It has been an awesome campaign, but it looks like we are not going to meet our funding goals. We wanted to reach out to talk about a few things: what has been done and where we are headed.
First off, to stay updated on product development and retail distribution (even after this Kickstarter is over), go ahead and enter your email at www.ecoviate.com . We send periodic emails about updates on the company and our products. That way, we can contact all of you directly once we set up a e-commerce site and can buy the product directly from us!
So what have we learned from Kickstarter?
We set up this campaign to learn more about our product and further the development of our existing prototypes. This campaign taught us that there are people out there that are willing to spend money on a technology that solely helps the environment. The biggest challenge in our field is that how do you convince someone to spend money on something that gives a communal gain over a personal benefit. This campaign brought us closer to believe that there are people out there that still care about working together to make a change.
Another key point we have learned over the past 30 days is about our product itself. We do understand that there is still work to be done and now we know that there are people out there willing to help us get there. A countless number of you (engineers, designer, patent lawyers, general enthusiasts) have messaged us about helping us improve our product from the device we have now to something that will be ready for the market.
So where are we headed?
There are many technical and market challenges that we are dealing with, but we are willing to take them on.
Our plan is to spend the next month to month-and-a-half to further the product and get it ready for the market. We hope to remain on our manufacturing plan of starting production in late October. Yes, this is going to take a real push but it is possible. We will make these things 1 by 1 if we need to! Since the Kickstarter did not get fully funded, we will set up an e-commerce site and are currently in conversation with retail distributers (some of which reached out to us because of Kickstarter). We have signed on multiple fleet owners that were so impressed with the product and the potential for collaboration! These pilot programs will be launching around the same time as our launch.
As to right now, we are heading back to school in a few days. (Param is at Vanderbilt and Jonny is at Columbia). We will be getting product development help from some of the best and brightest professors in the country. We have reached out to many professors to help us with many issues that have been brought up throughout this campaign (some of which we did not previously think about!). This includes safety (which is huge), security from theft, elongating the life-span of the filter, and ways to minimize its effect on engine performance. We are working with someone at the EPA about the by-products from the device and the potential waste-management of the sodium carbonate and the product of another mechanism we have been testing. Since the device works as a filter, there is an absorption rate. You can't think of it as a straight chemical reaction, but rather, that co2 is running through a filter and some is being absorbed and some is being captured. Our prototype is set up to dispose of the products after being absorbed. Since this is the case, it effects the amount of material you can put in the device and the efficiency as well. We will be setting up a live-feed to our independent testing so you can check out in real-time how the product is being tested and check out the data being gathered.
We have learned a lot and hope you all will join us on our journey!
I think it would only be appropriate to end the campaign with this quote:
"Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
Thank you. This is only the beginning!