Columbus Crowdfunding Roundup – January 2017

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Two campaigns kick off crowdfunding in 2017 on a positive note. Offering creative solutions for common problems, a gripping mat has the potential to be a mechanic’s best friend and switches controlling the wrong outlet be gone. Both have already reached their goals – read on to find out how to get in on the action.

The Grypmat | The World’s Most Versatile Tool Mat

F16 mechanic Tom Burden was tired of tools sliding off his aircraft so he created a solution – the Grypmat. The flexible, non-slip tool tray forms to a variety of worksurfaces to keep tools organized, even at extreme angles. With an extreme grip and easy-to-clean surface, Grypmat is turning to crowdfunding to launch small, medium and large versions of its work tray. Pre-purchase pledges will help to maximize orders and lower the price per piece. Funds will also fuel the creation of new products.

switchflip: flip your switch-controlled outlets

With three simple steps, the switch that controls the wrong power outlet can control the right power outlet. With no wiring or installation, the switchflip transmitter “sends a wireless signal to all receivers connected to it telling them to turn on as well.” After two years of development, the switchflip is taking to crowdfunding for pre-sales.

Failed or Funded – December 2016 

Lemurlock Lockable Bike Lights – Unsuccessful – $5,121 raised / $39,000 requested

Keep J Hot Fish Open -Unsuccessful – $810 raised / $8,000 requested

1487 Brewery -Unsuccessful – $4,425 raised / $20,000 requested

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Susan is the lead staff writer for TheMetropreneur.com and contributor on ColumbusUnderground.com covering small businesses and entrepreneurs in Central Ohio. She also manages the social media for the publications. Susan holds a degree in Communication with a minor in Professional Writing from The Ohio State University. She sits on the board of the Central Ohio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and loves coffee, whiskey, cooking and spending time with friends and family.