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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.


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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.

https://mamacrowd.com/projects/185/my-cooking-box?tab=profilo

 

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.

 

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

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!

https://www.musicraiser.com/it

Advices of crowdfunding for future designers

Who designs the products we use daily? What about those we will use in the next future? Is it possible to produce them by ourselves?

The meaning of being a designer has been slightly changing in the last years and it is consistently evolving towards a more flexible, open, and accessible connotation thanks to crowd funding platforms playing a significant role. The production of design items does not follow a linear path and this is why social media play a crucial role in uniting global communities and in questioning long standing productive and creative systems. According to a recent research by Federlegno, 70% of Italian internal design companies invest at least 2% of their turnover in research and development.

Is this enough? The internet and social media are dramatically changing market balances in the design field. This affects both the production systems and the results of a certain company. Currently there are not huge success stories in this crowdfunding for design products and Italian companies still seem skeptical in this sense.

Nevertheless certain products born on crowd funding platform represent concrete examples of global success. Its the case of “Moon” a lamp funded via Indiegogo platform that reached almost 750% of the original objective in two months. Another example is represented by “The Level” a mobile platform to train in the office that collected 8 times the sum requested to start the production.

Last but not least the “Taga Family Bike” financed via Kick Starter to produce a bike stroller that collected around 100.000 Dollars in few minutes and closed the campaign with a 2 billion and a half dollars.

All these products had some basic steps in common: a story to tell; a strong preparation for the launch of the campaign; a dedicated team and a strong community to rely on.

The Moon: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/luna-bring-the-moon-along-with-you-art#/

The Level: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-level-a-deck-designed-to-set-you-in-motion#/

The Family Bike: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/taga2/taga-20-the-ultimate-most-affordable-family-bike

Can crowdfunding 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 necessary funds 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 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 sustainable 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.