Grüne Linie: a photographic book on the memory of the World War II in the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines

Grüne Linie is a photographic research on the memory of the events in which a small valley in the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines played a crucial role, when it became part of the war front during World War II.
The project traces a line that connects History to the voices of those who fought and lived in those mountains, following the clues that were left on the region, somewhere in between childhood memories and memories of the conflict.
“Grüne Linie” was the name that the German Army had given to the Gothic Line: a strip of defences and fortifications, which ran along the Apennines, cutting Italy in two, from the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic coast. A line that wound through woods and villages, filled with stories of courage and fear, revenge and resistance.
Those stories left an indelible signs in the landscape and in the memory of the few remaining witnesses.
For those who grew up in these woods, the conflict was at first an unconscious childhood memory, when forts were built in the old trenches by children, or the ruins of farmhouses were explored like ruined castles. Then, through the years, the stories, the war finds and the caves, have acquired a deeper meaning.
All this and above all the awareness of the volatility of memory, which is now kept mostly by the tales of the few witnesses still alive, has generated the urgency to document what is hidden in the woods that now cover the mountain.

Grüne Linie is a photographic book by Giancarlo Barzagli, coming with an unpublished story by Wu Ming 2 and a map with hiking trails.
The project, developed over the past 5 years, tells of a mountain territory and of the traces left by the passage of distant events. Ruins of farmhouses occupied by partisans, caves and war finds, immersed in a landscape now covered by woods.
These images are interwoven with photos and archival documents related to the life in the Brigade and finally the portraits of the last partisans left alive.
Wu Ming 2 will followed the paths that led young fighters from Imola to the mountains. From this experience a story came out that connects with the images and that continues the reflection initiated by the author in the book “Il cammino degli dei”.
The map, with several hiking routes divided in different levels of difficulty, is intended to be an invitation to visit those places and to discover in person the stories that still they have to tell.

info and pitcures on https://www.eppela.com/en/projects/18478-grune-linie-a-photographic-book-about-the-resistance

website project: https://www.giancarlobarzagli.com/

Fashion Map – Digital Map of Slovak Design

Slovak Fashion Council has recently launched a new crowdfunding campaign via platform Startlab. The aim of the campaign is to raise funds for a unique digital map of Slovak design.

Fashion Map

Anyone who has visited Slovakia knows that shopping for luxurious clothing is a national sport. People who want to take part in this popular leisure activity often opt for one of the many shopping centres that offer a selection of international brands, or even travel abroad. Unfortunately, few people are aware of the fact that many outstanding, original, and yet affordable pieces are being made also in Slovakia.

Consequently, Slovak Fashion Council has decided to create Fashion Map, a simple and practical map of Slovak design that aims to promote local fashion designers among locals and tourists alike.

The digital map is a continuation of an ongoing attempt to promote Slovak design industry. The initiative originally started with 10 000 paper maps available in both, Slovak and English, that were handed out to locals, as well as the foreign visitors interested in bringing back unconventional souvenirs from their travels.

The campaign is now running on Startlab with plenty original rewards for those who help to reach the financial goal of 5000 EUR necessary for, programming, and promotion of the product.

 

 

The project has been supported by Crowd-Fund-Port.

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Poland: Modern patronage

Going further with the support of patrons

 

Girl with a camera and desire to be the citizen of the world. She always dreamed about her own travel channel and was able to make her dream real. In a lifestyle channel on youtube – Globstory, she shares her own experiences with others. She visited over a dozen countries, lived in Stambul and Barcelona. She traveled all over the world to tell the story about distant countries, amazing people and beautiful landscapes – about one planet but lots of worlds.

 

 

As she cares about content, fighting along the way with limitations – mainly hardware and financial. She’s doing everything alone – invents, drive, spin, she learned a photoshop, the assembly takes less and less time, but the appetite still grows.

She’s not doing it for money – every money she makes she spent on another expedition, hardware, and channel. With cooperation with Patronite, everything is possible, with every new patron she can do more and more. The patrons support her every month with the amount of money between 5zł and 300zł (1€ – 70€) to let her do what she’s good at. In exchange, they get personalized gifts as postcards from distant countries or featured name on the blog or even a movie on a chosen topic.

She collected 37909zł (over 8800€), about 3595zł (over 830€) per month from 137 patrons! It’s another proof that crowdfunding can help to get your goal using one of the crowdfunding platforms like patronite.pl

Cubetto – A hands on programming language for girls and boys aged 3 and up

Can crowd funding be applied to schools and other public utilities? The answer is yes and we found a great example in the campaign launched by the primary school Secondo Istituto Comprensivo Francavilla Fontana in Brindisi that collected via the platform Eppela the funds necessary to create “L’Officina dei Giocattoli” (i.e. Toys’ Factory). The aim of the campaign is to literally make one of the pupils dream come true and to create a common space where they can transform old, and obsolete toys in smart ones. The project has been developed in four main phases: to recover old toys; to bring them into the Montessori Creativity Space; to re design their hard and soft ware; and to complete them with digital features in order to give them a total new look made up of sensors, small video cameras, led lights and so on. In the kids mind this represents the concrete realization of creativity process that allows them to even develop tools to control their old tractors and cars with smartphones and tablets. The campaign was launched in 2006 and collected around 150% of the original quotation. The funds have been spent for 3d printers, sensors, laser cut working table, 3d scanners, all instruments the kids need to improve the space they share as common thinking lab, team work space and for stem didactic activities. Also the project is recognized as green as it involve recovering and re use of old toys; economic as it is aimed at avoiding waste; fun as it stimulates the kids’ creativity, and digital.

 

Memonik – the board game that overcomes barriers

Memonik is a unique kind of board game that focuses on tactile memory. Consequently, it can be played by people with acute sight, but also those with sight impairments, people speaking different languages, or belonging to different age groups – simply anyone who is interested in maintaining their mental health.  The excellent idea has not been left unrewarded – on top of satisfied customers, Memonik has been awarded the Slovak National design award and Czech award Design talent.

 

Memonik

 

The rules of the game are quite simple. The board is composed of 36 pads that consist of 18 materials that can be found in our everyday surroundings, such as wood, cork, carpet, or wallpaper. The goal is to find as many pairs as possible, using only the sense of touch.

Memonik was seeking funding through crowdfunding platform Startlab. The campaign was successfully completed, with Memonik raising 5 798 EUR out of the required 5000 EUR.

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Čezeta – The reborn Czechoslovak symbol

The story of Čezeta goes back to the time of 1957 when the first iconic torpedo-shaped scooter was manufactured by the Česká zbrojovka Strakonice. The motorcycles were exported all around the world until the production was shut down in 1964.

Today, Čezeta – led by British entrepreneur Neil Eamonn Smith, continues as a start-up motorcycle manufacturer with its production based in the Czech town of Prostějov.

 

Čezeta

In 2017 the company has launched a new Čezeta model – Type 506, which competes with the world’s most renowned motorcycle brands. Not only the classical design of its predecessor but also its exceptional parameters make the new Type 506 unique. Čezeta Type 506 is fully electric motorcycle and the Czech first electric vehicle.

The motorcycle contains the same battery components as Tesla vehicles and all the electrical and communication systems were tailor-made by Čezeta and its mainly Czech and Slovak suppliers.

Čezeta has recently completed a successful campaign at Crowdberry where 66 investors raised 600 000 EUR. The investment will be used to increase the production capacity to to satisfy the increasing demand for Type 506 all around the world. The investment was very successful in terms of speadand investors’ demand. Cezeta decided to raise additional 200 000 Eur, this campaign is currently still running.

‘FIXRIP – Repair your favourite clothes at home’: 4th Slovenian Campaign on Kickstarter!

In Slovenia, we are supporting new crowdfunding campaign ‘FIXRIP – Repair your favourite clothes at home’.  Young team of experts in the area of textiles, decided to present you an amazing product, which will definitely embellish your everyday. FIXRIP box contains special permanent repair KIT, for repairing all kind of clothes on your own. With FIXRIP patches, you are able to repair your favourite clothes in less than 1 (one) minute. You save your precious time and money, because there is no need to visit the tailor or buy new clothes. Let us keep our precious clothes and save our planet a little bit!

If you would like to know more about the campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/648118829/fixrip-repair-your-favourite-clothes-at-home

 

Among the most interesting “ones to watch” CF campaigns of 2018 we can find the one in support of Dynamo a machine invented and produced by the company Verde21, an innovative start up founded in 2013 to promote innovation and environmental sustainability.

Dynamo is a machine to produce and collect thermic energy from free renewables and one single of them can by itself meet the energetic needs of a more than 1000 m2 building. These free energy machines should substitute the old systems based on fossil resources and large energy distribution networks. The equity campaign to support Dynamo was concluded last January and collected 161% of the initial target.

This sum will help Verde 21 Founders to enhance the production of Dynamo and to produce them in large quantities thus opening up the international market.

Society                                Verde 21
Platform                             Starsup http://www.starsup.it/project/verde21-srl

Minimum goal                  € 140.000
Money collected               €225.600
Minimum investment     € 1.000
Deadline                             16-01-2018

 

Ready to invest into italian research

“ReaD y to InVEst” is the motto of DIVE, an Italian start up whose core business is to acquire technology from research centers and universities, and to translate it into products for markets ranging from renewable energies to food. Depending on the field of the technology acquired DIVE creates a specific development unit whose most important is ENERGY PLUS for sustainable energies and nanotechnologies aimed to enhance energy production. TREPANG is the unit consecrated to food while B.U.M the one for parallel activities.

DIVE is an Italian company based in Florence and it relies on two pillars: the first is an international management; the second a research lab based on green chemistry following the guidelines set by Prof. Norberto Roveri, Director of the Chemistry department of the University of Bologna. After one year Dive has reached a revenue of more than 160.000 euro and a net profit of 1198 euro.

To further develop itself DIVE launched a crowd funding campaign on CrowdFundMe https://www.crowdfundme.it/en/websim/dive-la-startup-hi-tech-che-valorizza-la-ricerca-italiana aimed at collecting 100.000 euro without getting into debts toward banks. According to DIVE’s executive president, Mr Giovanni Baldi, the current growth pace obliges companies to look for alternative and non conventional fund raising.

Crowd funding showed to be an effective tool in DIVE development with 48.00 euro already collected and can represent a powerful instrument to invest in research and innovation as well as to create new job opportunities. The funds collected will serve to finance and improve both Energy Plus and Trepang units so to launch new business, to further develop management and to create new alliances with the US; Africa, and the far East.

Among the crowd individuals investing at least 5000 euro will be given priority to participate newcos while those investing more than 20000 euro will be part of a specific committee charged with evaluating new opportunities and suporting Senior Partners in evaluating the group’s new initiatives.

http://www.divegroup.it

Interview with Lukas Angst, inventor of KEEGO, a squeezable metal bottle

KEEGO is a true innovation in sports gadgets. It is the first ever bottle made with elastic titanium. Born in Switzerland, designed and developed in Austria, produced in Denmark it is also a true European product that has fans around the globe. Founder Lukas Angst is a sportsman himself and was looking for a way to combine the all the benefits of a light and squeezable plastic bottle with the clean taste and endurance of a metal one. At the moment Lukas and his team are running a very successful Kickstarter-campaign and still there are more than three weeks left for funding. In an interview with Crowd-Fund-Port, Lukas explains the idea behind his innovative product and how he prepared for the Crowdfunding-campaign.

Crowd-Fund-Port: Lukas, you are the founder of KEEGO, an innovative drinking bottle for athletes. What’s so special about it?

Lukas: KEEGO is a sports bottle made of an entirely new material. We combine Titanium with an elastic core to create a bottle that is light, squeezable and cleaner than the usual plastic bottles.

Crowd-Fund-Port: What is the idea behind KEEGO?

Lukas: Nowadays in sports all of the gear is high-tech. Athletes often don‘t compromise when it comes to their equipment. At the same time the sports bottles have stayed the same for the last 30 years and are quite low-tech. The idea was and is to change that.

Crowd-Fund-Port: A few weeks ago you started a Crowdfunding-campaign on Kickstarter? Why?

Lukas: We were eager to get a market feedback after all this time of development. Since KEEGO has USPs that could work for many different types of athletes this is also a great chance to learn more about them and where we should plan our market entry. On the financial side the Crowdfunding campaign allows us to validate our business plan and pay some of the tools and materials needed for the first production run.

Crowd-Fund-Port: How did you prepare for the Kickstarter-campaign?

Lukas: We tried to talk to as many experienced Crowdfunders as possible and to get input wherever we could. Four months before the launch, we set up a landing page to collect leads (e-mail adresses) of potential backers. We tried out different facebook ads and targeting to drive traffic to the landing page and constantly optimized the campaign. Three months before we launched on Kickstarter, we produced the video and additional content needed for the page. About the same time we opened a Facebook group for friends and interested people, to get as much feedback as possible on various aspects of the product, the content and the campaign.

Crowd-Fund-Port: What’s the goal of the campaign?

Lukas: Our goal was 25.000 Euros and we reached this initial goal quite quickly. Soon we had set a stretch goal (60.000 Euros) and are now about to reach the second one (120.000 Euros). The goal is to just keep going and take it day by day.

Crowd-Fund-Port: After the campaign ended successfully, what are the next steps?

Lukas: We work hard to finalize the product and make sure that KEEGO out of the production meets the high requirements we have set. Once we pleased all the early backers from Kickstarter, we have to establish a stable supply chain. Additional topics are financing, team building and the go to market strategy.

Crowd-Fund-Port: Thank you for the interview and good luck with your campaign!