Crowdfunding is getting more and more accepted as good way to fund your startup, and now we have many praised products and companies funded this way, such as Pebble, Oculus Rift, Formlabs 3D printer, the list goes on.
Also in Barcelona, many promising projects are currently undertaking crowdfunding campaigns, and we thought we would give you the chance to invest, or at least support (most of them don’t offer any equity), the startups that may be the next big thing!
1# Watly is the Barcelona startup that (among several features) creates electricity, purifies water and connects you to the internet, all through their solar powered Watly computer.
In June the first official Watly computer will be ready, and if the crowdfunding campaign goes as planned, they will present two computers (instead of one), and show how the Watly’s are communicating with each other. One computer costs €400.000, but in return serve 3.000 people for a span of 16 years
2# Bioo is probably the most shared Barcelona startup in social media this spring. Dozens of international media, including the Huffingtion Post, featured the startup that’s making a plant that uses the photosynthesis to produce
Bioo provides a day and night constant electricity supply, proving that plants may just be the way out for truly clean renewable energies. It’s 5 days left of their Indiegogo campaign, and they have reached their goal of €15.000 by far, counting €85.432 with a few days left.
3# Mosquito is a 3D Printed, modular & customizable drone by BONADRONE. As drones and robots are taking over the world, the founders of Mosquito thought that we at least should be able to build the drones we want, and not only the mass produced ones on sale today.
If you support the project, you get a drone, and you can choose if you want it assembled, or if you want to do it yourself. So far they’ve raised €6.978, with their final goal being €45.000 and 13 days left of the campaign.
4# Gym For Less is a startup offering a flat-rate gym, where you can choose from their base of 400 different centers. With their headquarters in Barcelona, Gym For Less is looking for €250.000 on Crowdcube, which means that you can be an owner in a startup wanting to disrupt how we work out in gyms.
They’ve currently raised €101.000, with 14 days left to reach their golden goal of 250K.
5# uTandem wants to speed up your Spanish (Yes, please), your English, or whatever other language you’re trying to conquere. The startup have made an app which connects you with the people around you to learn your favorite language by doing language exchanges.
It gets you in touch with other language learners around you, sorted by distance, and shows you the languages they speak and the ones they want to practice. They hope to raise $30.000, and have raised €532 so far, but with a whole month left of their campaign, there’s time to reach the 30K goal.
Thinking about crowdfunding your startup?
We thought this article might make you consider crowdfunding as a possible source of investment, so we talked with Oriol Roda, CEO and co-founder of Mammoth Hunters, a startup that made a virtual personal trainer with over 200.000 users.
They have launched several successful rounds of crowdfunding, the latest closed only a month ago, securing them €324.000, with their aim being €300.000.
“Crowdfunding brings visibility to your company. In some cases it’s easier than dealing with business
angels. Having a “crowd” as investors is a good way to build evangelist to your brands and products,” says Roda.