PROBLEM
Collectors are passionate individuals that handpick and study every single collectable in a very emotional process. They do it because the objects are adorable, potentially a good investment, were family heritage or they just bring childhood memories. Everyone is a collector, even of a single, special, object in a certain moment.

As collectors we need to network to increase our collections and to share our knowledge and treasures, but could not find a social, online, platform to satisfy our needs.

Common social networks are not adequate as it is really hard to retrieve information and reuse in the future. Specialized trading platforms allow buying and selling but are either single themed or require huge time to identify honest and relevant deals.

SOLUTION
A digital, global reference platform, simple enough to be used for collectors of any age. Needs to address the three main vectors that Collectors look for: Passion (Social), Education (Knowledge) and Trading (Marketplace...
PROBLEM
Collectors are passionate individuals that handpick and study every single collectable in a very emotional process. They do it because the objects are adorable, potentially a good investment, were family heritage or they just bring childhood memories. Everyone is a collector, even of a single, special, object in a certain moment.

As collectors we need to network to increase our collections and to share our knowledge and treasures, but could not find a social, online, platform to satisfy our needs.

Common social networks are not adequate as it is really hard to retrieve information and reuse in the future. Specialized trading platforms allow buying and selling but are either single themed or require huge time to identify honest and relevant deals.

SOLUTION
A digital, global reference platform, simple enough to be used for collectors of any age. Needs to address the three main vectors that Collectors look for: Passion (Social), Education (Knowledge) and Trading (Marketplace).

To be the #1 platform it has to:
a) be inclusive (support all kind of collectables and collectors and surprise them);
b) facilitate the management of communities and their communication;
c) promote the sharing of information in common social platforms;
d) support a powerful but intuitive marketplace focused in collectables.

In summary, it has to become the #1 tool for collectors, making a lot of them feel they are the single most important collector of their interest (with their specificities) in the World.
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Employees

Miguel Barcelos
Admin
Miguel Barcelos Software Engineer
Miguel Correia
Admin
Miguel Correia Community Manager Entrepreneur with experience in network administration, Web-Design and Customer support.

Recommendations

Paulo Santos

From the point of view of an Incubation Manager with more than 15 years of experience supporting innovative tech based ideas and their respective promotors, and having being following this specific project from almost 2 years, by now, I can assure that Collectors Bridge has one of the most committed, experienced, capable and enthusiastic teams I’ ever work with. The project overall has a set of ingredients that makes it extremely attractive: very strong team (both from technical and management sides); a very “sexy” product in a very emotional market; diferentiation factors, tremendous passion and commitment well channeled to results achievement; huge market and scalable business model. Despite all of this, probably is not enough yet (never is!) but I’m sure they have what is needed to get there!

Diamantino Costa Co-Founder at YourGenome

I know two of the founders. I have worked close with them and I would definitely like to have them on my team another time. Didn't have the chance to analyse their last inception yet it seems they are on a sweet spot of a market place with passionate consumers. Looking forward to it.

Ricardo Filipe Vicente

Through the years technology has enabled ideas, visions and ideals to become reality. Collectors such as myself needed a platform to share their passion, to learn and to discuss with others that have similar interests. Collectors Bridge enables and brings together an entire community. In a nutshell it's the tool that Collectors have been waiting for a long time.

F. Luís Neves

Collectors Bridge is a innovative and very interesting idea, supported by a mature team with a strong commercial and technical background, that is now implemented and available as a beta web app. It is clearly an initiative that should be promoted and explored in a mature and collector-friendly market like UK. The next round of investment should be focused in the creation and full exploitation of an entire collector-focused market allowing both exchange and commercialization of items or even entire collections.

Jorge Figueira

Over the past few years, many of the startup companies of the Centre Region of Portugal have stood out for their excellent work and creative solutions. Among those that display most potential, Collectors Bridge deserves special attention. Collectors Bridge was founded by 4 entrepreneurs with vast experience in the areas of IT, Marketing, Communication, Creativity and Business and its core activity is the creation of a dynamic and sustainable platform for collectors all over the world.
More than just a project developed by students of the University of Coimbra, Collectors Bridge personifies an innovative and collaborative spirit and strengthens the skills of its members by the multidisciplinary nature of the team and the project itself.
Collectors Bridge won the contest Arrisca C in 2013 and gained not only the recognition of the academy and the market, but also the assurance that a good idea, when well planned and executed, will certainly receive good feedback from possible clients.

Miguel Correia Community Manager at Collectors Bridge

Collectors Bridge is, by far, one of the most interesting and passionate projects I've seen and the passion that this team applies on everyday work is astonishing and contagious.

Nowadays, preserving our society culture alongside with our collecting passions is quite a must, and having the place to join collectors around the world sharing those passions is a dream that we all want to be part of it!

Alexandre Pinto Co-Founder at TheNextBigIdea

As Historian and tech CEO, creating a link between generations of collectors, this is an amazing vision! This is a "must" for collectors!

Useful idea and vision, supported by a diverse team with the skills, motivation and commitment to make this product a success.

The diversity of use, but particularly the scale potential enhances the interest in a product with wide use in number of activities and users.

Ivan Barroso

Having a global reference for collectors and people that decided to preserve the pop-culture of previous decade is more than a necessity, it's a priority. Our history is full of cases where information is lost, or scattered among several sources, making the job for researches quite difficult.
Projects like Collectors Bridge can provide a secondary source solution, or at least, ease the research for either journalists, academics, or simply curious individuals that appreciate pop-culture.