Birmingham startup Fundrage wins SXSW contest. Learn more about the new app that’s coming.

Allie Brandenburger, CEO of The Bridge Network interviewing Maria Underwood at SXSW. (Fundrage)

Birmingham startup Fundrage is on a roll. 

Fundrage is an innovative social impact platform founded by local Birmingham entrepreneur Maria Underwood, with assistance from the Voltage program at Innovation Depot

This spring, Fundrage won the South by Southwest — SXSW’s Snark Tank pitch contest in front of a large national gathering of other tech founders and investors.

“The invite to SXSW was overwhelming and exciting,” Underwood told Bham Now. “It was great to see the positive reaction to Fundrage on a national scale, and to be able to walk away a winner felt particularly validating.”

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How does Fundrage work? 

In a nutshell, it helps users channel their anger into action when reading the news by connecting them directly to nonprofits to support based on the article they’re reading. 

Fundrage’s goal is to make social impact easy, accessible and at the fingertips of users so that they don’t get mad, they get giving.

Want to give it a try? You can download Fundrage for free in the Google Chrome Store.

New App to be Unveiled on May 11th

Fundrage Founder Maria Underwood. (Fundrage)

The Fundrage app is currently in production and will be officially unveiled on May 11, 2022 at Demo Day, which is an event hosted by the Innovation Depot for participants in the Velocity Accelerator program. 

The app provides Fundrage users the opportunity to “fundrage on the go” by connecting them with nonprofits while they’re away from their desktop.

“With the app, whether you’re listening to a podcast, scrolling the news on your phone in bed, or in the airport waiting on your plane – you can open the Fundrage app and, just like in the extension, you’ll be able to take quick, easy action,” added Underwood.

Want to be the first person to get the new app?  Sign up to be on the waitlist here.

Have you tried out Fundrage? Tell us about on social media at @BhamNow

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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