Crowdfunding sites (a.k.a.”crowd financing”) make use of a relatively new concept that allows start-up companies to raise capital from individual investors like yourself. Last month, USA Love List published the first in an on-going series of monthly articles that focus on companies who use crowdfunding as a way to finance their Made in the USA start-ups. Read on for our latest discoveries:
CROWDFUNDING MADE IN USA PICKS
Looking to get in on the crowdfunding action? Here are a few of our favorite crowdfunding campaigns that are currently accepting your donations:
Handful manufactures a line of colorful bras that are certain to make you happy and “give you two less things to worry about”. They should certainly get an award for Best Company Name!
Secret Squirrel is in search of investors to help them fund their line of limited edition cold brew coffee concentrate, made from 100% Hawaiian coffee beans. Each of the four different flavors come in a 32 oz. reusable growler that allows you to make 12 flavored drinks!
Stout Bottle Openers are built on a classic, but reliable design, and are guaranteed to last a lifetime! These bottle openers can be mounted anywhere to make sure that you are never more than an arm's length away from being able to enjoy your favorite bottled beverage.
Oleander designs and manufactures men's and women's luxury accessories and is looking for funding assistance for their Fall 2013 lineup. From women's purses to men's bowties, Oleander has you covered!
Seamus Golf, a company that manufactures woolen accessories, is running a campaign to fund their series of Sherpa Putter Covers. These unique putter covers are made from 100% wool and are the first shearling covers available for your clubs!
Evan Marshalls makes a variety of clothes and accessories for men – everything from wallets to t-shirts! Evan Marshalls aims to make their products unique by using a wide variety of materials including suede, gold, and carbon fiber.
Luri & Wilma recently kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the next year's printing costs for their magazine. Luri & Wilma profile and support women-run eco-friendly businesses and print their magazine on recycled paper in the Nation's Capital – Washington, DC.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED WITH CROWDFUNDING OPPORTUNITIES?
There are a number of crowdfunding sites, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Crowd Supply, that allow you to easily search for companies who plan on making their products in the USA. So, what do you get in return for making donations to these campaigns? Depending on your level of investment, you may receive anything from a thank you card (as is often the case with small donations, such as $1) up to first dibs on a variety of products that the company will make once they are up and running.
Crowdfunding provides an excellent, hands-on way for you to support the rebirth of American-made! Check out a few of the crowdfunding sites for yourself and stay tuned for next month's edition of Crowdfunding in the USA!