About Us

MAKEACHAMP is the leader in crowdfunding for competitive sports. Our global platform aims to level the playing field and ensure every competitive athlete gets the support they need to succeed.

Behind every champion, there’s a crowd of supporters, and we’ve got the stats to prove it. Over 10,000 athletes, teams and clubs from 36 countries leverage the power of crowdfunding on MAKEACHAMP to raise funds, share their story and grow their fanbase. Six of these athletes made it to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, and more went on to become local, national and international champions.

Our hard working team is here for you around the clock and dedicated to making sure each athlete and supporter’s experience is a positive one.

Over

6,000

Supporters
Over

$2,000,000

Raised

What We Do

We’re revolutionizing sponsorship in sports. High costs and limited funding opportunities mean talent doesn’t always make it to the podium, let alone the competition. MAKEACHAMP is the solution offering every promising athlete the opportunity to succeed.

How? By equipping athletes with innovative micro-sponsoring and self-marketing tools, we help athletes build a fanbase and grow their network over the long-term as they crowdfund specific goals.

Our platform is also about empowering people: to impact the development of rising stars and cast a vote on who they want to see become the next champion.

If you’re an athlete

Create a profile to share your story, raise funds and engage your fans across social media. We’ve got your back with tips and technology, providing an integrated online presence that you can update anytime, anywhere.

Create your profile

If you’re a supporter

Be a part of the journey from the beginning. Join the most powerful community of supporters backing competitive athletes around the world. Your support helps rising stars get to competitions, train safely, eat right, sleep better and stay focused.

Create your supporter profile

Athlete Verification & Transaction Protection

Every single athlete goes through an identity verification process before they appear on our platform.

We also believe social verification and peer review by online communities can be as effective as any auditor. We strongly encourage athletes to add pictures as well as links to their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

When it comes to crowdfunding, we work with PayPal for its world-class security to assure each transaction is protected.

We believe in value

MAKEACHAMP has been for-profit and independently financed from the start. No investors, expensive media agencies or ownership by corporate sponsors mean we don’t bow to outside pressures. We’re committed to our community.

The fact that we take a higher percentage* from transactions than most of our competitors is a testament to our values. We invest in expanding the scope of our services to bring you the most responsive and innovative technology, including:

  • More useful, awesome tools for e-mail promotion, team management and social media integration.
  • Stunning athlete pages that are permanent and FREE. They come with full-screen pictures, movies, social media tools, bio, achievements timeline, rewards management and more.
  • Unmatched 24/7 customer service in over 40 countries.
  • Advice and guidance from crowdfunding experts, including tips, problem solving, and strategy for your campaign.
  • Bigger reach: we’re the only platform that’s global and provides localized payment methods.

And in the future, we’re working to bring you travel bookings, ever greater international networking opportunities, localized roadmaps so athletes can find the best travel, accommodation, training facilities, and more.

*MAKEACHAMP charges 5%. No membership fees or setup fees. That means you don’t have to invest money to raise money. We charge a small fee from the money you raise, which means we get paid only when you succeed. View the pricing page for more details.

2m+

Dollars Raised

Our Story

Started by athletes for athletes, MAKEACHAMP is a platform born from the struggle to secure funding in competitive sports.

David Ancor is a Canadian athlete, aspiring to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Judo. It was upon his return from representing Canada at the judo World Junior Championships in 2012 that the idea behind MAKEACHAMP was born. Specifically, it was when he received a bill of about $5,000 from the Canadian government for his plane ticket, hotel and other expenses.

Feeling a little defeated, David turned to fellow judoka and web programmer, Michael Shpigelman. He asked Michael whether he could make him a site where people could send their support with one simple click. This idea was quickly transformed into a much bigger undertaking: creating a platform where all athletes could find financial and moral support from a larger community.

Michael and David co-founded MAKEACHAMP in collaboration with CEO & President, David Barkay, an experienced senior executive and respected international business developer. In 2013, our first year of operation, we raised $350,000 for competitive athletes, teams and clubs. In our second, the platform grossed over $1 million. As we enhance our reach and services, attracting a growing number of visitors, that number keeps rising. We’re currently the global leader in sports crowdfunding with 10,000 athletes in 94 sports from 36 countries around the world, and counting…

We couldn’t do what we do without our incredible team. Meet our champs below!