The Inquirer recently covered start-up Regalii, a new money transfer product that allows immigrants here to send money in the form of gift cards to their family members in the US. Read the article here.
We're really happy to announce that Remás was selected as a semifinalist for the Echoing Green Fellowship, which provides seed funding and support for social enterprise start-ups. We've submitted our next round application, which included a 60 second pitch video filmed in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. [Click here to see the video]. We're very excited to hear about the next phase!
"What we haven’t seen, until very recently, is recognition in the United States that the smartphone is a domestically appropriate tool for combating entrenched poverty, employer abuses, and the myriad of constraints that have long prevented some of the most vulnerable Americans from taking advantage of opportunities that may significantly improve their lives."
August 15, 2011 - "It's given us a chance to show the world the work we're doing," said Brendan McBride, founder and executive director of Remas, a nonprofit organization developing an app that allows immigrants in the U.S. to more smartly send funds back to their home countries. The app won a contest run by AT&T. "Having won the prize has given us a degree of credibility that would have been difficult to achieve as a start-up organization."
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Remás wins grand prize and popular choice in Apps for Good contest, sponsored by One Economy and AT&T
June 14, 2011 - We're thrilled to announce that Remás was selected as the grand prize and popular choice winner in Apps for Good, a national contest to encourage the development of web and mobile applications that address issues of import to low-income individuals in the US. We would like to thank contest sponsors One Economy and AT&T for affirming the need for technology that addresses the needs of all people, no matter where you're from. Check out the coverage on Mashable and Daily Markets.
March 1, 2011 - Remás was selected as one of four projects nationwide that will be featured in Making Policy Public, an initiative of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) in Brooklyn, NY. Making Policy Public serves a venue for CUP to collaborate with advocates and designers to create and disseminate a series of foldout posters that use graphic design to explore and explain public policy. The Remás poster will provide information about how immigrant money senders can connect with mainstream banks in a manner that increases their financial options, including less expensive ways to send money across borders. The project launches in Summer 2011.
January 15, 2011 - The Remás team was one of the eight nonprofits selected to participate in Givecamp 2011. Sponsored by Microsoft, DevExpress, and others, GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time and expertise to build custom software applications for nonprofit organizations. We made a lot of friends, drank a lot of coffee, ate way too much fast food, and at least three people slept on the carpeted floor of a conference room. But most important of all, we came out of the event with a ramped-up version of our money transfer price comparison site!