Holvi’s platform will provide users of Mesenaatti with a solid banking backend and services, such as project-budgeting and expense-tracking not usually associated with crowdfunding sites.
Holvi is designed for groups of users: teams, associations, events, and clubs. Accounts support multiple users and offer features similar to a small business bank account. Users can send invoices, accept payments in an online store environment, and track budgets. The move to crowdfunding is a natural fit for Holvi.
Mesenaatti, meanwhile, is similar to services like Kickstarter. Mesenaatti is Finland’s first public crowdfunding site. Users create projects and present them via video, graphics, and text, and then, with any luck, the funds start rolling in. Patrons can invest as little as 10 euros in projects they find worthy.
Holvi launched in 2011.
NOTE: This story has been updated to note that Holvi is not a bank.