Tagged: science

Great Parents Academy Launches Rockethub Campaign to Increase STEM Workers in U.S.

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By 2018, the United States is expected to have 2.4 million unfilled jobs within the Science, Technologies, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. To help curtail these numbers, on Tuesday (October 28th), Great Parents Academy announced the launch of a RocketHub crowdfunding campaign to provide low-income students across the country with the company’s flagship product, GPALOVEMATH™. In an effort to increase math scores and… Read More

The Madawaska Highlands Observatory Equity Crowdfunds on Optimized Capital Markets

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The Madawaska Highlands Observatory Corp. has launched its initial crowd offering on Optimized Capital Markets . The company wants to be a “National Canadian Destination” with a truly innovative and unique offering in North America. It will be situated in the Madawaska Highlands of Ontario, 1.5 hours west of Ottawa and 3.5 hours from Toronto and… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Focus Fusion, Gramofon & LogmeOnce

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This week we definitely have a tech angle going on for our Crowdfunding Mailbox.   But there are a lot of incredibly cool crowdfunding campaigns focusing on tech and science these days and as the ecosystem evolves I expect to see more.  Think about it – the maker space has changed so dramatically.  Previously the… Read More

UC-Boulder Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For “Swarming” Robots

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Kicking off one of its new crowdfunding campaigns, University of Colorado at Boulder announced it is seeking $10k in order to build 1,000 small robots called Droplets. The robots measure the distance and orientation of neighboring robots, allowing for complete pattern formation and self-assembly experiments. Each Droplet has an awareness of any other robots near… Read More

Scientists Use Crowdfunding To Communicate With Spacecraft ISEE-3

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Aiming to bring a forgotten space probe back to life, masterminds of the Orbiter Image Recovery project Dennis Wingo and Keith Cowing have launched a new crowdfunding project on RocketHub called ISEE-3 Reboot Project. Skycorp, along with Space College and SpaceRef are asking investors to donate $125,000 so they can bring back the space probe… Read More

Omega3Beef Crowdfunding To Transform The Beef Industry With A Healthier Product

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If you live in the United States and you’re passionate about food, chances are you’ve had some exposure to mounting concerns about the links between poor health and red meat consumption. For me personally, the documentary Forks Over Knives was my first exposure to the types of research that are increasingly making people think twice before… Read More

Private Mission to Mars is Short of Goal on Indiegogo

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Crowdfunding on Indiegogo Mars One, which hopes to be the first private mission to Mars, is set to close at the end of the day short of hitting their $400,000 goal.  The campaign is a flexible funding project so all funds will be received by the organizers regardless of the amount contributed.  While not quite… Read More

uBiome Crowdfunded Over $350,000 on Indiegogo, Now They are Raising Capital on AngelList

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Worlds “first citizen science project to sequence the human micro biome” – uBiome – raised $351,000 on Indiegogo in one of the largest “citizen science” crowdfunding campaigns ever.  The campaign ran from November 16, 2012 to February 18, 2013 – closing almost one year ago.  uBiome sent microbiome kits to backers where they could  sample… Read More

Penn State Team Taps RocketHub To Crowdfund Lunar Mission, Seeks Google Lunar XPRIZE

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The United States, The Soviet Union, China and… Penn State University? If one crowdfunding campaign can find funding, the above statement might become the list of entities that have made it to the moon. Only three of them would have had a standing army. (Nittany Lion football fans don’t count.) A RocketHub campaign is seeking… Read More

Mars Initiative Raises Funds for Human Mission to Mars

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There have been multiple crowdfunding initiatives looking to raise funds for space based technologies or ventures.  From new propulsion techniques to incredible space telescopes, crowdfunding is being used to finance the exploration of space.  There have been multiple crowdfunding campaigns focused on the red-planet of Mars. The Mars Initiative (MI) is a non-profit, 501(c)3, organization… Read More

Want to Launch a Satellite into Space Powered by Water? Check Out this Kickstarter Campaign.

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This is one of the reasons I love crowdfunding.  How cool would it be to help launch a satellite into deep space that is powered by the sun and propelled by water? The CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster or CAT is a space project crowdfunding on Kickstarter now.  They set a funding goal of raising $50,000 but they… Read More

Students Want to Crowdfund a Mission to Mars

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A team of university students have indicated they are evaluating the options and technologies to build and launch a small spacecraft to Mars. The vehicle would carry a unique payload: a two-inch-diameter titanium sphere containing perhaps millions of digital photos, videos, audio files, and text messages from people all over the world. The students are proposing to… Read More

NASA, Planetary Resources Team Up On Contest To Track Near-Earth Objects

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Planetary Resources famously raised over $1.5 million for the ARKYD satellite on Kickstarter. The project plans to eventually launch a publicly-accessible space telescope that will allow anyone to take a picture from space. The campaign hit a handful of stretch goals after raising well over their stated $850,000 goal. The third stretch goal hit was… Read More

Satellites Crowdfunded On Kickstarter Sent Into Space From International Space Station

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Koichi Wakata released 3 small satellites from the Japanese Robotic Arm today. Pretty exciting to see live. pic.twitter.com/6shSmyqtXi — Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) November 19, 2013 Kickstarter has made it to space. In particular, three small satellites were launched into space from the International Space Station yesterday. The satellites were a product of the Kickstarter campaign… Read More

#Crowdfunding News Roundup: November 11, 2013

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PCMag | Can Crowdfunding Give the Private Space Race a Boost? PCMag takes a look at the private space race in the context of a company called the LiftPort Group. LiftPort raised over $110,000 on Kickstarter to build a prototype with an eye toward building a fully-functional space elevator in the future. Their goal was… Read More

Dino Pet Passes Cruises Past Crowdfunding Goal, Stretch Goals Are Set

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Yonder Biology launched their glowing Dino Pet on Kickstarter a little over two weeks ago hoping to raise $50,000 for their novel bio-luminescent pet.  Now the crowdfunding campaign stands at over $120,000 raised with two weeks remaining in their project. The project organizers have leveraged biology – in the form of dinoflagellates which is a… Read More

Two Crowdfunding Campaigns To Bring Bioluminescence To Your Home

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Two campaigns crowdfunding now aim to fund projects that use bioluminescent microbes to light the home. One is called the Biobulb, and it is seeking $15,000 on RocketHub. Three Wisconsin University undergraduate students launched the project as part of the Frontier Fellows program at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. At a reward level of $150,… Read More

Kickstarter Project Promises To Send Backers To The Moon… Sort Of

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Could Kickstarter play a major role in kicking off the “personal interplanetary space age?” You could make a coherent argument that it already has, especially considering the visibility garnered by the recently funded ARKYD space telescope project. However, a lesser known predecessor of the ARKYD is the KickSat, which is marching toward a goal of… Read More

ARKYD Space Telescope Closes Crowdfunding, Zooms Past Original Goal, Hits $1.5 Million Stretch

Live Broadcast of ARKYD Crowdfunding

Now in the Top 25 Kickstarter Campaigns Ever. The ARKYD Space Telescope which crowdfunded an amazing $325,000 on their first day, has closed their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter with well over their initial $1,000,000 target.  The project called “the first space telescope for everyone” had set a series of stretch goals but fell short on… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Robotics with mOwayduino, Open Wheel Car Racing, Forge of Honor, Chatty Kidz

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Another week of discovery in our Crowdfund Insider mailbox.  Most of the time the media covers only high profile campaigns.  Sure we cover them too, but we recognize there are hundreds of campaigns which have enormous potential which get passed by for coverage.  Most people do not have the time to spend hours cruising the… Read More