Columbus Crowdfunding Roundup – May 2014 Edition

Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly integral part of starting or expanding a business. The first Monday of each month we’ll list a roundup of the crowdfunding campaigns happening in Columbus. Click on the links below to learn more about the innovative ideas and businesses local residents are creating.


Just Organic Tea – Loose Leaf Tea with a Conscience – Just Organic Tea creates high-quality hand-blended teas with the mantra love your neighbor, love your planet, love your tea. With their USDA certified organic blends perfected, the company wants to take the next steps to bulk production which will allow them to meet a higher demand and lower prices.

Imbue // Creative Tool – An all-in-one tool for creatives on the go, Imbue morphs a ruler, t-square, triangle and compass into one 6.75 inch piece of metal. The tool can be attached to almost any sketchpad or notebook with a bookmark and will also be manufactured in Columbus.

SoundVerters: Enhancing the Flat Screen TV’s sound Worldwide – SoundVerters attaches to the bottom of a television to better project the sound of down-firing speakers on flat screen TVs. The no-power-required device enhances sound while actually allowing a user to turn down the volume on their set. Funds will allow the product to go to production.

The HistOrigin Project – Combining history and technology, the HistOrigin Project is a smart phone and tablet app that relays founding facts of a town as you pass through on your roadtrip. The founders have completed information for a number of towns in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, and will use the funds to hire researchers, writers, editors and database management staff that will create content for other states to add to the HistOrigin database.


Honest Concoctions: Natural Products, Modern Man – Honest concoctions supplies a line of all-natural products like  beard oils, beard shampoo, pomade and deodorant. Handcrafted in Columbus, the company is looking to sharpen their image and will use the funds to purchase a high-quality printer to make labels that will reflect their high-quality product.

The Passport Protector – Born of a nightmare scenario of being denied boarding a flight because of passport wear and tear, the Passport Protector creates a hard, protective and waterproof case that ensures world travel. With the design finalized, campaign funds will go towards manufacturing and launching the product.

Kidz Kneads – Kidz Kneads will provide a therapeutic space for expectant mothers and infants through a variety of services including pregnancy massage, labor massage and infant massage. Funds will open the doors and help the founders create the unique space.

Robert Mason Rebuild – Robert Mason was forced to close his pop-up shop after a devastating fire last month wiped out the store and inventory. Vowing to find a new space in Columbus and come back better than ever, money earned will help put the pieces back together.

onesixfive – handmade jewelry – Onesixfive produces a line of delicate handmade metal jewelry. The founding duo has been DIY from the start, but is looking to raise funds to cover PR costs so they can get back to what they love .

See some great campaigns that are missing? To submit your campaign for our monthly roundup, email [email protected].