About Chris Gourlay

Chris is the Founder and CEO of Spacehive, the world’s first crowdfunding platform for civic projects. He is a former Sunday Times staff journalist who covered architecture and planning, as well as leading the paper’s London coverage.He launched Spacehive in 2012 as a social business to stimulate new sources funding and creativity for the civic environment. Since then the platform has helped to deliver a diverse mix of projects across the UK - from a new community centre in Wales to a giant waterslide in the middle of a Bristol high street.He has won awards for Spacehive from the Big Venture Challenge, Nesta, UnLtd, Deloitte and Downing Street.


By |April 1st, 2016|News|

We're delighted to announce that following a year of negotiations with palace officials, the Royal Family are to establish a co-funding scheme on Spacehive, in [...]

Pledges are rolling in thick and fast for the Peckham Coal Line

By |August 3rd, 2015|Crowdfunding Inspiration|

It's always thrilling when a popular new project gets off to a flying start on Spacehive and Peckham Coal Line has done just that. The ambitious project, [...]

Spacehive among UK’s New Radicals 2014

By |September 23rd, 2014|Prizes and Awards|

Spacehive has been selected as one of Britain's New Radicals - an award by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, and The Observer to recognise social innovation. As the world's first civic [...]

Suggs on BBC: Let’s create “people’s sculpture park”

By |February 8th, 2014|Press and Media|

Madness star Suggs takes to the airwaves to call on viewers to help transform East London's industrial hinterland into a huge open air sculpture park. [...]

Match-funding available for Pocket Park projects

By |January 9th, 2014|Green spaces|

Got an idea for a green oasis you'd love to create in your area? Great news: Spacehive and The Mayor of London have teamed up for the [...]

Pledges of £5,000 are up for grabs from Experian – but be quick!

By |September 2nd, 2013|Brands using Crowdfunding|

Staff at Experian are bracing themselves for a fresh bombardment of awesome Spacehive projects with tens of thousands up for grabs at the next funding [...]

Calling all Hackney hacktivists!

By |July 25th, 2013|Cities|

Are you passionate about Hackney? If you could make one change to the borough's streets and spaces, what would it be? We're on the hunt [...]

Add fundraising and volunteer firepower to your project!

By |April 9th, 2013|Spacehive HQ|

Like to add bit of fuel to your funding campaign? Need some volunteers to help make your project happen? We can help! We've teamed up with [...]

Transform your town with cash from Experian

By |March 18th, 2013|Crowdfunding Inspiration, High Streets|

Just two months in and Spacehive's partnership with Experian and ATCM is already fuelling a host of town-brightening projects. We've seen pledges from £500 up [...]

Kevin McCloud’s grand design for a public toilet

By |February 27th, 2013|High Streets|

We’ve had a good showing of eccentric projects on Spacehive, including the creation of an enormous papier mache bust of the Queen, strapped to a [...]

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