Cubbit lets you access and share your data from anywhere in the world

Founded by 4 young students in Italy in 2016, Cubbit is the first distributed, peer-to-peer cloud that is free from monthly fees, expandable for free, and tamper proof thanks to its zero-knowledge cryptographic architecture. The company is currently running a Kickstarter campaign and it received a lot of awards for this kind of collaborative and distributed cloud storage platform with good encryption that also leverages artificial intelligence. Cubbit grants a unique set of features that go beyond the cloud, the hard drive, the NAS and anything in between. Cubbit lets you access and share your data from anywhere in the world, like every conventional cloud storage as Dropbox and ICloud, but unlike “the cloud”, it is not based on any centralized data center. Cubbit is a breakthrough: the privacy of personal storage and the comfort of the cloud, all wrapped into a smooth user experience. This is made possible by its revolutionary distributed architecture, the Cubbit Cell, a plug-and-cloud device. Files stored in Cubbit are encrypted with AES-256, fragmented in redundant chunks and safely spread over the network, so that even if your Cell goes offline for a blackout, your data is always safe, accessible anywhere, and invisible to anyone else. So Cubbit allows for an unprecedented set of advantages for users: no monthly fee, it is expandable up to 4TB just by plugging in any USB hard drive for free, it is zero-knowledge and end-to-end encrypted so that no one can access your data and it is 10x greener than conventional clouds based on data centers.
One of the founder, Alessandro Cillario, told that “Nowdays many of the services offered by conventional data centers don’t have respect for our privacy and they consume a lot of energy for their transfers. Whereas we distribute storage capacity so costs and pollution are reduced. Above all, safety is guaranteed ”. The reduction would be 87% of the carbon footprint for data storage and about 50% for energy consumption for their transfer. Connect Cubbit to your router and immediately get 1TB of cloud space (and more), completely protected, perfectly safe, accessible anywhere. Finally, due to its performing platform, Cubbit creates a distributed data center, which takes advantage for offering innovative Cloud Computing and Content Delivery services for companies and professionals.
In 2018, Cubbit partnered with the CERN and other 11 industrial/academic partners. It is also  supported by Techstars, the third most important startup accelerator in the world, and other global-class partners. It is funded by the European Commission along the H2020 framework programme.


Rentopolis: the overfunded Italian property management company

Rentopolis is an Italian property management company: it manages prestigious properties and structures for short term tourist and business rentals throughout Italy and abroad. The company’s strong technological footprint allows it to offer guests a complete and satisfying experience and to provide comprehensive support to homeowners and operators in all activities related to the management of real estate for short term rentals.

Its recent campaign was aired on the Italian crowdfunding platform Mamacrowd and collected about 335k EUR. Today, Rentopolis manages a portfolio of more than 350 prestigious housing solutions in the most renowned tourist destinations in Italy and abroad. In 2018, more than 1M EUR were transferred to the platform.

Rentopolis manages prestigious homes and structures for short term rentals, dealing with:

  • renovation and maintenance of buildings, with the introduction of home automation solutions and “smart home” for automation and remote control of consumption, temperatures, opening and closing doors, lighting, security;
  • guest reception, multilingual concierge 24/7;
  • check-in/check-out management, cleaning and linen change.

Moreover, it offers a wide range of additional services that can be booked directly from the apartments (e.g., transfers, guided tours, etc).

Rentopolis also works in partnership with property managers: the innovative software automatically manages a range of operational activities such as marketing, dynamic pricing, booking and contract management, invoicing and interaction with suppliers. Having delegated operational activities to Rentopolis, property managers free up time for their business.

My cooking box – an Italian start up specialized in delivering cooking boxes

My Cooking Box is an Italian start – up specialized in delivering cooking boxes containing high quality ingredients already measured up to prepare home (or basically everywhere) Italian Gourmet recipes.

The idea is simple: the new- co selects and measure up top ingredients to prepare special recipes and deliver it to food lovers willing to cook the best Italian specialties for their guests.

The first crowd funding campaign was launched by the company founder (a 30- years old lady) 2 years ago with the aim of collecting 50.000 euro. At the end of the campaign the project collected 4 times more than expected with a total amount of 200.000 euro thus allowing its founder to create an ad- hoc e- commerce platform, to widen the offer with new cooking boxes and to enter both national, and international market.

The second crowd funding campaign was launched last summer on Mamacrowd, one of the main Italian equity crowd funding platforms. In one month 500.000 euro were collected. After only few hours from the campaign’s launch more than 100% of the goal was reached and it went over funded by around 253% 2 weeks before the end of the campaign. The investors decided to trust a project promoting the export of the best made in Italy cooking and food tradition and the opening of a store in Milan is foreseen in the months to come.

Cooking box represents one of the example of a growing industry based on equity crowd funding which has grown by 150% over the Italian territory in 2017., according to the latest report by Starteed, a crowd company developing solutions for crowd funders.


ShapeMe: wellness on demand

ShapeMe is the first online service for the booking of professional massages for individuals and companies. It was born in Bologna (Italy) and it was the protagonist of a successful campaign on the Mamacrowd equity crowdfunding platform, collecting over 100 thousand euros.

Modern society is characterized by an increasingly sedentary lifestyle: on average, we spend more than 9 hours a day, while 7 spend them lying down sleeping. This has negative consequences both on our health and on our mood.

For these reasons, attention to psychophysical wellbeing and the wellness market are phenomena of rapid growth, especially in the most developed economies. The global wellness market is worth 3.71 trillion dollars, more than 3 times the pharmaceutical industry.

The means by which people seek wellness are no longer medicines but a healthy lifestyle, made of healthy nutrition and physical and mental training.

Within this market, the demand for professional massages covers an important slice and is worth $ 94B worldwide, $ 29.8B at the European level, and $ 2.8B at the Italian level.

ShapeMe’s service is already active in many Italian provinces and has a network of more than 320 certified and personally selected masseurs who, with only 4 hours’ notice, reach customers, where and when they want, with a cot and everything needed for massages.

Companies are offered the Corporate Wellness service that helps to improve the employees productivity, retain them, and increase the ability to attract talent.

Chair massages, indoor and outdoor training, but also Check-ups and Educational services.

Capital raising through equity crowdfunding has enabled and will enable the company to: expand the offer to individuals with home physiotherapy and osteopathy services; expand the coverage of b2c services; increase digital marketing investments for the acquisition of private and business customers; insert a figure dedicated to sales and marketing activities; participate in fairs and events dedicated to HR managers; continue the process of improving the platform’s performance and usability.

Musicraiser, the platform where artists can launch their crowdfunding campaigns!

Music Raiser is an innovative digital platform where a team of young experts in digital strategies and fundraising coming from the music business helps you in building up your musical project through the web. Musicraiser is direct-to-fan platform where artists, musicians and bands can launch their crowd funding campaign and promote their music effectively! These are the numbers of Musicraiser in Italy:

– 5 million euros distributed to artists in 5 years

– 152.234 raiser

– 1303 projects funded until February 2018

– 39 projects financed since January 2018

– In Italy about 1000 albums have been published in 2017 and 200 albums have been financed by Musicraiser about 20%

Since crowdfunding, especially in music, is an increasingly popular method, Musicraiser can give some advice: which are the 8 major mistakes to avoid when launching your music crowdfunding project?
1. Be clear: Chose one main goal and go for it. Campaigns with several aims generally confuse the public and prospect funders. Take in mind your fans often do not tell the difference between production, mastering, recording and so on. Just be clear and simple in describing your project.
2. Do not ask for more than you need: your economic objective must be reachable and proportioned to your fan base. It is much better to raise more than expected rather than not reaching the goal. So before setting it, check your fan page and fan list.
3. Do not wait for miracles: a crowd funding campaign needs creativity in designing it and consistency in collecting. A major mistake is to talk about the campaign before launching it, and then forget about it once it is online as it can go on by itself. Reality is drastically different and your fans will participate only if they consistently feel that the project is important for you. So, Focus on it!
4. Do not stress your fan base: Communication is the key, use it in a smart way. You are promoting something important for you. Do not be boring and repetitive. The right way to communicate is storytelling so tell your story in a honest and direct way and remember to be loyal to your style, let people feel part of it. Publish pictures, anecdotes, thanksgiving videos as well as any material you can identify with.
5. Shoot a powerful presentation video: keep in mind that the video is like a business card. You should be able to convince in no more than 1:30/ 2 minutes your public in participating your project. Remember to shoot the video with the same passion and creativity you put in composing your music.
6. Do not offer ordinary rewards: remember that nobody will be interested in your plectrum unless you are one of the Artic Monkeys… your fan wants exclusive rewards, things they cannot find everywhere. Be creative!
7. Start the right way: the beginning of your campaign is crucial and it will directly affect the results. You will not have a second chance to impress your public. Start from the closest circles (Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram). If they participate you will probably increase your base.
8. Don’t be late in rewarding your supporters: People gave you trust and the chance to make your dream come true reward them in short terms or, in case you know you can reward them in the medium long term only, communicate it to your fans.

Have a good crowdfunding time!