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We will make carrying children on your shoulders safe - and easy. Wir machen das Schultertragen von Kindern sicher und leicht! ShoGo!
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Find the English version at the end of the German text.

Worum geht es in dem Projekt?

Der ShoGo ist ein Tragegurt für Kinder, die schon auf den Schultern getragen werden können. Als Produkt ist der ShoGo bestechend simpel. Er besteht aus einem längenverstellbaren Hauptgurt, der über den Rücken gelegt wird. Die Enden werden mit zwei Schnallen an den Füßen des Kindes befestigt. Zwei Schnallen deshalb, um die Sicherheit zu erhöhen. Das schlichte Design des Gurtes ermöglicht ein unkompliziertes Anlegen und gewährleistet ein sehr geringes Packmaß. Das Gewicht des Gurtes liegt bei etwa 100g und dabei ist er nicht größer als ein zusammengerollter Gürtel. Der ShoGo kann auch bequem mit einem Rucksack getragen werden. Durch die Fixierung an den Schienbeinen (oder Knöcheln) gibt er Kindern einen stabilen Halt, auch wenn sie mal zappeln.

Was sind die Ziele und wer ist die Zielgruppe?

Grundsätzlich alle Eltern, deren Kinder gerne die Welt von oben sehen. Aber auch jene, die bisher ungern ein Kind auf der Schulter getragen haben, da man für einen sicheren Griff beide Beine festhalten muss. Mit dem ShoGo kann man ein Kind auf der Schulter tragen und das Zweite an die Hand nehmen. Als Eltern kennen wir andere Eltern und so wissen wir aus dem positiven Echo unseres Umfelds, aber auch von völlig fremden Menschen, dass so ein Produkt gefehlt hat. Wir hoffen, dass noch viele Eltern, Großeltern, Tanten und Onkel erkennen, wie hilfreich der ShoGo ist.

Warum sollte jemand dieses Projekt unterstützen?

Ich wurde tatsächlich bei Wanderungen oder in der Stadt öfter auf meinen Gurt angesprochen und erst daraus hat sich der Gedanke entwickelt, dass diese Lösung nicht nur für uns, sondern auch für andere Eltern sinnvoll ist. Meinem engeren Freundeskreis konnte ich mit selbstgemachten Exemplaren aushelfen, aber nun wollen wir den Gurt für alle zur Verfügung stellen.

Was passiert mit dem Geld bei erfolgreicher Finanzierung?

Die Unterstützung benötigen wir, um das Produkt, welches bisher eine Miniserie von 500 Stück umfasst, in größerem Umfang produzieren zu können. Dafür haben wir einen großen deutschen Gurthersteller gefunden, der uns bei der Entwicklung eines sicheren Produktes unterstützt.

Wer steht hinter dem Projekt?

Mein Name ist Sven Schog, Englisch- und Sportlehrer aus Bonn. Auf vielen Ausflügen und Wanderungen, aber auch bei täglichen Besorgungstouren habe ich meine Kinder auf den Schultern getragen. Durch meine Erfahrungen im Klettern kam ich auf die Idee, ein Tragesystem aus einfachen Seilen zu knüpfen, um meine Kinder sicher auf den Schultern tragen zu können und gleichzeitig die Hände frei zu haben. Diverse Prototypen haben eine lange Erprobungsphase, viele Ausflüge sowie einer Bergtour über 1400 Höhenmeter mitgemacht. Den Gurt stattete ich bewusst mit jeweils zwei Schnallen pro Fuß aus, weil ein sicherer Halt mein Hauptziel war. Meine kleine Familie ist bereits auf fünf Mitglieder angewachsen und da ist es wirklich hilfreich, wenn man die Hände frei hat.

English Version

What is ShoGo?

Carrying your children on your shoulders is fun, but it requires you to hold their legs. Wouldn’t it be great if your child could ride on your shoulders without you needing to use your hands?

ShoGo is Safe

ShoGo’s ultra-strong nylon fiber is capable of holding over 1000 lbs, and the duel-strap design ensures that your child’s ankles are firmly but comfortable secured at all times.

ShoGo is Intuitive

With a simple click of the buckles, your child is secured on your shoulders, and that’s it! Removing it is just as easy, and can be done with one hand. It’s also fully adjustable to adapt to various sizes of children and adults.

ShoGo is Ultra Portable

ShoGo weighs less than 4 ounces, and easily rolls up to fit into a pocket, purse or a small bag.

ShoGo is Comfortable

Not only is the strap itself comfortable for both of you, but because you’re not engaging as many muscles in your arms and shoulders to carry the child (and they don’t need to hold on to you), you’ll both be able to go further, longer, with much less fatigue.

ShoGo is fun

Experiencing the world with our children is so important, but it can be fatiguing. On your shoulders, they are engaged and looking around. Carrying them on your back would block a lot of their view, and it isn’t engaging. On the ground, they’ll lose steam trying to keep up and still occupy a hand. Plus, it’s difficult to navigate through crowds, and their view would still be blocked by all the people. On your shoulders, children can see the world as you see it, and you can engage and point to things, while they are safely out of the way of foot traffic. Stairs, crowds, uneven terrain—all of these become much easier to navigate with ShoGo.

ShoGo is designed to minimize the physical burden of getting your kids out and about. You’ll get more exercise, they’ll get more quality time out in the world. Children learn by seeing, and on your shoulders, they’ll get a much better view of everything that’s going on around them. And if you’re the kind of person that carries a bag or a backpack, ShoGo works with either perfectly. If your child wants to walk on their own for a little while, no problem. Taking ShoGo on and off is easy, and it takes up almost no room.

Who is the target market?

Parents. Especially parents who like going out into the world with their children, but who wish the process was easier and more fun. But it’s also great for kids. They’ll see more, engage more, and they’ll like going out more.

Why should you invest?

As an avid hiker and city dweller in Germany, I needed to find a way to make it easier to take my son out and about. He loved riding on my shoulders, but it occupied my hands. I didn’t feel safe going up rocks or uneven terrain without a way to catch myself if I stumbled, and he was too small to handle that kind of hiking himself. So I developed a version out of rope. It instantly became easier to move about when my son didn’t have to hold on, and I didn’t have to hold his legs. Then I made a more official version with two straps. People began to stop me in the street and ask how he was staying on my shoulders so snugly and comfortably. I showed them the straps I’d made, and how I could point out things to my son and go up steep hills, and how he could wave at passers by. I even helped a few people carry a stroller up some steps with my son on my shoulders. My friends and family asked me to make ShoGos for them, so I made more--with the help of my mother. (Thanks, mom!). And their friends asked them where they’d gotten it, so I made even more. The product was so easy to explain, and you could instantly see how many people saw the value in carrying their children this way. I have since improved the design, and it’s been thoroughly tested (during many holiday trips and outings). I’ve been able to produce a small batch of ShoGos, but now it’s time for the next step. Summer is coming, and I’d like to be able to produce ShoGos for everyone that wants them.

I hope you’ll help me scale production of this fun, engaging, and useful product.

Risks and challenges

We have already successfully produced a small badge of 500 ShoGos. So the only question is, whether or not we will raise enough money to start producing for everybody.

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