Connect with us

Crowdfunding

The crowdfunding campaign for Dresden paddle steamer failed

A crowdfunding campaign to save the world’s largest and oldest paddle steam fleet located in Dresden, with the aim to raise $118,000 (€100,000) run until August 21st. Unfortunately, the financing goal was not met, and the project has raised only $28,175 (€23,851). The 145 supporters of the crowdfunding campaign are not losing their money. Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt had to file for insolvency.

Published

on

This picture show the city of dresden.

The crowdfunding project to support the insolvent Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt has failed. Up to the end of the collecting action in the night to Friday, August 21st, only $28,175 (€23,851) were raised, as co-initiator Michael Hillman of the specialized group Elbeschifffahrt of the association Saxonian homeland security communicated. 

The funding target was $118,000 (€100,000). With the money, the sponsoring association “White Fleet Dresden” was to participate in the purchase and maintenance of the oldest and largest paddle steamer fleet in the world according to the company and operate it in the future.

Nowadays, crowdfunding has become an important source of financing for companies and associations. Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt also hoped to save the oldest and largest paddle steamer fleet in the world through a crowdfunding campaign. However, unfortunately, the financing goal was not met. You can read more about this particular subject and other important business news with our companion app, Born2Invest.

Even if the funding target was missed, the efforts continue

Hillmann said that a successful fundraising campaign would have meant greater public awareness of the cause and increased the pressure on public authorities and private investors. However, even without having achieved the financial goal, a strong voice for the continuation of the fleet in Dresden had been created with those involved. In this context, he also referred to the petition to the Saxon state capital to preserve shipping with the historic steamers on the Elbe as a cultural asset and to enlist state aid for this purpose. 1,473 people had supported this cause with their vote.

The 145 supporters of the crowdfunding campaign are not losing their money. The amount they provided is either not collected at all or is repaid. The various shipping associations in Dresden will not stop their efforts despite this setback, Hillmann emphasized. A meeting has been arranged for the coming weeks to discuss what other possibilities there are for supporting the Saxon Steamship Association.

SEE ALSO  Palate Club leading the pack: advancing consumer wine tech

Three investors in the race to save Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt

The company with nine historic paddle steamers and two modern salon ships already had to contend with major sales losses in 2019 due to the low water of the Elbe. This year, the persistently low water level of the Elbe was compounded by the Corona crisis. The start of the season had to be postponed and the number of passengers limited. After the Sächsische Aufbaubank stopped paying out a loan, Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt had to file for insolvency at the beginning of June.

The local court of Dresden allowed proceedings to take place under its own administration. The company continues to operate, while at the same time investors are being sought. The company announced that there have been “three qualified offers from serious investors” from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. No further information was given with reference to confidentiality. According to the Freundeskreis der Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt, there are other interested parties in the ongoing bidding process. According to the management, the concepts and offers of the selected applicants relate to the entire group, including the subsidiaries, and provide for their continuation.

They were presented to the preliminary creditors’ committee and the administrator on August 10th. Management has not yet announced when the decision for an investor will be made.

__

(Featured image by Ruediger via Pixabay)

DISCLAIMER: This article was written by a third party contributor and does not reflect the opinion of Born2Invest, its management, staff or its associates. Please review our disclaimer for more information.

This article may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “become,” “plan,” “will,” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks as well as uncertainties, including those discussed in the following cautionary statements and elsewhere in this article and on this site. Although the Company may believe that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, the actual results that the Company may achieve may differ materially from any forward-looking statements, which reflect the opinions of the management of the Company only as of the date hereof. Additionally, please make sure to read these important disclosures.

First published in mdr SACHSEN, a third-party contributor translated and adapted the article from the original. In case of discrepancy, the original will prevail.

Although we made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translations, some parts may be incorrect. Born2Invest assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions or ambiguities in the translations provided on this website. Any person or entity relying on translated content does so at their own risk. Born2Invest is not responsible for losses caused by such reliance on the accuracy or reliability of translated information. If you wish to report an error or inaccuracy in the translation, we encourage you to contact us.

Sharon Harris is a feminist and a part-time nomad. She reports about businesses primarily involved in tech, CBD, and crypto. She started her career as a product manager at a Silicon Valley startup but now enjoys a new life as a personal finance geek and writer. Her primary aim is to provide readers with a new perspective on the overlapping world of finance and technology.