Columbus Crowdfunding Roundup – August 2014 Edition

From food to fun to personal protection, August brings a new round of crowdfunding campaigns to Columbus. Keep reading to learn more about these five promising projects.

Garage Beacon – Control your garage door with your phone.

Garage Beacon takes your garage door opener and puts it on your phone. A bluetooth connection between your smart phone and the garage door allows for automatic opening when you return home. The app also features individual door control for garages with multiple doors. To mitigate risk, 1,000 Garage Beacon units and the iOS app are ready to go – a successful campaign will add an Android version.

Laughlin’s Bakery

A home-based business ready to take the leap to brick-and-mortar, Baker Jonas Laughlin is raising funds for a neighborhood gem of a bakery. With a full menu of delectables from cakes to pastries and muffins and cookies, Laughlin is raising funds for commercial baking equipment and locating/renovating the perfect space, keeping an eye on some storefronts in Victorian Village and Italian Village.

Design Outreach Hundred Pump Project

Design Outreach won the Central Ohio Social Entrepreneur of the year award earlier this year in the non-profit category, and has launched a new initiative to continue their mission of delivering life-transforming solutions for poor and under-served communities. Their Hundred Pump Project will manufacture 100 LifePumps in 100 African villages. The group has set up a number of campaigns to help villages in different countries across the continent.

Flimsee – The most fun you’ve ever had playing a lawn game.

Flimsee has been on the market since 2009, but the makers of the lawn game are crowdfunding for a revamp that will make the game more compact, safer to use and retail-friendly. The company has partnered with Trident Design (who know a thing or two about successful crowdfunding campaigns) for the redesign. Funds will be used for production and promotion of the new design.

The Defender: Smart Personal Protection

Columbus Marketer Ryan McManus is advocating for The Defender, a new personal protection system. With the push of a button, the all-in-one device takes a photo of an attacker, sets off an alarm and disrupts the incident. The Defender connects to an iOS or Android app, which sends the picture, GPS location and other user authorized information to a 24/7 monitoring service. Funds will go to tooling, manufacturing and product packaging design.

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