Colited optimizes worldwide collaboration with Podio

Streetfootballworld’s purpose is to strengthen and develop young and disadvantaged people through football while supporting a worldwide network of 120 organizations, bringing together governmental, private and football industry partners. Founded in 2002, the non-profit is headquartered in Berlin and has offices in the USA, Colombia, Brazil and South Africa.

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Starting point

The search for the right tools to manage the increased demand of internal collaboration and network communication began in 2015. The solution streetfootballworld looked for needed to cover various fields such as social intranet, customer relationship management, project management and knowledge management. One of the aims of the project was to replace the existing CRM system and enable mobile access, making communication more transparent and task management effective and efficient.

Jürgen Griesbeck

“In order to fulfill our mission we need to reinforce the presence of streetfootballworld and position it even more convincingly and transparently. The basis for this is a modern platform for smooth collaboration and access to all necessary information, at all times”

Jürgen Griesbeck, CEO & Founder of streetfootballworld.


After a short selection process, Podio was chosen. Citrix Podio provides a centralized platform for various areas of application, such as project management, customer relationship management, knowledge management and collaboration. Podio ensures that all parties are kept informed about tasks, deadlines and goals on a wide range of electronic devices. Employees thus keep an overview, communicate more transparently and organize their daily work through the platform, thereby significantly reducing the volume of internal e-mails.

“Podio’s intuitive user interface and its multiple uses fascinated us from the very beginning. We were particularly interested in a cloud solution which could be operated via any web browser and the corresponding apps, and which did not require too much administration”, says Maik Richter, IT Manager and member of the Podio project team.

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As a long-standing Podio partner, Colited was entrusted with the initial consultation, the conception and implementation of the project and the staff training. Based on the specific requirements of streetfootballworld, the first workshops held were used to define how the overall project could be implemented with Podio. All the processes and requirements of the different departments were examined and the exact structure of the new collaboration solution was designed. The flexible project structure chosen for implementation meant that, detailed questions were resolved quickly, and that Podio was adapted to the specific requirements of streetfootballworld. In addition, Podio was integrated into existing IT solutions and expanded through partner solutions. Since streetfootballworld employees are located throughout the world, all training courses were carried out online with the help of GoToMeeting. With the help of Podio, streetfootballworld now works throughout six continents and helps empower hundreds of children everyday.