Spots

"Spots was created to give students the opportunity to travel to new places and meet new people without having to break the bank! Users can find students who are offering their living space on demand at an affordable price. “Travel on a Whim!” is our tagline and we are constantly coming up with new ways to facilitate this mode of travel.

Sponsoring the Silk Road Project was immediately an attractive idea to the Spots team. While the platform is currently available only in the US, soon in Europe, and, who knows, perhaps one day in Asia as well, we saw this not as an opportunity to gain users in the areas covered during this expedition, but as a way for us to nurture the novelty of travelling on a whim. Yes, the trip has been in the making for years and plans were orchestrated months ago, but what The Silk Road Project Team envision embodies the heart of our mission statement. The notion that travel, above all else, can be spontaneous, farfetched, and rewarding is what drives our company. We know that our app is promoting this culture, and we are honored to dedicate ourselves to the success of this expedition".

 OUR SPONSORS 

Momentum World

"Momentum World creates international opportunities. Our aim is to increase young people’s understanding of global issues, and their access to international projects of all kinds, because we believe there is no better way to develop employability and promote intercultural understanding: two things which are fundamental to a better world for everyone.

 

The Silk Road Project team are embarking on an epic journey which will have an amazing and far reaching impact. The experience will launch them into their further careers by giving them a great story to tell, but the story itself will also inspire others in the telling. For Momentum World, it doesn't matter whether the journey is long or short, or the destination near or far: the important thing is having the motivation to set out in the first place. Then there is no looking back, and often the harder part is coming home and finding that you are not who you were and the people who stayed behind appear different - in that sense, perhaps all travel is time travel. We look forward to following the Silk Road story as it unfolds, and beyond".

National Geographic

National Geographic have helped launch the careers of many of the National Geographic Society’s, and our planet’s, most renowned explorers. "We are committed—as we have been for more than a century—to supporting new generations of archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, conservationists, ecologists, geographers, geologists, marine scientists, adventurers, storytellers, and pioneers."

National Geographic have chosen to sponsor the Silk Road Project under the Young Explorers Program, which helps young adventurers pursue exploration-related projects which are consistent with National Geographic's schemes, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT).

The North Face

The North Face have agreed a product partnership with the Silk Road Project.

"More than 40 years after its humble grand opening, The North Face delivers an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear. We brand pushes the boundaries of innovation so that you can push the boundaries of exploration. We remain deeply proud to be the first choice of the world's most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers.

There's little telling what the next 40 years hold for us. However, there is one bedrock certainty: The North Face will maintain an unwavering commitment to pushing the limits of design, so that you can push your limits outdoors. Never Stop Exploring."

OPINEL

Opinel have agreed a product partnership with the Silk Road Project.

Opinel is a family company which manufactures quality knives and tools in Chambery, Savoie, in France. They offer an extended range of pocket knives for crafts, sports and outdoor activities as well as kitchen and table knives, garden tools and more.

BUFF HEADWEAR

BUFF headwear are product partners with the Silk Road Project.

"Buff® headwear has become popular with millions of outdoor enthusiasts who benefit from its versatility: the garment has multiple uses and can be worn as a scarf, bandana, headband, hat, facemask or wristband. Put simply: Buff® headwear is uniquely versatile, designed to achieve a high level of comfort and protection from the elements, WITH FUN!"

POLAROID

Polaroid have agreed a product partnership with the Silk Road Project.

"When Dr. Edwin Land, the founder of Polaroid, introduced the world to the groundbreaking invention of instant photography in 1943, the innovative process was coined the "Magic of Instant." Quite literally it was magic as no one had ever seen an image magically develop just moments after a photograph was taken.  At Polaroid, we believe that the magic of instant photography is preserved even after a photo fully develops because of the story behind it; the story that may be initially hidden to the viewer but was instrumental to the photographer and the creation of the photo."

Telestial International

Telestial have agreed to sponsor the Silk Road Project team. On a trip covering 16 countries, through some of the most remote parts of Europe, Central Asia and China, it is essential to have a reliable international sim card, with strong coverage and flexible offers. Our experience with Telestial has been exactly that: invaluable.