Columbus Crowdfunding Roundup – September 2016

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It’s a busy month for Columbus crowdfunding. A couple of names make their second appearance on our monthly roundups, while another startup takes a foray into equity crowdfunding. There’s bacon, clothing, a coffee mug and a strap for hunters. You can also help students rate their internship and youth access strength and conditioning classes. Keep reading for the rundown on each.

Capital City Youth Strength

Located in Weiland Park, Capital City Youth Strength & Conditioning opened with a mission to “engage urban youth in physical activity, fostering a supportive and safe environment to increase health and resiliency while building relationships that encourage lifelong commitment to health, wellness and community.” Campaign funds will support free and reduced-cost classes to those ages 7 – 17.

Turtlewise, Inc.

Advice-centric app Turtlewise is headed the equity route for its crowdfunding venture. The app that allows experts to share their views and individuals to seek advice outside their networks is aiming big hoping to net two million users by 2020. Dollars will help Turtlewise grow and expand its network.

Wise Owl Coffee Mug

Wise Owl Coffee Mug takes the iconic American-made Mason Jar and turns it into a vehicle for your morning coffee. Jar plus vacuum insulated container means coffee that stays hot (or cold) for up to two hours. Wise Owl is raising funds for its first run which it will be made entirely in the U.S.

Eagle3 Lifeline for Hunters | Designed for Hunter Safety

Hunter safety is at the center of the Eagle3. This specially-designed strap serves three distinct purposes for a hunter – a safety for climbing tree stand ladders, a strap for staying fastened to a tree, and a drag for your hunting prize. Eagle3 is raising funds for industrial sewing machines for the strap to be handmade by founder Bob Ballard.

Amp: iPad’s Ultimate Portable Theater Experience

Amp is back for another shot at crowdfunding. Pop your iPad into this gadget for a home theater quality sound experience on the go. The speaker case and stand is perfect for travel, the outdoors, or just binge watching at home. A fit for the iPad Air and 9.7″ iPad Pro, pre-order the Amp through their Indiegogo campaign.

InternWire.com: Rate. Discover. Intern.

Built for interns by interns, InternWire.com aims to be the RateMyProfessor.com of internships. The platform will allow students to rate and provide a detailed description of their experience to help other interns make career decisions, while also allowing potential employers to post videos about their opportunities. InternWire.com will be free to students, and is raising money to get out of website-building debt before launch.

Sunshine & Bravado: ethical clothing collection

The designs are ready, but Sunshine & Bravado is raising funds to bring their ethical clothing line to life. Fashion designer and New York transplant Nikki Dee focused on designs to fit a wide range of body types for her first collection that will use organic fabrics and natural dyes. All garments will also be made in the U.S. Funds will go towards tasks like pattern making, fabrics, legal necessities to get things up and running and an e-commerce build out.

1803 Bacon

Another business delves back in to crowdfunding. 1803 Bacon looks to spread its porky goodness by raising funds to expand into wholesale production. The bacon purveyors need more equipment to bring their 30 plus varieties of the breakfast (or really, anytime) staple to more mouths in Ohio.

Failed or Funded – August 2016

roll: bicycle company – Funded: $50,005 raised / $40,000 requested

Brokeman’s Running Cooperative – Failed: $515 raised / $60,000 requested

My Story Dice – Failed: $207 raised / $1,500 requested

FORM5 Prosthetics – Failed: $652 raised / $1,900 requested

Bexford Brewers – Failed: $350 raised / $50,000 requested