At the19th annual University of Washington Business Plan Competition in May, JikoPower had the hottest idea in the room and took home the $25,000 grand prize. Now the Seattle startup is looking for more funding to get more people charged up about its signature product, the Spark.
A Kickstarter campaign that runs through Nov. 30 is seeking $50,000 to help JikoPower ramp up production of the Spark — a thermoelectric generator that captures and converts excess heat from campfires or stoves into electricity. The hand-held Spark charges USB devices like cell phones, batteries and LED lights.
While the Spark is great for camping trips when you may need to bring power back to a dying cell phone, the company stresses that disaster situations are a more pressing situation in which the device may be vital. Users would be able to charge USB-enabled devices so they could stay informed and communicate with family, friends and rescue workers, as well as power LED lights, in the event of an emergency.
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