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About contributing to medical research via INDACEA

What does INDACEA do?
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INDACEA is a non-profit aiming to fund Medical Research. Maximum objective is to accelerate the discovery of treatments for any disease or injury.

INDACEA is just a channel to make your funding reach and foster Medical Research. We’ve realized that there are a lot of people willing to fund Medical Research. Nowadays it’ll be almost imposible for a citizen to find and evaluate the suitability of Medical Research Projects without a platform such as INDACEA.

Additionaly, researchers must dedicate too much time on searching funds (time that will be best used in medical research).

INDACEA is the meeting point.

Is there a minimum financial contribution?

Yes. The minimum is 5 Euros per month (the equivalent cost of just a small snack!).

Will my contribution support just one category of diseases?

INDACEA has been created to foster medical research for all diseases.

Nevertheless, we’ve created several categories of diseases in order to make it easier for you to know how your money is going to be used. You can see them here.

What do you mean by different categories of diseases?

INDACEA will finance medical research for any disease. We’ve created categories of related diseases in order to make it easier for you to know how your money is going to be used.

There are 12 categories. You can see them here.

Why doesn’t INDACEA focus on just one disease or one category of diseases?

It could happen that none of the projects of the categories you’ve selected are exactly related to the disease you are interested in. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that the project is not related to that disease. Even if the disease you are interested isn’t the one being directly studied, the research for one disease often helps other diseases.

You can read articles related to this here.

How do I know in which category the disease I’m interested in belongs to?

It’s very easy; you just need to use the search tool in the menu bar or this link.

Can I contribute to more than one category?

Yes, you can contribute to as many categories as you want. The only condition is that your total contribution should be at least 5 Euros or more per month, which can be split between as many categories as you wish.

I’d rather wait for “my project” to appear before I start contributing

INDACEA is based on many people giving small contributions. That means that there will be lots of people contributing to projects directly related to a specific disease which may, or may not, be the one they are specifically interested in. In fact, right now, there are people in each of the categories who are contributing regardless of whether the projects are directly related to the disease they are concerned about (although it is quite likely it might end up giving positive results for them).

Also, it is important to note that the sooner the current projects are financed, the sooner the one you are interested in will get its turn to be financed.

We are convinced that in the medium/long term, you will have financed a project directly or indirectly related to the disease you are concerned about. In INDACEA we uphold the idea that medical research in some pathology gives positive results to others and vice versa. You can see herepress articles discussing this. We’ve been collecting them for you.

What’s the difference between INDACEA and the patient organizations that already exist?

We think INDACEA is different from other organizations. Or, better said, INDACEA complements other organizations. This post explains why very well.

And, what about the difference with other Crowdfunding platforms?

Here you are:

 CrowdfundingINDACEA
If minimum is not reachedIf it’s the “All or Nothinf” type: You do not pay anything nor you fund anythingYou decide whether to finance the project, give “extra-time” or keep it for the next project
If total received is more than the minimum statedTotal accumulated is given to the projectThe project receives what it needs and the remaining is kept for the next project of the same category
“One shot”You just fund the projectYou are funding medical research of the categories you select. You do it through specific projects. Once one is funded, there will be another one, and so on…
How does the platform fund itself?They usually charge a percentage of your fundsJust what is strictly needed (maximum 0’50€ of your monthly funding)
RewardThere usually is a reward (equity, products/services or inmaterial things). Exception: Donation-based CrowdfundingPeople funding via INDACEA are willing to increase medical research funds. Thus, we do try to avoid adding unnecessary costs. Nonetheless, we are working hard to get you some kind of rewards. We will keep you updated.
CompatibilitiesA lot of platforms do not allow projects to get funds via other ways.INDACEA’s main goal is to foster medical research and help medical research projects to raise more funds. Additionally, these projects may be really costly. Thus we do allow projects to raise funds via other platforms.
Main projectUsually these platforms have multiple projects that could compete between themselves to attract investor’s interest.There will usually be one project per category (or very few, 1-3 projects) that will not compete between themselves within a group since investor’s money will be to fund the group’s research (thus funds will be equally distributed among the active projects within a group).

You may read a little more about this here.

Why doesn’t INDACEA put its efforts in making big companies be the ones to contribute?

INDACEA wants companies to get involved and invest. However, we believe that the best way of doing that is by offering them something they could be interested in.

That’s why it’s very important for us to not only receive funds, but to also make INDACEA as widely known and recognized as possible. This, we believe, can be done through having as many individuals as possible contributing. This in turn will attract companies, to contribute also and to use the services we could offer them in future, and make it a positive thing for them to be associated with our name. We believe that this is the best way to make companies aware of us, and for the most successful results.

There are people who contribute for altruistic reasons (even though they haven’t realized yet that they already benefit or will benefit from medical research) and people who do it because for their own interests or for the interest of someone they know. Similarly, there are companies with philanthropic, altruistic policies, and others hoping for something in return.

We think that people or companies who contribute because of their own interest should not be “demonized”, quite the opposite in fact. Those who contribute because they have interests or a certain motivation for doing so are very important for us because they’ll probably keep contributing.

In the tab “companies that support us” of each category of diseases you’ll be able to see a list of the companies contributing toward the research in that category.

Why should we contribute to medical research when we have long hospital waiting lists? We would rather use our money for that.
  • We agree there should be more state funds to improve services in hospitals and we believe the situation at the moment is of major concern. There are already organizations dedicated to this issue and they are doing a good job.
  • Let’s imagine a better service has been achieved already: good rooms, enough beds and no waiting lists. How do we take care of the people now? What medicines, knowledge or technology do we use?
  • For this reason, we could rather focus on medical research. But which is more important? We think both things are equally important. No matter how many resources are made available in order to provide a good service to patients, they would be of small comfort to the patient if we don’t have the therapies to treat them with. Similarly, there’s little point in having the appropriate therapies if people cannot access them.
Are there any other ways of supporting INDACEA?

Medical research needs ongoing financial support to continue or to even begin. Nevertheless, if you can’t afford €5 Euros/month, there are other ways you can help INDACEA receive contributions from others.

  • You can still register in INDACEA even if you are not going to provide funding. You’ll get some benefits from being IND. Check our section “Support INDACEA in a different way”.
  • An easy way to help us, even if you haven’t registered, is by letting everyone know about us. You can do it by using the social media, sharing any of the links you’ll find below, following us or by any other way you could think of. If you’re already IND, remember to provide your contacts with your user code so you can upgrade your “IND level”.
  • INDACEA belongs to everyone. We would like to know what you think about what we publish on our blog and in the social media. Participate and help us improve by sharing your ideas and opinions. If you are IND and you have a great idea which we implement, you’ll get extra points that will help you upgrade your “IND level”.
  • INDACEA is finalizing agreements with our partner companies so that they can provide special offers for people who decide to support INDACEA in this way. These offers will be published in a special section of our web site. INDACEA will receive a certain amount of money for every response to an offer or completed questionnaire you do, and, in turn, you’ll get points that can upgrade your “IND level”. You just have to register at “Support INDACEA in a different way”.
Give me more information about seeing advertisements and filling out questionnaires.

INDACEA wants companies to get involved and invest. However, we believe that the best way of doing that and obtaining successful results is by offering them something they could be interested in.

That’s why it’s very important for us not only to get funds, but to also make INDACEA as widely known as possible and therefore also, by association, the companies that support us by contributing or by using the services we can offer them in the future.

Undoubtedly, the people contributing to INDACEA are our greatest asset.  We believe that even more benefit can be gained by allowing partner companies access to this important asset in the form of voluntary questionnaires or other services that might be of interest for advertising companies. Both companies and individuals are interested in knowing what’s available in the market and people’s opinion on it. As an individual contributor, you will no doubt be interested to know what is available and to give your opinions in order to improve a product or service. INDACEA benefits from the increased funding this creates and the individual contributor can feel assured that they are helping to generate even more financial support for medical research beyond their own contributions.

We appreciate that it’s often annoying to watch ads or completing questionnaires (especially if it happens when watching your favourite movie or TV series). However, how would you know about the latest mobile phone, tablet, car or fashion if no one tells you about it? In fact, how would you have known about INDACEA if we hadn’t advertised ourselves (on the internet, via patient organizations and by word of mouth)?

Moreover, how can a company know if you would like them to improve something you bought if they don’t ask you? Would a company have dared to spend millions of Euros developing a mobile phone at the end of the 1990’s without asking people if they want it, how they want it and when? Would a company spend thousands on an advertising campaign without first undertaking market research and asking people if they liked it or if they got the idea?

Most products use market surveys or pre-test advertisements and companies are willing to pay considerable amounts of money for it. However, it will not work with only a few people. They need lots of people (thousands) and that’s where we ask you to help. You only need to register and, once there are enough people, we will let you know and we will ask you to check the ads from time to time and answer a survey.

This can make us stronger. Don’t hesitate any longer and register at “Support INDACEA in a different way”.

Where does my money go?

Where does my money go?

Your contribution is for medical research for the category of diseases of your choice. There is a committee of experts, for each category of diseases, which will decide the projects that are feasible and worthwhile among the ones received. Those who want to get more involved can vote for the project they wish to be financed first for their category of diseases.

Don’t be afraid of voting in any of the categories you’ve chosen. Your opinion is very important for INDACEA, so please get involved – we want to know what you like or dislike about our work.

For example, if the committee of experts has selected three projects for a particular category (say, cardiovascular diseases), you can vote for your favourite. Once the process has finished, the project which receives the most votes will be the next one to receive finance, then the second one and so on.

Would you like your vote to have more weight? Check on the section “Are you IND” and you’ll find out more on how to do it.

If what you want to know is how the money is being used, check the section “Transparency” where you’ll have access to the company’s accounting.

Is all my money used for medical research?

That’s how we would like it to be. We work to allocate the maximum amount possible to medical research. However, INDACEA needs to employ people to work full time and there are some costs to keep the organization running and working.

That’s why a maximum of €0.50 cents (no matter if you contribute with €5 Euros or €100 Euros per month) will be allocated for the operational costs of the organization. €0.50 cents from each member can end up being a big amount. Therefore, if there is a moment in which less than €0.50 cents is needed, the extra amount will be allocated to medical research of the categories you chose.

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What about contributions made through “Support INDACEA in a different way”

In order to minimize as much as possible the amount of money from IND members that will be used for operational tasks, the funds received via “Support INDACEA in a different way” will cover the following (in order of priority):

  • The cost incurred by INDACEA in collecting this income
  • The costs of operational tasks (5% of the earnings, that is to say, the income minus the cost of the products)
  • Distribution among the category of diseases of your choice

If you haven’t read the previous question, we would like to remind you that one of the aims of INDACEA is to allocate the maximum amount possible of your contribution to the categories of diseases of your choice. One of the missions we have is to try to cover operational costs by other means different from your contributions.

If I make a lump sum payment will my contribution go directly to the project that is being financed at the moment?

Yes. If you decide to make a lum sum payment, your contribution will go directly to the project that is being financed at the moment within the group or groups you have selected.

What if I make monthly payments?

We all want other people to contribute to medical research of the disease we are interested in and we might not realize that they also expect us to contribute to their category. That’s why at INDACEA we always talk about a monthly contribution to a category of diseases.

In those cases in which members make monthly payments and also in those cases in which members contribute intermittently, i.e. not on a regular monthly basis, part of your contribution will be allocated to the current project and the rest for the following.

INDACEA will consider that the payment has been made to finance the projects that will be available during the following twelve months. Therefore, if the then current project receives its arranged funding within two months, the first two fees paid will be allocated to that project and the rest to the following ones.

Donations and subscriptions can make organizations complacent with our money, why should I trust INDACEA to take care of it?
  • We appreciate that there many worthy causes and charities that you could give your money to. The difference with investing in medical research (through INDACEA) is that you will actually benefit, either directly or indirectly, from taking an interest and contributing. From the most basic headache tablet to the most advanced MRI scanners; from simple blood tests to long-term complex interventions; all of these treatments, and the expertise that goes with them, have come about as a result of medical research.
  • INDACEA aims to operate with just €0.50 cents/month from each IND member. Therefore, if we don’t do a good job, we will pay a high price because people will trust us less and less and we will have fewer and fewer contributions. (Note: this does not rule out us seeking government aid wherever it is available, which would result in even more of your contributions going to medical research).
  • INDACEA has to be totally transparent, otherwise it won’t work. You’ll be able to check the decisions taken and the costs of the organization on the web site. You’ll always be able to give your opinion and see where the money goes. INDACEA is obviously interested in its members agreeing with its management. Otherwise they would not give funds. That’s why we want you to get involved and comment on what you like and what you don’t like. That will help us do better and be more efficient, and will result in having more funds for medical research.
My contribution will just end up funding research into the main diseases.

We are convinced that medical research for a specific condition has positive effects in research for others. Nevertheless, as IND member, your contribution will go towards medical research in the categories you’ve selected, not just to a specific disease or condition.

In addition, we’ve created a system where that will not happen; you can vote and have a say in which projects are going to be financed first.

Would you like your vote to have more weight? Check on the section Are you IND and you’ll find out more on how to do it.

About Medical Research Projects

Who can submit a project?

Any person, laboratory, company or association of people affected by a certain disease (from any country in the world) can submit a project as soon as the research project focuses on a certain disease or injury.

In fact, we encourage every patient organization to get involved in order to help all the members of their organization that could benefit from it.

Even foreign researchers?

Of course. People want to get healthy, no matter the nationality of the researcher or whether he/she works for a public or a private entity.

If INDACEA receives several projects for the same category, how does it decide the order in which to finance them?

This will happen very often and there is a simple solution:

  1. The Committee of Experts at INDACEA will analyse the projects received and will select the feasible ones and show their order of preference. This order of preference will not be binding.
  2. INDACEA will publish the projects selected by the Committee of Experts so that those interested can vote for their favoured ones to be financed first.
  3. The project that gets a higher score will be the first one to be financed (once the then current projects have been financed). Then, the research with the second higher score is financed, and so on. In the event of a tied vote, the order of preference given by the Committee of Experts will decide between them.

For example, if the Committee of Experts has selected three projects for a particular category (say, cardiovascular diseases), you can vote for your favourite. Once the process has finished, the project which receives the most votes will be the next one to receive finance, then the second one and so on.

Would you like your vote to have more weight? Check on the section Are you IND and you’ll find out more about how to do it.

Can everyone vote?

Yes, everyone entering the web site or the social media can vote for their favourite projects.

Do all votes have the same value?

No, they don’t. INDACEA wants to thank the effort made by IND members to help INDACEA get more funds.

INDACEA allows anyone to vote via social media but, obviously, being IND is an advantage and that means that your vote will have more weight. Therefore, you’ll be able to vote through social media and also through a tool INDACEA will make available for you.

What happens if the amount required by the researcher is not achieved?

You can decide if you want to give them an extension to collect more funds; provide them with the funds already achieved; or keep that amount to finance the next project.

INDACEA allows researchers to look for other ways of funding. Therefore, researchers might be able to run a project if they get INDACEA’s funds plus funds from another source. In that case, INDACEA will verify if this is true and inform you so you can have all the relevant information to be able decide from the different options.

What happens if the research project results in a patent or provides financial profits?

INDACEA invests in different research projects under the condition that INDACEA will have the right to receive an appropriate amount should the research result in a patent or financial profit. This additional income into INDACEA would be used to try to reduce the costs of possible treatments that might result from that project or to finance other projects.

You can see a draft of the contract signed with researchers submitting projects in the section “Transparency”.

How does INDACEA know that researchers are not submitting the less economically profitable projects?

INDACEA has a Committee of Experts that evaluates the feasibility and reliability of the projects submitted for funding.

In addition, when a new project is selected to be financed, the researchers sign a binding agreement which contractually obliges them to meet agreed deadlines. Under this agreement, INDACEA keeps back the total funds for that project and instead makes funding payments in instalments as each deadline is reached. You can see a draft of the contract in the section “Transparency”.

How do I know we will not fund “unethical” projects? (like, for example, human cloning).
  • One of the duties of INDACEA is that it must ensure compliance with the code of ethics. All projects submitted to INDACEA will be first checked against the code of ethics. Afterwards, members will decide which one to finance first.
  • In addition, the projects are financed in instalments which are paid as they achieve specified set goals during the process. That is to say, money is not released for a particular objective until the previous one has been achieved. As each stage is reviewed and evaluated, ‘irregularities’ can be detected and there are methods to put pressure on the researchers to do things the right way.
  • Finally, one of the conditions for financing a project is that researchers should write intelligible reports regarding the progress of the project. That’s to say, using plain language, without very specific terminology, and easy to understand. That will allow you to know where your money goes.
What happens if a member of the Committee of Experts has links to one of the projects to finance?

In that case, the member of the committee who has links to the project, either personal or professional, will not be able to participate in the evaluation of that project. The evaluation will be done by other members of our Committee of Experts.

How do I know the money actually goes towards medical research?
  • If INDACEA uses the money for something else it would fail to complete with its own statutes and that would have legal consequences.
  • You can see all the decisions made by INDACEA and the costs in the section “Transparency”, which we have provided to answer your concerns. You’ll be able to see where the money goes and to give your opinion. INDACEA is obviously interested in its members agreeing with its management. Otherwise they would not give funds. That’s why we want you to get involved and comment on what you like and what you don’t like. It will help us be better at what we do and become even more efficient, which, in turn, will free up more funds for medical research.
Why should I contribute so researchers get money? They should create their own companies and make money out of the patents they get.
  • INDACEA’s aim is that people who are currently living with a disease or people who could suffer from one in the future will have a better chance of receiving an accurate diagnosis and relevant treatment. The fact that researches benefit from this is a non issue – we all benefit. In other words, what we want is to finance projects that are of real interest to the population and not to support researchers economically for the sake of it.
  • Besides, not all research projects results in a patent. Even a ‘negative’ result in a research project is a positive one as it helps other researches know what was wrong and tells them which path not to follow in future.

Who benefits from this?

Who benefits from this?

You benefit from your contribution. 

 

Perhaps you don’t think this is true because you are healthy and you don’t know of anyone affected. Read the next question.

I’m healthy and I don’t know of anyone affected. What does this have to do with me?
  • Are you sure you don’t know of anyone suffering from allergies, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson, etc?
  • How often have you had an aspirin (or similar), paracetamol, etc? How often have you had X-ray taken? Have you ever had a blood test or been to the doctor?
  • If your answer to any of those questions is yes, you’ve already benefited from medical research. Where have those medicines and technologies come from? And the specialist knowledge that accompanies them? Think about it. Nowadays, flu is a mild disease that is cured after a few days in bed and some antibiotics, but people could actually die from it. Medical research has made of it a minor health problem for most of the population. Who says the same might not happen for cancer, HIV or a neurodegenerative disease?
  • Even if you are in perfect physical health and feel great now, medical research can help you stay this way into your advancing years; and if you, or a loved one, do become ill or develop a condition in the future, medical research carried out in the meanwhile will develop treatments to help. Also, the recent pandemics have shown that diseases can appear without warning and affect all of us.
Does it mean I’ll be cured soon?

We would love to answer “yes” to that and we work hard to make it possible, but you know we would be lying to you if we would answer “yes, you will be cured in a few months or in a year’s time”.

The only thing we can guarantee is that we will not tell you lies or build up false expectations. Not a single one.

Are you IND?

What’s an IND?

An IND is someone who supports INDACEA; someone who makes INDACEA possible by either making an economic contribution or by spreading the idea.

INDACEA wants to reward those who make an effort to get more funds to finance medical research. In order to support INDACEA all you have to do is register in the section “Support INDACEA”.

Apart from increasing the possibilities of finding a diagnosis or treatment unknown until now, being IND will give you additional benefits.

What do I get with my IND level?

INDACEA offers you something of great value. As explained in the section “About medical research projects”, INDACEA allows you to decide which projects you want to finance first (for each category) and you can do that by voting.

Depending on your involvement, you’ll receive points that will allow you to reach a certain level. The more points you have the higher your level will be and, therefore, the more advantages you’ll have.

Apart from deciding the projects you want to finance first, we also offer you the following advantages:

BeneficioNivel Necesario
Tu voto se multiplica por 20.Nivel 1
Tu voto se multiplica por 10.Nivel 2
Tu voto se multiplica por 3.Nivel 3
Votar qué hacer con las aportaciones realizadas si no se alcanza el mínimo solicitado por el proyecto.Nivel 1
Votar qué hacer con las aportaciones realizadas si no se alcanza el mínimo solicitado por el proyecto.Nivel 2
Recibir por correo electrónico notificaciones de transferencias/financiaciones que realice INDACEA en nombre de cualquier Grupo.Nivel 1
Recibir por correo electrónico notificaciones de transferencias/financiaciones que realice INDACEA en nombre de cualquier Grupo.Nivel 2
Visualizar las transferencias/financiaciones que realice INDACEA en nombre de cualquier Grupo.Nivel 3
Recibir por correo electrónico notificaciones de la evolución de los proyectos de investigación médica que INDACEA ha financiado.Nivel 1
Recibir por correo electrónico notificaciones de la evolución de los proyectos de investigación médica que INDACEA ha financiado.Nivel 2
Recibir por correo electrónico informes periódicos sobre noticias de relevancia para el/los grupo/s de interés.Nivel 1
Recibir por correo electrónico informes periódicos sobre noticias de relevancia para el/los grupo/s de interés.Nivel 2

We are working on many more ideas to be able to offer you more advantages for being IND. We’ll keep you updated!

Who can be IND?

Any person, company or organization registered in INDACEA and committed to raising funds and allocating the maximum amount possible to medical research.

As you can see, it says “registered in INDACEA and committed to…” So that means you can be IND without contributing with a minimum €5 Euros/month.

A series of IND levels have been created in order to reward the effort made by IND members. The bigger your effort is, the higher your level will be and, therefore, you’ll have more benefits.

What’s the IND level?

 It’s a way of rewarding those who make big efforts to provide more funds to finance medical research. The higher your “IND level” is, the more weight your contributions will have and the more benefits you’ll get.

We have many ideas which we are working on so that you can have even more advantages from being IND. We’ll keep you updated!

How is the IND level decided?

Unfortunately, medical research needs financial support. Nevertheless, if someone can’t afford to make financial contributions, there are other ways of helping INDACEA to get funds. Depending on the effort made, you will be given your  “IND level”. That level is obtained according to the following:

OpciónPuntosCondición
AportarAsignación automática al Nivel 2Por aportar el mínimo especificado.
Aportar de "Otra Forma"100Por marcar las casillas correspondientes al darte de alta.
Aportación.*30Cada mes que aportes más que la media.*
20Cada mes que aportes igual que la media.*
10Cada mes que aportes menos que la media. Siempre que tu aportación sea superior al mínimo especificado.*
Nº IND atraídos (Particulares).**30Cada mes que te mantengas como haber atraído más que la media.**
20Cada mes que te mantengas como haber atraído igual que la media.**
10Cada mes que te mantengas como haber atraído menos que la media. Siempre que hayas atraído, al menos, a una persona.**
Atraer a "Empresas Amigas"100Por cada "Empresa Amiga" de INDACEA que atraigas.
Ideas aportadas a INDACEA y llevadas a cabo.100Por sugerencia que aportes y se implemente.
100Por colaboración en la implementación de una idea.
Responder correctamente a preguntas de nuestras “Empresas Amigas” colaboradoras respecto a las ofertas visualizadas.5Por cada euro que repercuta en INDACEA derivado de tu actividad.
Responder a las encuestas de nuestras “Empresas Amigas”.5Por cada euro que repercuta en INDACEA derivado de tu actividad.

* For example, if, as an average, IND members contribute with €6 Euros/month and you contribute with €7 Euros/month, you’ll get 30 points each month.

** For example, imagine there are IND members who do not bring any new people and some who bring two or more people. Then, as an average, each IND has brought one person. Imagine you’ve brought two people to INDACEA (no matter the category they join), for each month this happens you’ll receive 30 points because you’ve brought more people than the average.

So bringing new IND members to the organization helps to upgrade my IND level. Do I need to look for people who will register in my categories?

No, the new IND members you bring can join the category of diseases they are interested in.

INDACEA wants to increase the possibilities of finding treatments and diagnosis for people affected. All diseases and pathologies are important and they all need funding for research.

Besides, we are totally convinced that the results obtained from researching certain diseases affects and benefit others (read this post). That’s why we reward you for bringing more IND members that support medical research, no matter the category of diseases they want to join.

How many points do I need to upgrade my level?

Here you have the table:

NivelPuntos desde Noviembre 2014Puntos desde Marzo 2015Puntos desde Septiembre 2015Puntos desde Enero 2016
Nivel 1700100013002000
Nivel 23005007001000
Nivel 3100100100100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Depending on the date as shown on this table, once you’ve achieved a specific level, you’ll keep it no matter the amount of points you have. This requirement might change in 2016.

Why do the minimum required points for each level change?

We thought it wasn’t fair for those who joined us from the very beginning to have to achieve the same amount of points as those who would join us later (who would do so with less effort and would have more advantages). That’s why the amount of points is smaller at the beginning and it rises little by little.

NivelPuntos desde Noviembre 2014Puntos desde Marzo 2015Puntos desde Septiembre 2015Puntos desde Enero 2016
Nivel 1700100013002000
Nivel 23005007001000
Nivel 3100100100100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Depending on the date as shown on this table, once you’ve achieved a specific level, you’ll keep it no matter the amount of points you have. This requirement might change in 2016.

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