These female crowdfunders are also creators, working hard to raise money for projects like pedestrian bridges, video games and even a “floating food forest.” Keep reading to find out more about what these innovative, inventive women business owners are working on!
Check out these 5 women-led crowdfunding campaigns:
1. A Story-Driven Puzzle Game (via Kickstarter)
The Business: It’s not every day that someone gets “the power to control the weather to guide herds of animals on a perilous journey.” Yet Axon Interactive, an Ontario-based software company, bestows just that — in its new game, Quench. Led by co-founder and president Tabby Rose, project manager and designer Kristina Neuman, the Quench team is hard at work to release this story-driven puzzle game in the fall of 2016.
The Money: Before May 20, Rose, Neuman and the folks at Axon Interactive need to raise at least $20,312 in order to be funded. The money will go toward completing and refining Quench ahead of its release date.
2. Baby-Boomer Inventors and Entrepreneurs (via Indiegogo)
The Business: Pegg Ainslie, Elizabeth Gibbs, Cindy McCormick and Karl McCormick are the quartet behind the I-Cord EZ Knitter, a product from their co-owned company, Retro Recreations. Their invention is designed to make knitting easier and faster for everyone. Made local to their Lansing, Mich., base of operations, the I-Cord EZ Knitter is the manifestation of their combined “desire to create a machine that was authentic, environmentally friendly, and empowered the local economy.”
The Money: A month remains on the Retro Recreations team’s campaign. In all, they hope to raise $25,000 — money that will be used toward production, patents, product liability insurance, marketing and other costs.
3. A Bridge That’s the First of its Kind (via Kickstarter)
The Business: Nancy Nowacek is a designer, artist and educator who is spearheading both the design and execution of what she calls the Citizen Bridge. Nowacek says the structure will connect Brooklyn to Governor’s Island in New York City, and “is designed to create an intimate experience of being with the water, rather than seeing it from the shore, above from a bridge, or in transport by boat or ferry.”
The Money: By or before May 20, Nowacek must raise at least $25,000. The funds she generates through this campaign will be used to continue development and testing of the bridge.
4. ‘Floating Food Forest’ (via Kickstarter)
The Business: “A floating food forest in New York City.” That’s the idea behind Swale, a project being orchestrated by artist Mary Mattingly. She works specifically in sculpted ecosystems erected in urban spaces. This particular effort consists of a barge populated with nothing but edible plants. She has the vessel itself but still needs help to bring the rest of her dream to life.
The Money: Mattingly presently has half the funds she needs to construct and fill her floating forest. She’s trying to raise the rest — $32,000 — through her campaign, and has until May 25 to reach that goal.
5. Keeping a Local Hangout Close to Home (via Indiegogo)
The Business: After five years in its downtown Hamilton, Canada, location, local hangout Homegrown Hamilton is being forced out of its current space. Co-owners Beth Chichakian and Mike Pattison are preparing for the next chapter in the hotspot’s life by creating a fresh new place to call home, and making it their own. “Homegrown is like a second home for many,” the duo says in their campaign — and both owners are dedicated to making sure that home’s doors stay open.
The Money: A month remains on Chichakian and Pattison’s campaign. By then, they hope to raise at least $250,000. The money will go toward renovations, including inspections, permits, wiring, flooring and more.
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