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4 Crowdfunding Campaigns That Inspire You to Dream Big

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Are you an entrepreneur who’s ready to turn your dream into your density? There’s no question that dreaming big requires guts, fortitude and a burning passion, but it also takes money. If you have the courage, crowdfunding may be the place to turn for the cash you need to take your product or service to market.

Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are giving people just like you a chance to reach the wallets of people around the world with unheard of ease. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, take a peek at the four fabulous crowdfunding campaigns we’ve uncovered this week.

1. Wag N Go

Why We Like It
If you’re a dog lover who takes your favorite four-legged friend wherever you roam, you’ll want to get to know Wag N Go products.

Made to help you carry all of your doggy essentials, Wag N Go helps ensure you never leave an important pet item behind. The Wag N Go carry bag contains two fresh-seal containers, a silicone travel bowl, and a roomy double fleece sleeping blanket that Fido will surely feel at home with. All the items pack up in a styling, streamlined bag that boasts zipper pockets and an integrated poop bag dispenser.

You’ll never again be scurrying for treat containers or searching for her leash. Get Wag N Go and set off on your next canine adventure well equipped.

Top Pledge Reward
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to jet off to London, you’ve just found it. Pledge £1,000 (about $1,648) and creator Trina Cooper will treat you to lunch, chat with you about her products, and supply your pup with a homemade meal. You’ll be showered with Wag N Go items, including a personalized Wag N Go bag, Wag N’ Treat Bag, Fun Box and A Wag N Scrub Doggie gift set. You’ll also become an official Wag N Go product tester, and if you’d like you’ll be featured on the Wag N Go website. Of course, Cooper will give you a huge shout out on social media too. Travel costs not included.

About the Creator
Passionate about pets, Wag N Go founder Trina Cooper is exceptionally creative and has a history of entrepreneurial success. We’re not surprised her Wag N Go products are enjoying such appeal, and we’re sure we haven’t heard the last of this young, ambitious woman.

2. WalkonSocks

Why We Like It
WalkonSocks proves what we’ve long suspected: not all socks are created equal. Put on a pair of WalkonSocks and enjoy the compliments. WalkonSocks cover your calf in a stylish design and adorn your sole with an equally impressive print.

Made with 80 percent cotton and using a 200 needle count, WalkonSocks are soft and comfy and the patterns are exceptionally detailed. Slip on WalkonSocks and you’ll enjoy a cuff that’s two inches higher than the industry standard, so your socks will never slouch. If you’re a smart dresser that’s always been disappointed with sock selection, you’ve found the ideal solution.

Top Pledge Reward
It’s time to toss all those other socks aside. When you offer up a pledge of $140 or more, you’ll fill up your sock drawer with 12 pairs of WalkonSocks. Add $10 to ship outside of the U.S.

About the Creator
Kevin Clerkin successfully married his business background with his passion for socks and is now on a mission to offer the world unprecedented stylish feet. A smart guy that took a chance, there’s no doubt that WalkonSocks creator Kevin Clerkin is living his dream.

3. Keepod

Why We Like It
It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Approximately 70 percent of the world’s population doesn’t have access to personal computing. Keepod is determined to minimize this startling figure.

Keepod is a $7 USB stick that contains an operating system which can transform any computer into a personal device. Because the operating system is on a portable thumb drive any shared computer can be turned into a person one by simply inserting the stick into the computer’s USB drive.

Abandoned computers destined for the landfill can be distributed to areas where computers are a rarity and shared by a number of users. The Keepod team is working diligently to deliver computer access through its global Keepod Unite Project.

Top Pledge Reward
Pledge $5,000 to Keepod and you’ll do amazing “good” as a corporate partner. On your behalf, 150 Keepod devices will be sent to the Mathare slums of Nairobi, Kenya. You’ll also receive 20 devices, and be featured on the Keepod crowdfunding page and its website. Keepod will provide you with video footage of the project, and when you add an additional $750 to your pledge, you or anyone from your organization can join the Keepod team in Mathare when the project is implemented.

About the Creator
Located around the globe, including London, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt, Paris and Milan, the Keepod crew is exceptionally committed to their vision of giving disadvantaged people everywhere access to computing. Recently, Keepod introduced the Keepod Unite project at the third annual meeting of the Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation held in Vienna, Austria. Well organized and devoted to the idea of reducing the digital divide, the Keepod team deserves your support.

Keepod Unite for Mathare from keepod on Vimeo.

4. Ezebee

Why We Like It
Unique, free and fantastic are just a few words that describe Ezebee, an online social shopping community that helps discerning shoppers connect with small business owners, entrepreneurs and freelancers.

Not quite a year old, the Ezebee community has grown impressively, and the website is now available in seven languages and boasts users from 85 countries. Whether you’re a shopper who is searching for that amazing one-of-a-kind gift or you need the help of a freelance designer or artist, you’ll find creative talent at Ezebee.  If you’re a small business owner, freelancer, or creator you can post your products and services at no charge. Best yet, you won’t pay posting fees and you can post an unlimited number of posts.

Ezebee is using the crowdfunding money it raises to help launch a mobile app as well as enhance website features.

Top Pledge Reward
When you make a pledge of $100 or more, Ezebee will thank you with a Showroom Spotlight Interview or Showroom Announcement in EzebeeMag. Ezebee’s eMagazine gets about 20,000 hits per month. If you’re looking to get your product or service noticed, you’ll get lots of return on your investment from your Ezebee pledge.

About the Creator
Inventor and CEO of Ezebee, Ossian Vogel is a multi-talented father of four who undoubtedly knows the challenges of running a business and a family simultaneously. In addition to being a task-master, he’s also a self-proclaimed globe trotter who has a knack for launching winning startups like Ezebee.

ezebee.com from ezebee.com on Vimeo.

Behind every successful crowdfunding campaign is someone who was brave enough to risk it all. Now it’s your turn. Which campaign has inspired you to do the same?

Alexia Chianis

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