10 Kickstarter Projects You Should Consider Backing

The manufacturing industry includes builders of all kinds, and is extensive and inclusive in its reach. Manufacturing is metal fabrication, electric transformer development, plastic injection molding, industrial automation, equipment distribution, and more. We turn ideas into reality by designing a prototype and seeing it through to delivery.

kickstarter.jpgWhen people have an idea, they come to manufacturers and rapid prototypers to walk away with something tangible. Unfortunately, this process is expensive. It requires funding which most people cannot obtain.

According to an article from mid-2014, venture capitalists (VC) accept up to 1% of the applications they receive. Another article suggests that over 99% of entrepreneurs should not bother applying for venture capital because of the microscopic likelihood that their project will be selected for funding.

This is why Kickstarter is such a phenomenal idea. It’s a way to fund projects that you, an average consumer, consider worthy of funding. The benefits to funding Kickstarter projects include (but are not limited to):

  • A warm and fuzzy feeling — helping the underdog
  • Low financial risk — understanding that if the project does not reach its funding goal, you won’t be charged
  • Using power for good — realizing that you have the opportunity to make an impact in a field that’s been overlooked by large VC firms
  • Prizes — enjoying the rewards that correspond with certain donation amounts determined by the project creators

I've compiled a list of Kickstarters I think are pretty cool — take a look:

Education

Codeybot: New Robot who Teaches Coding
    1. Fundraising Goal: $100,000 (Already achieved)
    2. Closing Date: May 13, 2016
Big Data for the Little Guy with Google’s Dataflow
    1. Fundraising Goal: $10,000
    2. Closing Date: April 19, 2016

Energy Savings

FlipFlic: Makes Window Blinds Smart
  • Fundraising Goal: $50,000
    1. Closing Date: May 13, 2016
roQar Smart Window, for Fresh Breezes and Utmost Energy Saving
    1. Fundraising Goal: $150,000
    2. Closing Date: May 5, 2016
The Green Driving Challenge
    1. Fundraising Goal: $15,000
    2. Closing Date: April 24, 2016

Business/Entrepreneurialism

BLT Bracelet for Filming and Vlogging
    1. Fundraising Goal: $6,407
    2. Closing Date: April 27, 2016
Busi Base
    1. Fundraising Goal: $150,000
    2. Closing Date: April 23, 2016

Lifestyle

Hemel - Classic Military Watches for the Modern Gentleman
    1. Fundraising Goal: $41,000
    2. Closing Date: April 27, 2016
Radio Controlled Zero Turn Lawn Mower
    1. Fundraising Goal: $100,000
    2. Closing Date: April 21, 2016
PurpleKit
    1. Fundraising Goal: $8,685
    2. Closing Date: April 20, 2016

Even with Kickstarter, achieving funding success can be difficult. What can you do to make sure that you’re on top of the latest trends and keep people interested in your products? Whatever your goal, seeing what other companies are doing is helpful.

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