A team with a big heart

Discover our story and learn more about us.

Discover our team.

We believe that through cooperation and kindness, we can bring lasting change to our planet and its inhabitants. Our mission is to connect and empower people, to encourage them to create sustainable social and environmental change.

André Abreu

Co-Founder, CEO


HR Business Partner

Aurélien Borst

Partner & Interactive Designer


Sales Manager UK


Junior Project Manager

Pierre-Jacques Dauvert

Partner & Product Engineer

Guillaume Granelli

Co-Founder & Customer Success

Stephanie Grawehr

Marketing Manager

Marie Métrailler

Customer Success Manager

Mathilde Pellen

Customer Success Manger


Sales Manager Singapore

Florent Prontera

Sales Manager

Niklas Van Neyghem

Co-Founder & Product

Delphine Andreae

Nonprofit Relationship Manager

Loïc Krähenbühl

Education Project Manager

Magino Marveaux-Cochet

Partner & Product Engineer

But why did you choose a hummingbird as your logo?

Inspired by a legend, reinforced by your actions.

Logo Alaya Gris : Le colibri de Pierre Rabhi

One day a terrible fire broke out in a forest - a huge woodlands was suddenly engulfed by a raging wild fire. Frightened, all the animals fled their homes and ran out of the forest. As they came to the edge of a stream they stopped to watch the fire and they were feeling very discouraged and
powerless. They were all bemoaning the destruction of their homes. Every one of them thought there was nothing they could do about the fire, except for one little hummingbird.

This particular hummingbird decided it would do something. It swooped into the stream and picked up a few drops of water and went into the forest and put them on the fire. Then it went back to the stream and did it again, and it kept going back, again and again and again. All the other animals watched in disbelief; some tried to discourage the hummingbird with comments like, "Don't bother, it is too much, you are too little, your wings will burn, your beak is too tiny, it’s only a drop, you can't put out this fire."
And as the animals stood around disparaging the little bird’s efforts, the bird noticed how hopeless and forlorn they looked.

Then one of the animals shouted out and challenged the hummingbird in a mocking voice, "What do you think you are doing?"

And the hummingbird, without wasting time or losing a beat, looked back and said,
"I am doing what I can."

The legend of the hummingbird

Our story.

We started with a single objective: to create a space for collaboration and care to empower people to bring significant change in the world.

Spring 2020

Alaya raises CHF 2 Million to reinforce international expansion and develop offering

Logo investors

Alaya announces a CHF 2.0 Mio financing led by BackBone Ventures, and joined by investiere, a Swiss family office, Gentian Investments, and experienced business angels. The funds will reinforce its international expansion into the UK, Germany, Singapore, and Spain, and support the widening of its product offering.

Read the full press release.

Spring 2020

Spring 2019

Alaya opens offices in France

To expand its footprint and offer its services to companies seeking to engage their employees, Alaya opens a branch in Paris, France.

Spring 2019

Winter 2017

Alaya is born

In order to improve the clients’, employees’ and charities’ experiences, Share A Dream and Hope it Up decide to unite their strength and expertise and offer one global solution for social employee engagement. Alaya was born that day. One year later, their digital platform supports hundreds of NGOs accross the world and helps brands and companies grow with actions to support their values.

Winter 2017

Summer 2017

Launch of hopeitup.org

Hope it Up launches its employee engagement digital platform. The platform will facilitate many company fundraisings and volunteering days offering a time saving solution and meaningful experiences to employees.

Summer 2017

Summer 2017

Launch of share-a-dream.org

Share A dream launches a platform fully dedicated to skills-based volunteering and companies do not wait long before trying out the platform.

Summer 2017

April 2017

Hope it up and Mass Challenge

Like Share A Dream before, Hope it Up becomes a figure of the swiss social impact ecosystem by becoming finalist of the 2017 Mass Challenge edition. The two start-ups meet.

April 2017

December 2016

Creation of Hope it up.

Hope it Up was created to answer a cultural and social challenge companies and brands face nowadays with the idea to support the creation of a more positive workplace environment through social actions. The start-up quickly gains reputation.

December 2016

Summer 2016

Share A Dream and Mass Challenge

Share A Dream becomes a start-up with global ambitions and becomes a Social-Tech Ambassador in Switzerland. Finalist of the 2016 Mass Challenge accelerator edition, it is the beginning of a social entrepreneurship adventure

Summer 2016

December 2015

Share A Dream’s journey

A passionate team takes off for a 6 months mission and create a bridge between european employees and latin-american NGOs. They prove that borders can be erased for noble causes.

December 2015
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