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September 12, 2019 - No Comments!

Solent joins the party!

Back in the summer of 2018, Paperclip reached out to the team at the Southampton University Students' Union with a proposition: to create a bespoke trading platform for students at one of the UK's fastest growing unis.

That September, we launched the SUSU marketplace and were blown away with the response from the student community there. Our Marketing team, along with our army of Student Brand Ambassadors tirelessly promoted the new platform at the uni's Fresher's Fayre, promo days and on social media. By the end of the month, over 1,000 Southampton students had signed up to the platform and users had already started making use of all of the marketplace features.

As the year progressed, that number more than doubled and the SUSU market became fully integrated into student's life on campus.

Launching the Solent SU marketplace

Word travels fast, and before long we were in discussions to launch another campus marketplace in Southampton, this time for students at Solent University.

A little smaller than it's neighbour to the east, Solent University still caters for around 11,000 students and has a great reputation for sport and maritime studies.

Our new friends at Solent Students' Union wanted their own bespoke trading platform, fully loaded with all the deals and discounts enjoyed by students at Paperclip universities across the county.

Due to the proximity of the two Southampton universities, the new marketplace will give students access not only items listed at Solent, but ones listed on the SUSU marketplace too.

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The new Solent SU marketplace

Speaking about the upcoming launch Paperclip CMO Laurence said "It's great to have Solent SU on board in time for the new academic year. The team are hoping to build on our success last year at Southampton Uni and create the ultimate trading platform for students in the city. We will be officially launching the new marketplace next week at the Solent Fresher's Fayre and we couldn't be more excited."

Justin, our Marketing Manager added, "We have secured some great student deals and discounts for new users for the coming year. We're delighted to go live with Solent SU and we really believe that the new platform will help their students discover value on campus."

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Paperclip is crowdfunding. Head to our Seedrs page for more info...

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September 4, 2019 - No Comments!

Crowdfunding: an update

Just a quick update from our Seedrs campaign...

Last month, Paperclip launched it's very first crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to top-up our existing investment round. Our target was £300,000 and 200 investors. Within a few days, we had already surpassed the £250,000 mark with 250 new investors from all over the world wanting a piece of the action!

A former professional Australian Rules Football Player, a board member at Lamborghini and the owner of a bank in the Middle East all reached out to us and secured their shares in one of the NatWest #PowerUp top 50 startups of 2019.

We then reached out to our own users to see if they wanted to own a slice of their favourite online marketplace. It didn't take long for our inbox to light up with scores of traders looking for more information on their next investment.

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4th September 2019: we're almost there!

Speaking about the campaign, our CEO Rich said, "We are delighted with the volume and calibre of our new investors this round. This round will allow us to broaden our UK market share from 30 universities to 70, adding significant depth to our userbase. Furthermore, it's a fantastic opportunity for us to strengthen and rollout our propositions for schools and corporates, and trial a new entry into some new markets such as India with our new growth partners. Our platform design and infrastructure has been overhauled over the past year, and this hard work - along with a newly introduced payment gateway - will help our open marketplace start to challenge incumbents. Overall, this is an incredibly important stepping stone on our road to making Paperclip a household name over the next few years, and the team could not be more excited."

Get involved!

There's still time to invest in the UK's leading marketplace provider. Head to our Seedrs page to get started today.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News