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 Second Life Bikes

Second Life Bikes

Second Life Bikes

Funded

Second Life Bikes is an Asbury Park, NJ-based organization that provides local kids with valuable skills and to opportunity to earn a bike of their own. The mission is to repurpose old bikes rather than dispose of them. This can include providing used bikes for the youth of the community while teaching them about bike safety, bike building skills, and even how to create bike art. Second Life Bikes has not only become a place of learning for the youth, but also a place where director Kerri Martin has created a sense of community in Asbury Park.

 

Learn more about Second Life Bikes on RocketHub.

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 CHAR Poles

CHAR Poles

CHAR Poles

Funded

After a disastrous run down a mountain, CHAR Poles founder Alex Carr, an avid skier, is hoping to transform ski poles from just sticks to a functional tool. Carr has revolutionized the ski pole with minimal changes, such as a handle with a more supportive grip, and a new feature where the pole can directly mount a camera with a screw on top. Carr has not only proven that ski poles can be more than just sticks, he has made skiing more enjoyable and imaginative using his originality.

 

Learn more about Alex's crowdfunding project on RocketHub.

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 Penn State Lunar Lion

Penn State Lunar Lion

Penn State Lunar Lion

Funding in Progress

The Lunar Lion, a team of students from Penn State University, is coordinating with professionals, and joined RocketHub in hopes of gaining funding while participating in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. The winner of this competition must successfully land a space craft on the moon to claim $40 million in prizes. Boasting the only student-run team, Penn State’s Lunar Lion team’s project is raising funds to build and test a lander prototype. Funders can give as little as $10, to as much as $10,000, with rewards like t-shirts or even scale models of the spacecraft. If Penn State succeeds, they will be the first non-government group to accomplish this journey into space.

 

Learn more about the Penn State Lunar Lion Team's crowdfunding project on RocketHub.

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 Spira

Spira

Spira

Funding in Progress

"Always wear shoes (your feet will feel better)." – Duck Dynasty patriarch, Phil Robertson

 

We can all use a good pair of shoes as we travel on the roads through life! Andy Krafsur, co-founder of Spira Footwear, is obsessed with helping people's feet (and lives) be more comfortable.

 

The Robertson's built a better duck call based upon their passion for hunting, and Spira believes they have built a better shoe based on Andy's passion for running. Spira is offering several limited edition versions of the Duck Dynasty camouflage shoe available ONLY through this crowdfunding project on RocketHub. These remarkably comfortable shoes are based on our popular Spira® Stinger XLT performance shoe, which contains three WaveSprings – two in the forefoot and one in the heel.

 

Visit RocketHub to learn more about this breakthrough technology and to pre-order your very own pair of officially-licensed Duck Dynasty running shoes.

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 lüft

lüft

lüft

Funding in Progress

The enterprising team at lüft* noticed a clear and distinct gap between good-looking outerwear, and technical outerwear. They aim to fill that gap with a product that is both highly technical (waterproof/breathable), attractive to the eye, and functional when put through authentic, extreme testing.

 

lüft has designed a soft-shell jacket that achieves high waterproof and breathability ratings while maintaining a soft touch, stretchy feel, and longer cut. Similarly spec'd soft-shell jackets are currently selling for over $300. lüft plans to sell this jacket for around $200.

 

To support this project or learn more about lüft visit RocketHub.

 

* lüft means 'air' in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and German. lüft clothing is for athletes who spend as much time as possible in the air.

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 The Queens' Tea

The Queens' Tea

The Queens' Tea

Funding in Progress

Seth and Michael founded The Queens' Tea in Salt Lake City as a way to share their passion for tea. Seth, a historian, and Michael, a scientist, pride themselves on creating original blends and carrying the finest selection of tea classics from a variety of regions.

 

Started out of a studio apartment, The Queens' Tea now works out of a small commercial kitchen that they share with several other local companies. They are rapidly growing and now need a larger commercial kitchen space to scale production and meet the demand for their loose-leaf tea.

 

Seth and Michael consider their project a community investment. Their store will serve as a hub for educational classes focused on enriching the local Salt Lake City culture. With tea events and classes on the ritual, history, science and preparation of tea, The Queens' Tea aims to get their local community excited about the world's most widely consumed beverage.

 

To support this project or learn more about The Queens' Tea visit RocketHub.

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 Active Desk

Active Desk

Active Desk

Funding Complete

Dr. Jim Martin and his team at Active Desk recently got tired of sitting around in their desk chairs all day long. Dr. Martin, an avid cyclist, saw a problem and created a solution. He noticed that the average American was spending over 8 hours a day in a sitting position. Recent studies have shown that this much sitting is harmful for the body, and can potentially lower lifespan. So he designed Active Desk, a desk that integrates the functions of a bicycle and a typical office workstation.

 

Active Desk is designed with functionality in mind. The bicycle moves smoothly and puts the user in an optimal position for using their computer. Testers of the Active Desk prototypes have reported burning between 300-800 calories a day. The cycling is low stress, with no muscle burn, no sweating, or heavy breathing.

 

Medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and depression can result from a lack of activity. Active Desk helps users get their exercise, while also providing an enjoyable way to spend the work day. Activity improves cognitive function, and Active Desk users say that they think more clearly and feel better while using Active Desk. Isn't it time you gave Active Desk a spin?

 

To support this project or learn more about Active Desk visit RocketHub.

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 Emergency Shelters

Emergency Shelters

Emergency Shelters

Funding Complete

World Housing Solution is a company with a passion for helping people through some of the hardest times they will face. Natural disasters in populated areas have been on the rise in the last decade, and too often people are left without shelter in the weeks and months following the disaster. World Housing Solution watched the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and knew they could provide a better housing solution to the people now residing in tent camps.

 

The World Housing Solution product is a reusable earthquake and hurricane resistant shelter structure that will not grow mold or mildew or rot or burn. It is created using Structural Insulated Composite Panels. The panels simply snap together and there is no need for power tools or any advanced engineering or carpentry skills to assemble. The product was so successful that the company was authorized to bid on projects by the U.S. State Department and USAID. Still, World Housing Solution feels that their product can be improved to an even faster, more ergonomic design.

 

To support this project or learn more about Emergency Shelters visit RocketHub.

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 Migraine Glasses

Migraine Glasses

Migraine Glasses

Funding Complete

Anyone who has ever had a migraine knows that the pain is unrivaled. 30 million Americans suffer from migraines and light sensitivity, and Neuro-ophthalmologist Dr. Bradley Katz has treated over a thousand patients with migrane-related issues. His patients suffered from nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and pain. Dr. Katz knew that with the proper research, he could help his ailing patients.

 

Enter Steve Blair and Ben Rollins, a photonics researcher and a marketer, respectively. The three men formed Axon Optics, with the goal to use Dr. Katz's light filter research to create the perfect therapeutic glasses. Their product, Axon Therapeutic Eyewear, combines cutting-edge coating techniques and injection molding into a lens surface that promises to prevent migraines. The glasses also come equipped with featherweight frames, medical grade stainless steel, flex hinges, and silicone nose pads. Axon Therapeutic Eyewear is the product of years of research from a highly respected doctor in the field of ophthalmology.

 

To support this project and secure your pair today visit RocketHub.

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Andy Krafsur of Spira Shoes

Andy Krafsur of Spira Shoes

Andy Krafsur of Spira Shoes

El Paso, Texas based Shoe entrepreneur Andy Krafsur has built a new spring loaded shoe that helps people run faster while reducing knee pain. Andy has always been passionate about running. Growing up in Metro Detroit, he competed in track and cross country programs in high school and college. But the years of pounding took their toll and Andy was required to take a week off for every day that he ran. By the time he reached his early 30's his running days were over.

 

Andy started Spira® in an effort to change an industry and positively impact the quality of life of every single runner on the planet. After many years of development and testing, Andy introduced the Spira® Stinger 2, a light and remarkably resilient running shoe. His RocketHub campaign for the ultralight, three-spring running shoe launched in late 2012 and quickly attracted 281 funders, netting a total of $42,700 (171% of his goal).

 

Visit Spira.com to buy a pair of your own Spira running shoes.

 

Learn more about Andy Krafsur and his Spira running shoes on RocketHub.

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Alex Cirillo & Dani Faith Leonard of Big Vision Empty Wallet

Alex Cirillo & Dani Faith Leonard of Big Vision Empty Wallet

Alex Cirillo & Dani Faith Leonard of Big Vision Empty Wallet

Big Vision Empty Wallet (BVEW) is the Premiere Community for Entertainment Industry Professionals. BVEW Connects artists and innovators through their online network and at exciting events.

 

Instead of blindly connecting online, BVEW members can connect with potential collaborators based on the merit of their work (not the size of their bank accounts), through innovative competitions and showcases.

 

BVEW members include a wide range of people, from Academy Award-Winning screenwriters and directors to Broadway producers to independent filmmakers and musicians. They are the best undiscovered artists and seasoned professionals working in film, TV, performing arts, music, and media, and they are crowdfunding together on RocketHub.

 

Learn more about Big Vision Empty Wallet on RocketHub.

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Karl Franz Williams of 67 Orange Street

Karl Franz Williams of 67 Orange Street

Karl Franz Williams of 67 Orange Street

Founder Karl Williams started 67 Orange as a modern tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, an era when Prohibition spurred nightlife that was fueled by jazz. Karl's trendy mixology speakeasy opened in 2008 to rave reviews from critics and patrons alike. Funders supporting his 67 Orange were rewarded with unique opportunities to be a part of the hotspot's history.

 

Learn more about Karl's crowdfunding project on RocketHub.

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