Something positive for a Friday … I don’t know if you remember, but in July I wrote about the Kite Patch, a new weapon being developed to combat the ever-advancing mosquito.
Kite Patch, an ieCrowd company, needed to raise $75,000 to field test the product in Uganda and had launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.
Rather wonderfully, they have managed to completely smash their target, raising over $500,000 from more than 11,000 backers in just six weeks.
The generosity of our global community means that the field test is now seven times larger. 150,000 rather than 20,000 Kite Patches will be sent to the most severely malaria-ridden areas of Uganda, to provide families with years of protection against mosquitoes.
Commenting on the conclusion of the Indiegogo campaign, Amro Albanna, ieCrowd’s Chairman and CEO, said: We are very proud of and grateful for the support we received from the crowd in this campaign. True to ieCrowd’s mission, we asked the crowd to support us in developing this world-changing technology, and they responded with overwhelming generosity, excitement, and optimism. In fact, the success of the Kite Patch campaign is a perfect example of the power of ieCrowd’s model. By working together, and by empowering the crowd, we can transform an innovative discovery into actual market-driven solutions.
Restores one’s faith in the human race doesn’t it?
Watch this space, as I’m determined to follow Kite Patch’s journey.