Kickstarter in Columbus, After Potato Salad
Following the surprising success of the potato salad crowd-funding campaign, more local Kickstarters have been cropping up.
Raised: $110,567 (not funded)
Sculptify, a company that builds a unique 3-D printer, raised $10,000 more than its goal-on paper. After the campaign ended, they discovered at least $20,000 had been donated with fraudulent credit cards. "We chose to refund everything," says Slade Simpson, co-founder and CEO. Now Sculptify is leveraging publicity from the Kickstarter campaign to get private investors on board.
Raised: $63,401 (funded)
This Olde Towne East carryout specializing in Nashville-style hot fried chicken handily exceeded their goal. Founder Joe DeLoss says the money will be used to start a mobile food truck. And long term? "We want to grow into a series of brick-and-mortar restaurants," he says.
Raised: $276 (not funded)
"It's something we just tried to see if it would work," says co-founder Mike Kopfman of his ramen shop's campaign for money to buy a liquor license. People weren't interested in donating, and even if interest grew, the campaign was accidentally set to run for a mere 10 days, rather than the standard month.
Raised: $10,447 (funded)
Former Veritas Tavern chef Silas Caeton recently left the restaurant to focus on his new boutique apron business, Kitchen + Threads. He says he owes his Kickstarter's success to Veritas regulars: "They were excited for the company."