujaht is implemented by Enterprise Estonia.

Knitting a network!
Helpific belongs from mid-November to a Voluntary Network. The network brings together effective voluntary activity promoting associations that collectively have a part in the shaping of policies related to volunteering, sharing opportunities and responsibilities in the field of development. They are consistent partners of coordinating authorities and the Interior Ministry. Helpific also participates in the project "Volunteer engagers knit network", which will be completed with the joint activity agreement and establishing ties with the European Volunteer Centre.

Jointweek in Vikerraadio
Helpific co-founder Annika Amenberg, who has been a long-serving volunteer in Estonian Union of Persons with Mobility Impairment, gave an interview in Vikerraadio in connection of the Jointweek. Annika told in a radio broadcast that volunteering  means to Estonians usually giving something back to society and obtaining the good feeling - people have an innate need to do something good. By helping somebody you get back a lot more. It is very easy to do it in Helpific. Volunteers are happy using the platform and those who need help are very satisfied.

We value diversity policies
On the December of 11th, the fifth signing of the Diversity Agreement took place. Agreement was signed by the Helpific co-founder and the head of customer relations Triin Üksvärav. Helpific confirmed with joining that appreciates the principles of diversity among our employees and customers and treats them equally. Along with other affiliated organizations formed a community together to share experiences and to promote the equal treatment in its own organization and in society at large. This year's entrants are Adcash, the Estonian Chamber of Disabled People, the Ministry of Culture, SEB Bank, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Theare NO99 and TransferWise. Estonian Diversity Agreement now unites 68 diversity and equal treatment respecting organizations and businesses.

Internationalization in Helpific way
Helpific web platform and supportive environment for people with special needs has evolved gradually, becoming more international. It is all thanks to the cooperation with the students of the University of Tallinn, assisted by Zsolt Bugarszki - the head of Helpific International. The platform has today a choice of ten different languages - English, Estonian, Finnish, Italian, Hungarian, German, Russian, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. 400 Helpific user border is going to be crossed in December alone - nearly 200 people joined this month. Also beside the growing size of users, the number of offers and wishes has increased.

The first anniversary was celebrated with businesslike and good feeling
Helpific had their first birthday as a little appreciation event for all supporters and friends.  UK’s accelerator Dot Forge representative and the investor Mr Colin Tan was invited to the party with the help of British Embassy in Estonia, discussing with guests how the social enterprise can operate successfully. He is the co-founder of the real estate portal Rentlord, being successful in accelerators, such as Seedcamp and 500 Startups, and a finalist of TechCrunch Disrupt startup competition. Helpific birthday guests gave spice to the party - they had the opportunity to embody super heroes.

Helpific is testing a business model
Helpific will test an option to the people with disabilities who can hire a personal assistant. In this regard, we call in all those who need to have a personal assistant and those who want to earn extra money while helping others. Please write tugi@helpific.com and let us know about yourself - we will contact all interested ones!

Helpific wishes everybody Merry Christmas and a happy new year! Glow all your days in new year and all wishes and help wishes be fulfilled!

@ Helpific

Honorable interested parties of Helpific webplatform, we collect donations for webplatform future developments.  You can make a contribution in form of donation to the NGO Helpific.

Registration code: 80380146
Bank account No EE102200221061303677
Explanation: Donation, webplatform

* Helpific is not included in the list of non-profit associations, foundations and religious associations benefiting from income tax incentives.

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