Dear friends of the EURAFRI non-profit project!
We want to thank you for the great feedback to our EURAFRI project! We love to see that there is a huge interest in the project and also we was able to answer a lot of question in our talks we want to publish a summary FAQ.
What is the EURAFRI Project?
- With EURAFRI we started an non-profit networking platform between Europa and Africa. EURAFRI is business networking without borders for entrepreneurs, companies and startups, especially focused in import/export trading and IT/IoT business. EURAFRI members uses the members only forum to exchange ideas, offers and opportunities. Furthermore there are planned local and international “Meet-Me” events for EURAFRI members meetings. EURAFRI is connecting its members by networking and communication but EURAFRI itself will not be doing business by itself. All business opportunities will be worked out by EURAFRI members and for doing business between members there is no fees or commissions payable to EURAFRI. The project itself is financing operations out of membership fees and donations only.
For Karl, one of the founders of EURAFRI, it is fact that real new markets, expansion, further growing and interesting startups will be available only in Africa in the future. Africa is the most interesting country for creating business without immediate predatory competition.
What is the projects status
At the moment EURAFRI is in Pre-Opening state. We received the governments ZVR registration number for our organization on 2019/08/02. The technical infrastructure was build by the great IT technicans of CTS-Solutions.at. Website, Member Registration, Members-Only Forum and Newsletter are setup and tested. Actually the first members joined, but its still pre-opening. We have to thank the CTS team a lot because they donated a value of around 40.000 € in the form of servers, software and programming. CTS is a Platin Member and VIP-Donor). We hope others see this great chance too and follow CTS as Member and/or donor!
We have nominated the first volunteer Ambassador in Ghana. Maximilian will spread the EURAFRI message in Ghana and the project will nominate the Ambassador for Uganda soon.
We are looking forward to new members understanding the vision of EURAFRI! We definitely need additional Silver, Gold and Platium members to finance EURAFRI’s further growing. Membership registration is online at https://mm.eurafri.com/ using Paypal as payment processor. Membership is monthly and you can cancel at any time. If you love the vision of EURAFRI as we do, please checkout our donation section https://eurafri.com/#contact too.
The first regional “Meet-Me” events will happen in Salzburg and South-East Bavaria. The groups will meet monthly. Please find all details in the Events section of the EURAFRI forum https://forum.eurafri.com .
For sure the founders of EURAFRI understands, that it will need around one year till enough members joined EURAFRI. Irrespective of this fact we will not hand out free memberships, except ambassadors and region managers. We do need to get an small elite circle together turning membership at EURAFRI into more business and profit for all members. We expect an realistic view at time frames from “early bird” members and have massive reduced the membership fee for them. Furthermore we will not enhance this fee as long as this “early bird” membership exists and offer another huge benefit for “early birds”! It will not make sense to wait one year and join later, at least not in the form of the membership fee! The final membership fee will be higher, so you have no advance in waiting. We thank all “early birds” for their support of the project!
If you are interested to support the project a Ambassador or Region-Manager please contact Karl or Markus via https://eurafri.com/contactanddonate/ . We appreciate your volunteer help!
Why are the no free memberships?
Karl invested a lot of time in planning this project and both Karl and Markus are proven high level IT experts. During their time on the web they learned that all projects and services offering free membership has massive problems with spam, trolls, illegal content and far more.
A free service must be monitored and moderated 24⁄7 and this would require at least 4 full time payed team members monitoring, moderating and deleting spam and troll postings. They also would need to handle all legal actions against posters. The costs of these team members would be at least 10.000 € per month based on Austrian salaries and taxes. We are unable to finance these costs and also are not willing to invest a lot of money in people thinking access to opportunities for their personal success have to be free. Internet is never free. you pay with your data, which is the highest price or you pay a minimal membership fee without destroying your privacy. We suggest you keep your data for you!
Even more the administrative burden is set at a maximum of 10% in our statutes. This would result in a minimum income of 100.000 € out of donations and membership fees per month! So we are definitely unable to do that without breaking the law.
EURAFRI does not show advertisement, does not sell any data of its members. We take the privacy of our members seriously! All content is loaded from the CTS servers they made available to us. All membership payments are handled via Paypal and donations higher then Platin-Membership are handled by IBAN payment.
This setup required membership fees and donations for EURAFRI’s daily operation and networking. But we do think that going this way we reduce the forum moderation work and will have high quality posts only in the forum. The benefit for members is huge! Nobody wants to scroll masses of dumb posts. Opportunities and business is the target!
Membership fees are low and based on the chances for new business and contacts they are insignificant. Forum and “Meet-Me” event are only available to members.
We do know that there are a lot of people on the net using free offers only. Nothing is free, if it is free you pay the highest price, your data. “Everybody has something to hide!” with the minimal form of Meta-Data you do not want to have public. But time changes and meanwhile a lot of people try to increase their privacy. They are willing to pay a small fee for services protecting their privacy, offering high quality exclusive content to members. EURAFRI’s members offers opportunities and high quality content and postings. Join us and take your chance for more business!
Eventually after nearly 40 years of experience in IT, trading and consulting it is fact, that users expecting a free service or product also without paying with data are not within the focus of EURAFRI’s idea of new members. High quality postings requires selected members and the EURAFRI team is sure, that a longer time to build up membership base is a huge benefit for all members in the future operation.
EURAFRI prefers a small elite circle of members benefiting from each other and does not want to create membership site for the masses. High quality has priority even it is much harder to build up. Eventually it will be a far better organization with exceptional opportunities for its members!
Why do I need a login to access the forum?
The EURAFRI forum (https://forum.eurafri.com) is as the “Meet-Me” events are too, members only. Non-Members have no access to information, data, chances and opportunities posted in the forum or discussed at the “Meet-Me” events. We keep things inside the elite circle of members.
Is there a fee if attending an “Meet-Me” event?
No, in general attending “Meet-Me” events organized be local region managers is free for members. You have to pay for your drinks and food by yourself. Non-Members have no access.
We will keep you informed!
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