We asked Ecobyte founders, Ivan Escobar and Juan Concha, about building an environmental app that helps people build and sustain environmental habits through benefits. Ivan is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about making a scalable impact through technology, with experience in digital marketing, startups and social entrepreneurship. Ivan chose Bubble because the no-code platform offers all of the customization features to enable him to quickly create a high-impact business model and web app.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
We are building the environmental super app for Latin America that helps people build and sustain environmental habits through benefits. Our platform is currently operating in Colombia.
How does your app work?
Our platform has everything you need to build a more eco-sustainable lifestyle. Through Ecobyte, people can:
- Discover environmental actions and sustainable brands to reduce their impact
- Register their environmental actions to earn points (Ecobytes)
- Redeem Ecobytes in benefits from allied brands.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
Ivan: I am a social entrepreneur passionate about making a scalable impact through technology. I'm a business student, with 2 years experience in digital marketing, startups and social entrepreneurship.
I've had several startup attempts, where I've won contests, but I always lacked the ability to create my own products, and as many others, I've never been lucky to meet a tech co-founder to adventure into my ideas.
So I got sick of waiting, and decided to train myself into becoming a full stack entrepreneur, capable of designing, creating and directing high-impact business models. This way, I discovered the no-code environment that led me to Bubble.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
Just because you want to build an app doesn't mean you have to start with an app.
Our idea is intended to become a mobile app, but we've taken the lean road to validate our idea.
We started with a simple MVP on Jotform and Carrd.co, and as we got initial validation we improved our platform with a Bubble web app.
Bubble has enabled us to make changes and iterate every week towards a better product-solution fit. Plus, we've been able to keep our costs very low, and access great discounts for students.
What have been your milestones or successes so far?
Since we started with Bubble 3 months ago, we've been able to make advancements that would take us 8 months on an app. We have achieved:
- Increased 3x the visitors on our website
- +180 Newsletter subscriptions.
- More than 20 allied sustainable companies located in Colombia.
What are your future plans for your app?
Ecobyte is an early stage startup, so our focus is on iterating towards a product-solution fit. We will start monetizing through our allied companies by march and improve our metrics to raise our first funding round.
We aim to become LATAM's environmental super app, that gathers all the sustainability ecosystem to promote an environmentally friendly lifestyle to consumers.
Bubble is a leader in the no-code movement. Bubble offers a powerful point-and-click web editor and cloud hosting platform that allows users to build fully customizable web applications and workflows, ranging from simple prototypes to complex marketplaces, SaaS products, and more. Over 500,000 users are currently building and launching businesses on Bubble - many have gone on to participate in top accelerator programs, such as Y Combinator, and even raise $365M in venture funding. Bubble is more than just a product. We are a strong community of builders and entrepreneurs that are united by the belief that everyone should be able to create technology.