A Ukrainian-American startup has created a smartmount for hands-off control of smartphones, and crowdfunded $125,000 on Kickstarter to develop it, while pitching for only $40,000.
Called QLYX, the company is developing a contraption that sticks to any surface, and can itself hold a smartphone with a magnet, allowing users hands-off control of the apps on their device.
The funding will be used to finance Ugears’ new model Hurdy-Gurdy, which is presented as “the world’s first mechanical musical model for self-assembly and play.” In addition, the backers have supported the manufacturing of two other Ugears’ models – a date navigator and treasure box.
Senstone, a Ukrainian-designed AI-powered wearable voice recorder, reached its fundraising goal of $50,000 just 36 hours after the launch of its campaign on Kickstarter. It has even been listed among the top 20 most popular projects in all categories.
As of today, Senstone has attracted nearly $63,000 from 677 backers.
BrainBasket Foundation, a Ukrainian NGO dedicated to IT education, has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with a flexible goal to raise $50,000 for its national education program Technology Nation in two months.
“We want to demonstrate that Ukraine and its potential in IT is a global matter, as the future developments created by our graduates can benefit anyone in the world,” BrainBasket’s PR manager Andrii Petrunia told Ukraine Digital News.
Finnish-Ukrainian startup crashes Indiegogo’s payment system to make “first-ever crowd-developed computer”
Eve-Tech, a Finnish startup co-founded by a Ukrainian-born entrepreneur, has attracted more than $1.2 million on Indiegogo for its “first-ever crowd-developed computer,” far above its modest crowdfunding goal of $75,000.
The crowdfunding activity was so intense that it crashed the Indiegogo payment processing backend, said Eve-Tech to its thousands of backers: “That’s why some of you had troubles making payment.”
This morning Sence, “the first wearable technology capable of accurately tracking and logging emotional states so you can take action”, had attracted $126,261 from 716 Kickstarter backers – far above its crowdfunding goal of $100,000.
Developed by Planexta, a startup with Ukrainian roots, Sence reflects “the evolution of mindfulness and productivity,” tracking emotions with ECG signals.
Ukrainian startup Futo overreaches crowdfunding target to design “the world’s most ultimate air mattress”
Futo, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based startup offering a comfortable twin XL-size mattress, has reached its crowdfunding goal of $15,000 within the first 22 hours after the launch at Kickstarter.
As of October 11, the startup had attracted $39,435 from 564 backers.
The mattress claims to take only 20 seconds to inflate. All you need to do is to open the mattress and catch the air around you “with a few simple movements.”
Robo Wunderkind, a robotics startup with Ukrainian and Kazakhstani roots, raises $500,000 from European investors
Last week Robo Wunderkind, whose robot aims to provide kids with an easy way to learn coding and robotics basics, secured $500,000 from an international consortium of investors.
The round was led by Warsaw-headquartered Arkley VC with participation from angel investor Juergen Habichler as well as Austria Wirtschaftsservice, an Austrian federal development and financing bank for the promotion and financing of companies.
A virtual reality documentary about the Ukrainian Chernobyl exclusion zone using 360-degree video technology has been fully funded on Kickstarter. The documentary’s authors received support from over 300 backers to the tune of over 34,000 euro (almost $39,000).
The Kickstarter campaign for Chornobyl360 was launched on April 26, 2016, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster at the power station near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv (Chornobyl is the Ukrainian spelling of the Russian Chernobyl).
Last week a Pro.Svit, a non-profit initiative for innovative education in Ukraine, launched an online platform for teachers to fund educational projects. Christened ‘Go Funded,’ the site aims to support grassroots initiatives in education.
For the last two years, teachers have been developing a number of projects as part of Pro.Svit teaching programs. Crowdfunding seemed a relevant approach for some of these initiatives.