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Devin D. Thorpe

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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Indiegogo Campaign Donates Throwable Microphones to Schools

Microphones could soon be getting tossed around classrooms in low-income schools thanks to a new Indiegogo campaign. Peeq is currently holding a campaign to raise money for their new product, a $150 throwable microphone designed for use in the classroom. For every 15 contributions they receive at the $10 contribution level – and every 30 contributions they receive of $150 or more – they will donate one Qball system to a school in need.

At the heart of the squishy foam Qball lies a wireless microphone that operates at a range of up to 900 feet and is immune to interference from WiFi, Bluetooth and FM-based microphones. While the Qball adds all sorts of interactivity to the classroom, it contributes more than just a bit of fun to the learning experience. “The average student misses a third of what a teacher says in any given day,” says Shane Cox, CEO of Peeq, the maker of the Qball. “By simply adding a wireless microphone and speakers to that classroom, they’ve seen a 10% improvement in test scores across every subject. And what’s even more impressive – they’ve seen a 40% decrease in the number of students going into special ed.”

The Qball package includes a wireless receiver with a standard 3.5mm cable that will plug into anything from desktop computer speakers to a stereo sound system. The microphone includes a battery that will last up to eight hours and automatically mutes itself when the ball is in motion. The microphone can also be removed from the ball and worn around the neck as a presenter microphone.

“Our primary goal is to improve the learning experience in classrooms across the country,” says Cox. “We’ve seen faces light up on students of all ages when they get their hands on a Qball. By offering our Indiegogo supporters the option to donate Qballs to local schools, we are making it possible for students to get their hands on this technology no matter where they live.”

The Indiegogo campaign for the Qball has a goal of $30,000 by October 13.

For more information, visit peeq.us, or contact the creator above.

50,000 Snack Bags to Feed Hungry Kids; Made From Rescued Fruit

Fruits of Sherbrooke launches Project: Fruit Stars – Kickstarter Campaign; E4C partnership will bring rescued fruit into high-needs schools.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA, Sept. 3, 2015 – To help feed hungry kids, not-for-profit society Fruits of Sherbrooke launched Project: Fruit Stars in partnership with E4C, a non-profit human services charitable organization. Project: Fruit Stars’ goal is to raise $17,000CAD through the online crowd-funding platform Kickstarter.com, running until September 17, 2015. Funds will go towards commercial equipment, kitchen supplies and packaging materials to produce 50,000 apple snack bags, which will be donated to E4C’s School Nutrition Program.

According to the Social Planning Council’s 2015 Poverty Profile, 1 in 5 children in Edmonton live in poverty and about 40% of the people served by Edmonton’s Food Bank in a typical month are children and youth under the age of 18.

The School Nutrition Program provides a nutritious mid-morning snack or breakfast each school day to over 5,600 students in 23 high-needs schools.

“E4C’s School Nutrition Program helps to lessen the stress on families, as parents know that their children will receive something to eat in the morning even when they miss breakfast. It helps children to concentrate and learn more effectively; students look forward to the snack everyday.” – Principal, E4C Partner School Edmonton based Fruits of Sherbrooke last year diverted 15,000kg of locally grown rescued apples to food programs throughout the city. By partnering with E4C, unwanted apples can now go to kids in need instead of into landfills.

“Feeding the hungry with rescued local fruit has always been our goal. The funds raised through Kickstarter.com will finally make it possible to feed those who need it the most. We are very fortunate to partner with E4C on Project: Fruit Stars, nurturing our community together and building better futures for everyone,” said Christina Piecha, President, Fruits of Sherbrooke.

To pledge a donation for Project: Fruit Stars, go to www.Kickstarter.com.

Fruits of Sherbrooke was established in 2010 and uses locally grown fruit that is not being used by the tree owner to make delicious jams, jellies and condiments. Products contain 60% – 100% rescued fruit and are sold at local farmer’s markets and select retail locations.

For more than 40 years, E4C has served the Edmonton community with a mission to limit, alleviate and ultimately eliminate poverty through various programs, initiatives and community partnerships.

SOURCES:

Kickstarter Campaign – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1763700632/project-fruit-stars-growing-local-feeding-local

Fruits of Sherbrooke – http://www.fruitsofsherbrooke.ca/

E4C – http://e4calberta.org/

Social Planning Council – http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/

Food Day and Amp Your Good Announce the REAL Food Drive Campaign

Designed to raise healthier food to help those facing hunger

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Food Day and Amp Your Good have teamed up to disrupt how food drives work – with the goal of having them raise healthier food. There are millions of traditional food drives each year supported by tens of millions of people. These drives support more than 90,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the United States and the 50 million food insecure people they help – mostly with non-perishable food.

Why? Because as a practical matter, the first place donated food goes to is a collection box. Perishable, healthy food donations would spoil before they made it from the box to a pantry or soup kitchen.

Amp Your Good’s technology replaces the traditional food drive physical collection model with an online giving model called Crowd-Feeding. It enables people to donate perishable food – fruits and vegetables, whole meals and other healthy food items – instead of non-perishable food items. Drives can even raise specific food items such as organic food and locally grown produce.

It provides a means of getting healthier food to food insecure people who typically lack access to healthy food and correspondingly have high rates of diet related conditions and diseases – obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Feeding America cites that “buying cheap, unhealthy food” as the #1 coping mechanism for people struggling with hunger.

The campaign will run this fall as a Food Day 2015 project from September 15, 2015 to November 25, 2015 with Food Day (October 24) right in the middle. Dozens of organizations have already signed onto the campaign, including Curbing Hunger, the National Association of Health and Fitness, The National Association of Nutrition Professionals, Change Food and Food Tank. Organizations can visit www.RealFoodDrive.org to find out more about the campaign.

“We advocate for everyone to eat more Real Food. Asking people to donate Real Food to help those facing hunger is a natural for us and Amp Your Good’s Crowd-Feeding platform makes that possible,” according to Lilia Smelkova, campaign manager of Food Day. “We couldn’t be more excited about this first of its kind campaign.”

The campaign includes the first ever organic only food drives as well as food drives designed to raise fruits and vegetables and reduce food waste at the same time.

“Our mission is simple,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO of Amp Your Good. “We want toturn the billions of canned goods donated to traditional food drives each year into REAL food – apples, oranges, sweet potatoes, whole meals and other healthy food.”

About Amp Your Good

Amp Your Good’s technology replaces the traditional food drive physical collection model with an online giving model called Crowd-Feeding.. Similar to crowd-funding site like Kickstarter, organizations use Amp’s platform to host their online food drive campaign. When people participate, rather than donate money (as they would on a crowd-funding site), they purchase food at Amp’s site to donate to the drive they want to support. When the drive is over, Amp delivers all of the food directly to the organization the drive is supporting. There’s no collection boxes and no worries about food spoiling. Due to this, organizations can raise perishable, healthier food instead of canned goods. Visit AmpYourGood.com

About Food Day

Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Food Day, created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life. Food Day takes place annually on October 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies.

History Has Been Made As Crowdboarders, The World’s First Social Investing Network Launches Equity + For Texans With Dallas Based Brown Lane Studios

DALLAS, TX (PRWEB) SEPT 1, 2015 – For the first time ever, Texas residents have the opportunity to invest in Texas based private companies thanks to recent regulatory changes introduced in November of 2014.

CrowdBoarders was the First Dallas based Crowdfunding Portal approved by the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB).

Today, CrowdBoarders is proud to release the Brown Lane Studios CrowdBoard which is now open and accepting public funding in return for private equity.

In response to explosive growth over the last 2 years, J. Michael Brown, the sole owner of the futuristic studio that offers the Dallas creative community an exciting Eco-system of private studios, commercial studios, media services and events of all kinds “ under one roof” is now seeking $300,000 in exchange for 5% equity in the company.

The offering consists of 9 different levels of public investment ranging from $20-$5000. The Capital raised will be used to carry out the company’s continuing expansion in direct response to ever increasing local market demands for this unique facility and services.

Furthermore, Mr. Brown encourages and invites any potential investors to come and enjoy a studio tour and see this amazing facility for themselves at 1499 Regal Row, Suite 505 in Dallas.

Early investors will receive complimentary studios services dependent on their investment level in addition to their shares (Equity+) as a clear intention of the company’s desire to reward any members of the Texas public that share their exciting vision for Dallas and the Industry.

To view the CrowdBoard live: https://crowdboarders.com/brown-lane-studios

CrowdBoarders www.crowdboarders.com is a New Generation Social Investing Network which connects worldwide communities of Districts with worldwide content on CrowdBoards based in Dallas and currently offering equity crowdfunding in Texas companies to all Texans.

Interested Parties in Brown Lane please visit: http://www.brownlanestudios.com/invest

Lake Mary Cheesecake Company Launches Reg A+ Test The Waters Mini IPO!

Award-Winning Manufacturer Is Developing The First State-Of-The-Art, Certified Gluten-Free Facility  For Producing Cheesecakes Without Gluten

Altamonte Springs, Florida, August 31, 2015 – Michel Lefebvre, CEO of Lake Mary Cheesecake Company (LMCC) is a leading manufacturer of New York Style Cheesecake for upscale restaurants, theme parks, hotels and cruise lines. Ten years ago, when an associate was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance, he did extensive research into safe practices for creating products without gluten. According to Madavor Media’s Gluten-Free Living, “the gluten-free industry is expected to grow to $16.5 billion by 2016.” With LMCC’s continued annual growth, the company is debt-free and is operating close to capacity. Mr. Lefebvre says, “If our incredible assortment of regular cheesecakes wasn’t enough, we have perfected our all-natural, high quality gluten-free cheesecakes to accommodate our customers on specialty diets.” “We are eager to raise funds to expand our presence in Florida to include a certified gluten-free facility and establish a direct-to-consumer gluten-free cheesecake line,” he reports. The company will acquire additional specifically-designated food handling, processing and storage equipment to support increased production, and will invest in Research & Development for its new patented cheesecake that contains a nutritional supplement to promote healthy blood sugar levels.

Under Regulation A+, Lake Mary Cheesecake is “testing the waters” and taking equity investments from non-accredited investors. Passed by the SEC in March under Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, Lake Mary Cheesecake Company is announcing a mini public offering to create the facility for their gluten-free cheesecake. “We are thrilled to be embarking on a new adventure. After all, we were pioneers in creating products without gluten and now we have 10 years of experience in making gluten-free products as a foundation to build on,” Mr. Lefebvre says.

Lake Mary Cheesecake has been in business since 1999. They are very successful. As more restaurants outsource their dessert programs to the company, the more diverse offerings are necessary to accommodate the restricted diets of today’s consumer.

Lake Mary first served the Orlando, Florida area, starting with the retail market and expanding into a regional commercial bakery serving central Florida theme parks, convention centers, cruise lines, restaurants and hotels. It has now grown to also serve theme parks in Los Angeles and national grocery store chains. The margins for direct-to-consumer sales are higher than food service and retail sales. Lake Mary Cheesecake Company has plants in Riverside, CA and Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Reports indicate that 29% of Americans avoid or try to avoid gluten and 55% spend 30% more for gluten-free products than regular grocery items. In fact, there is such significant growth in food choice and ranges in supermarkets that many have dedicated entire aisles for these new allergen free food, beverage and nutritional products.

LMCC currently has a food safe environment certified by AIB International, receiving a superior rating in food and safety standards including the coveted HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) plan. HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing and distribution of the finished product. It also has Kosher foods certification, and complies with the proposed FDA rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Lake Mary Cheesecake produces a very high quality handmade product that provides a texture, aroma and experience that consumers cannot find with any other baker. All of the ingredients are natural and fresh. The New York style cheesecakes are baked “Bain Marie” with constant observation, control and patience so they retain their creamy texture. Besides the signature cheesecakes, LMCC also creates high quality cakes and baked goods with extraordinary taste and texture including Carrot Cake, Ganache Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Key Lime Pie, Tiramisu cake, Margarita Pie and Italian Rum cake which are the results of the company’s careful use of the finest ingredients. lakemarycheesecake.com

Kickante Transforms Crowdfunding, Creates Sharing Economy in Brazil Amidst Difficult Economic Downturn

The leading crowdfunding site in Brazil provides personalized ways to fund projects for NGOs, entrepreneurs and individuals.

August 31, 2015 — New YorkKickante, the leading crowdfunding platform in Brazil, based in Sao Paulo, has transformed crowdfunding in Brazil by catering to Brazilian culture and educating individuals and organizations on how to raise funds. Since its founding less than two years ago, Kickante has grown exponentially, tripling in just the last six months, while the Brazilian economy is struggling.

Kickante has funded more than 8,000 projects in just one and a half years of existence, while its competitors launch a maximum of 200 campaigns per month. With its unique platform compiling crowdfunding, ecommerce, traditional fundraising techniques, a team of dedicated and creative employees, and its unique technology platform and marketing services, the company has already received interest to expand its platform in Brazil and other countries.

Kickante includes a full suite of crowdfunding features, including the following:

  • Installment contributions, where backers can pay in up to six installments.
  • Personalized training in fundraising and crowdfunding techniques, pre- and post-campaign launch.
  • Automated administrative help of fundraising techniques that help a campaign reach its target, keeping the owners focused on marketing.
  • A monthly contribution club linked to crowdfunding campaigns, helping the owner go beyond its 60-day crowdfunding campaign.
  • Third-party fundraising campaigns. Anyone can create campaigns to raise funds for a non-governmental organization (NGO) using a peer-to-peer network; the amounts raised will go directly to the NGO’s registered bank account.
  • Two campaign options: All–or-nothing funding (keepmoney raised only if the entire target amount is reached), or flexible funding (take whatever amount is raised).
  • Authorized connection to YouTube videos, helping campaigns go viral.
  • Monthly webinars on the topics of crowdfunding and fundraising.

“Brazilians are embracing the sharing economy,” said Candice Pascoal, co-founder and chairwoman of Kickante. “Just like the year 2009 when Crowdfunding boomed in the United States due to the weakened economy, we see the same trend happening in Brazil. Our site has given Brazilians opportunities to fund projects and participate in donating to projects that would have never before seen the light of day. We are seeing projects funded in art, entrepreneurship, the volunteer sector, and many other categories, especially in the current Brazilian economy.”

Successful campaigns launched on Kickante, such as the ones cited below, are diverse:

  • Bel Pesce raised more than 342 percent of her goal to finance a national tour of lectures on her book, “A Menina do Vale 2” (A Girl from the Valley 2).
  • Nazi (lead singer of the band Ira!), Lobão, Leila Pinheiro and several other musicians have funded projects.
  • The board game, “Caçadores da Galaxia” (Galaxy Hunters), raised 870 percent of its campaign goal.
  • Both large and small NGOs, from“FixandoRaízes” (Setting Roots)to Doctors Without Borders, Greenpeace, Red Cross, and World Vision, are successfully funding campaigns.

About Kickante

Founded in October 2013, Kickante is the largest crowdfunding platform in Brazil. Kickante has launched more than 8,000 campaigns and raised more than R$14million. Kickante offers both flexible campaigns, ideal for projects that do not have a minimum value and may benefit from any amount collected, and all-or-nothing campaigns. Kickante is the only company in Brazil to have a unique link on YouTube, where a developer can assess whether a project deserves support and be directed to the campaign platform. In addition to launching campaigns quickly, and in a less bureaucratic and more democratic way, Kickante also offers the possibility for collaborators to donate in installments and for organizers to receive resources for their projects up-front. Visit www.kickante.com.br/ for more information.

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