GitHub launches GitHub Sponsors programme from zero to 30+ countries in a few clicks on Connect

GitHub Sponsors is an ambitious project to allow the developer community
to financially support the people around the world who design, build and
maintain the open source projects they depend on, directly on GitHub.

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GitHub wanted to create a compliant and seamless onboarding experience that is accessible to the developer community in various languages around the world. Once onboarded, anyone on the Sponsors platform can effortlessly sponsor a developer contributing to an open source project -- and GitHub can match it up to $5000 per developer.


GitHub chose Stripe’s Connect to get the Sponsors platform off the ground quickly and pay out developers around the world. GitHub was able to build fully localised onboarding flows for users looking to join from anywhere in the world directly from the Stripe dashboard.


Connect reduced the onboarding process from a nine-step, weeklong process to a two-minute flow. GitHub Sponsors went from an idea to a functioning platform in just 2 months.

Leveraging the power of Stripe's global reach

Stripe’s Global Payments and Treasury Network (GPTN) enables GitHub Sponsors to move money quickly, reliably and programmatically anywhere in the world. That means taking payments from developers, paying out to other developers, and managing balances across a broad set of currencies and countries. For developers in Poland who sign up to receive donations, the flow they see will be fully localised: it’s in Polish and all the fields are what Polish developers would expect to see when entering their Polish bank details. By stitching together the world’s financial rails into a single platform, we’re trying to democratise access to them for developers and businesses around the world, and allowing companies like GitHub to move money further, faster.

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