The 10 most successful crowdfunding campaigns in Oregon


081915 crowdfundingmainBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

One of the hottest new investment trends has proven quite lucrative for some companies.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

081915-crowdfundingmain

One of the hottest new investment trends has proven quite lucrative for some companies.

The crowdfunding push mirrors the Oregon ethos — independence, fueled by a dash of community. And the products headlining this list illustrate the quirkiness of Willamette Valley culture — from tech gadgets to lightsabers to a pint glass that includes Mt. Hood.

Click through for the 10 most lucrative crowdfunding campaigns in Oregon.


10. Digispark

digispark

Headquarters: Portland

Amount raised: $313,218

Original goal: $5,000

Number of backers: 5,964

Description:

The micro-sized, Arduino enabled, usb development board – cheap enough to leave in any project!

(SOURCE: Kickstarter)


9. Minaal Carry-on

minaal

Headquarters: Portland

Amount raised: $341,393

Original goal: $30,000

Number of backers: 1,634

Description:

The perfect travel bag is easy to pack, carry & use – and helps you stay professional. It’s a backpack – that packs like a suitcase.

(SOURCE: Kickstarter)


8. Xia: Legends of a Drift System

xia

Headquarters: Lincoln City

Amount raised: $346,772

Original goal: $100,000

Number of backers: 3,293

Description:

Customize your starship, explore, trade, mine, fight and become a Legend! A 3-5 player sandbox style tabletop miniatures adventure!

(SOURCE: Kickstarter)


7. Arduboy

arduboy

Headquarters: Portland

Amount raised: $433,038

Original goal: $25,000

Number of backers: 7,221

Description:

Arduboy, the game system the size of a credit card. The easiest way to play, make and share 8-bit games! Powered by Arduino!

(SOURCE: Kickstarter)


6. North Drinkware: Mt. Hood, the Oregon Pint Glass

northdrinkware

Headquarters: Portland

Amount raised: $531,581

Original goal: $15,000

Number of backers: 5,620

Description:

North Drinkware designs and produces handmade glasses for drinking craft beer. Made in Portland, OR. Inspired by the mountains.

(SOURCE: Kickstarter)


5. Two Guys SpaceVenture

twoguys

Headquarters: Eugene

Amount raised: $539,767

Original goal: $500,000

Number of backers: 10,809

Description:

Remember the Space Quest series from Sierra’s duo the Two Guys From Andromeda? Well they are back & making a brand new SpaceVenture™!

(SOURCE: Kickstarter)


4. Adaptive Saber Parts

lightsaber

Headquarters: Portland

Amount raised: $799,633

Original goal: $100,000

Number of backers: 1,994

Description:

Adaptive Saber Parts “ASP” are highly detailed modular saber parts that let anyone build a beautiful custom saber with electronics.

(SOURCE: Kickstarter)


3. Elevation Dock

dock

Headquarters: Portland

Amount raised: $1,464,706

Original goal: $75,000

Number of backers: 12,521

Description:

Undocking’s a breeze and it works with cases. Built at a whole new level of quality with a beautifully minimal design.

(SOURCE: Kickstarter)


2. The uKeg Pressurized Growler for Fresh Beer

ukeg

Headquarters: Portland

Amount raised: $1,559,525

Original goal: $75,000

Number of backers: 10,293

Description:

The uKeg™ growler keeps beer fresh and cold on the go. Vacuum insulated stainless steel with carbonation cap, pressure gauge and tap.

(SOURCE: Kickstarter)


1. COOLEST COOLER

coolestcooler

Headquarters: Portland

Amount raised: $13,285,226

Original goal: $50,000

Number of backers: 62,642

Description:

The COOLEST is a portable party disguised as a cooler, bringing blended drinks, music and fun to any outdoor occasion.

(SOURCE: Kickstarter)


Top 5 Indiegogo campaigns

 

1. bRight Switch

  • Headquarters: Bend
  • Amount raised/original goal/#of backers: $128,905/$115,000/612
  • Description: “Replace light switches with beautiful images and simple touch-screen commands for lights, security, music, phone and more.”

2. Build Gateway Green

 

  • Headquarters: Portland
  • Amount raised/original goal/#of backers: $123,880/$100,000/756
  • Description: “A hidden treasure sits in East Portland: 38 acres of unused, partially wooded land. We have the opportunity to transform this public asset into Gateway Green.”

3. The Wayfinding Academy

 

  • Headquarters: Portland
  • Amount raised/original goal/#of backers: $113,780/$200,000/429
  • Description: “Replace light switches with beautiful images and simple touch-screen commands for lights, security, music, phone and more.”

4. App Camp For Girls 3.0

 

  • Headquarters: Portland
  • Amount raised/#of backers: $109,080/1,136
  • Description: “Promoting gender diversity in software with a creative and fun program building iPhone apps.”

5. The Canticle of the Black Madonna

 

  • Headquarters: Portland
  • Amount raised/original goal/#of backers: $75,435/$75,000/201
  • Description: “A groundbreaking opera transforming the lives of veterans dealing with PTSD.”