App Overview

App Overview

FirstRoot is the world’s first platform for collaborative financial decision making in schools.

With the FirstRoot app, students work together to invest real money on projects that they create.

FirstRoot’s app follows the principles of Participatory Budgeting, a method of democratic financial decision making endorsed by the United Nations and in use all over the world.

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