Kickstarter is one of the most popular websites for start-up businesses who turn to crowdfunding as a means of raising capital from ordinary investors (like you!). Although the concept of crowdfunding dates back for centuries, the internet has provided businesses with the opportunity to reach out to a much broader audience in order to pool funds to help cover their operating costs.
Here are some of our favorite Made in the USA start-up products currently accepting your investments at Kickstarter.
KICKSTARTER MADE IN THE USA PICKS
The creators of Switchy have come up with a product that is as stylish as it is practical – a carbon fiber key holder. The Switchy looks a lot like an ordinary pocket knife but holds up to five keys that retract into its body in order to allow for easy carry. The Switchy will be offered in several different color schemes and is made of lightweight carbon fiber.
Have you ever had a cell phone that died before you were done using it for the day? If so then you may want to invest in Power Core – a lightweight, water-resistant power cable that is charged by being plugged into any USB port. The Power Core can be thrown into a backpack or a purse and can allow you to charge your phone (or any other electronic device with a USB input) while you're on the go!
Nicora Johns is committed to manufacturing a line of handmade, affordable shoes right here in the good ole' US of A. For every 500 pairs of shoes that are purchased Nicora Johns promises that it will create 10 jobs for American workers – not too shabby! Nicora Johns also takes a wide variety of measures to stay environmentally friendly, from using recycled packaging to ensuring that the manmade leather in their shoes is sustainably made in the USA.
For as long as I can remember Mason Jars have been popular – and somehow people continue to find creative ways of using these familiar glass jars! Thanks to Casco Bay Molding you now have the opportunity to take your favorite Major Jar wherever you want with their clever Silicone Ball Jar Water Bottle. This would also be a great item to take tailgating – did someone order a Blue Moon??
Looking for a new iPad cover? Upcycle Goods has finally found a way to put those old, unused treadmills that we all have in our basements to good use by using the rubber treadmill belts as their primary material. Now you can make sure that your iPad stays safe and not feel guilty about letting your treadmill continue to gain dust! Make sure you check out the video on their Kickstarter site.
When you pledge support to these initiatives, you are directly supporting the growth of American manufacturing. And not only will you have the fledgling company's undying gratitude, depending on your level of support, you will usually get some token of thanks ranging from early access to a tee shirt to early shipment of the product. Give it a try if you haven't already and see how great you feel.
Be sure to check back in August for my latest finds in Made in the USA crowdfunding initiatives!