Monday, April 8, 2013

Aeroponics for all! Getting a cause funded.

Help Team "Awesome is What We Totally Are" 
with their PiggyBackr campaign, Aeroponics for All.

Today's post includes a request for your help.  Please read all the way through.

By now many of you have heard of Kickstarter or Indiegogo.  These are the websites that are allowing entrepreneurs to raise money to start a new venture.  The process is called crowd funding.  Rather than going to Sand Hill road and getting money from venture capitalists, these websites allow participants to take their plea directly to the people.  Widdakay and I met a developer who was struggling to get his watch project funded.  6 months later, he had a successful Kickstarter campaign that was able to raise over $10 million.  Needless to say, he isn't struggling with funding any more.

Last week, a new Kickstarter project popped up to build a small hydroponic garden, not unlike the system that Bix and Widdakay (and the "Awesome is What We Totally Are" team) teach about in their classes.  In the first week of this campaign, Click & Grow has raised over $250,000!  While congratulations are in order to them, it was a nice confirmation of the interest that hydroponic systems can generate.

The Click & Grow success is also very timely, because the "Awesome Team," was already busy preparing a crowd funding campaign of their own.  They aren't funding a start-up company, but they would like to raise some money to offset some of the expenses of teaching their aeroponics classes.  Fortunately, a new website is launching that will help people, including kids, raise money for a cause.  The new site is called PiggyBackr, and it is designed to help sports teams and student causes benefit from the same type of crowd funding that Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects enjoy for start-up companies.

The "Awesome Team" put together a campaign called Aeroponics for All.  Watch the brief video above to see how the "Awesome Team" is seeking donations to continue teaching their classes and research on aeroponics.

This is where you come in.  We would really appreciate your help in spreading the word about their campaign.  Please, post, tweet, email or tell your friends about Aeroponics for All.  We would love to spread their  message as far and wide as possible.

Of course, if you can spare any amount (even if not listed on their page) it could help them reach their goal.  And, if you know of some kids who have a fundraising project of their own, tell them to check out PiggyBackr.  You can see other PiggyBackr campaigns here.

Link: Aeroponics for All

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