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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 17 2019 8:40 PM UTC +00:00
$923
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
22
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 17 2019 8:40 PM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

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About

AZILI

At Azili we have been helping people without access to clean water for two years because we believe everyone deserves clean water (over 5,000 people helped to date). However, we can only do so much on our own. We need your help to continue to grow our efforts.

Goal

Our goal is to raise $75,000 during our 30 day campaign in order to begin large scale production and distribution of AZILI sparkling water in stores. Our promise is to donate 10% of sales to providing water to those in need. This 10% of profits is solely from the sale of AZILI products post Kickstarter, as it is against Kickstarter's policy for funds raised here to go to charity. These funds are meant to help bring this project to life. 

How it works

When you purchase your sparkling water in stores 3% goes directly to infrastructure building. The remaining 7% is placed in a fund that does several things:

First, it provides for our local outreach; yes, there are people right here in Atlanta without clean water! 

Second, it provides for development. Which entails a team of engineers working on intelligent solutions to water issues we are currently facing.

Third, it provides for disaster relief efforts. 

Lastly, at the end of the year we match existing funds with outstanding projects in our sister organizations and ask customers to vote on what projects they would like to see funded. The favored project(s) is then funded. If possible we travel to the project and assist in its completion and document that process so we can show directly how your purchase is effecting change in our world.

We are going big.  

We know small is beautiful but lets be honest, there hundreds of millions of people without clean water so big is the kind of impact we will settle for. We know the more of a common product Azili Sparkling Water becomes the closer we get to a world where everyone not only deserves water, they have it.

But ... there is a catch, sparkling water is not a high price point item. This means that in order to make a big impact we have to sell A LOT OF IT! It also means we have to purchase our packaging components in huge volume to get our prices down low and be competitive with the big boys. 

I am not going to tell you we don't have competition on the small scale, because we do, but if we are going to achieve our mission, we are going to need to operate on a large scale and fast. We have done all the leg work. Now we need your help. 

We are only a conduit, you are Azili, without you we are nothing. Please, support our Kickstarter but don't stop there. Vote with every dollar you can for the change you want to see in the world. We are believing in you. Because ... 

Risks and challenges

Below I have highlighted a the major issues with a project of this scale. Obviously, there are innumerable things that can go wrong when starting a business but for the sake of Kickstarter, I will focus on the aspects which relate directly to the things being produced exclusively for the Kickstarter.

Production

There are so many things that can prevent packaging from taking place; For example, while canning carbonated beverages even a few degrees increase in temperature or even a small scratch on key equipment can make the process become impossible.

The best thing to combat this potential issue is knowledge! Luckily, I not only have a degree in engineering from Georgia Tech, where I studied production, I also have years of experience with beverage packaging. What's more, is my experience was not in one place, it was in manufacturing facilities all over the southeast. This means I have dealt with literally hundreds of unique beverages, and I know a lot of friends to call on if things get weird.

Lots of pieces and parts

Even simple things become complex when you have a lot of them in concert. This problem is compounded when all the parts depend on one another. You can make all the sparkling water in the world but if you have no can to put it in it, it will be of no use. This is mostly a concern for the packages of Azili sparkling water as that one little package has more than 10 components each one having their own considerations.

The key here is hard work, planning and backups. You have to know your lead times on all the components that comprise your product. You have to account for error, delays and failure on the part of the people and things you work with. And when things get "stuck" you have to know how and when to change out a part or swap a manufacturer of the component that is causing issue. Having good knowledge of all your components, the market and the suppliers that operate in it is crucial, as is knowing a network of people to call on when your own knowledge is in sufficient.

Fortunately, I am used to being pulled in all directions and I work well under pressure. I was in college for five years but when I graduated I had three degrees, completed the ROTC program from a senior military academy (North Georgia University) and held down multiple jobs throughout that time. I feel I was successful then as I will be now because of four things; I work hard, I don't underestimate what I am up against, I do my research, I am persistent. When you fight for more than the sake of yourself, failure never seems an option.

Shipping

This is a big one, especially when your project becomes increasingly successful, labor goes way up, costs soar and things can get out of hand fast!

The best thing to understand here is that even the best hard working team can only do so much. It is therefore very important to know your limits and have a plan in place for when you are nearing your limits. Employing a fulfillment service even while your team is still hard at work can be the best thing to do in order to live up to your promise and keep your backers informed and happy!

I have always been someone who pushed the limits of what I thought possible. When you push your limits you better understand who you are, what you are capable of, and you can then move your potential beyond those limits. When you reach past your grasp you come to understand your gifts in life, not just for yourself but for everyone.

~Maurice

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    Thank You

    You've got five on it. And we have a digital thank you to express our sincere gratitude for your support.

    This is a way to help out without us incurring cost. You can donate any amount and you don't have to worry about any merchandise. We get you and we thank you.

    You are helping pave the way for us to create a lasting impact on the future!

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    Everyone Deserves Water Sticker

    Thats right, a sweet Azili sticker to decorate your water bottle or computer with...or wherever it is you feel the need to put a stickers on!

    And we sent you triumphant digital thanks for being stuck on us!

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    Stick 'em Up!

    Let's face it we are really grateful you're stuck on us! So we are sending you three stickers to feed your furry.

    Stickers are fun.

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    Handwritten Thank You Note

    Because everyone loves to receive snail mail that isn't a bill, and because we really do appreciate your donations!

    P.S. You'll be getting a sticker too;)

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    Azili Definition T-Shirt

    Super soft blue Alternative Apparel Azili T-shirt.

    Azili isn't just fun to say it has a meaning. Shirt reads:

    AZILI -/ə-zē-lē/ - the exhilarating feeling in your heart when you help others.

    Catch the feeling with the snuggly tee you won't want to stop wearing!

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    Azili Glassware

    A 16oz. can shaped glass with the Azili logo! You can use this perfect custom glass to sip your Azili soda water out of, while feeling good about yourself for helping those in need.

    We are grateful your glass is clearly more than half full!

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    Azili Sparkling Water - 4pk

    You believe in creating something that matters. You know what fine sparking water costs and so do we, but you want more. You want to help create a company with a lasting impact and you want a 4-pack from one of the first 1,000 cases we make.

    We'll ship you a pack of our first run of Azili sparkling water, with an Azili sticker as well!
    (message us for local Atlanta pick up)

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    Azili Nalgene

    This is not only a great way to show your support for our project, it is a great way to show others your passion for people's right to clean water. And your into it because your the kind of person that ... holds water! (see what we did there lol)

    Staying hydrated just got a little easier. Azili is knowing you are helping others and it is a good feeling, drink it in!

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    Azili Lover Pack (World)

    Ok, so you like what we are doing and you want to see us succeed. You're something to write home about!

    Here is what you receive, in addition to our eternal gratefulness: an Azili T-shirt, a Nalgene or a 16oz. can shaped glass, and 3 stickers!

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    Azili Lover Pack (USA)

    Ok, so you like what we are doing and you want to see us succeed. You're something to write home about! AND you're on the home team, score.

    Here is what you receive, in addition to our eternal gratefulness: an Azili 4-pack, a T-shirt, a Nalgene or a 16oz. can shaped glass, and 5 stickers!

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    Azili Duo

    You are glorious and you understand 'sharing is caring', which is why you want two of everything! Thank you for spreading the love, we see you.

    You and a friend will be sipping sparkling water in style with two tees, two Nalgenes or two glasses or one of each, our writer appreciation, and hand full of stickers. Cheers!

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    Name Dropper

    Your name or any family friendly text you like will go on the bottom of an entire run of cans.

    This is a great option to really show crucial support for our project. Sometimes the rewards you can't "hold in your hand" are the best ... and lets face it, having your name printed beneath our entire run of cans is next level coolness! (approximately 20 characters)

    Plus you will get a custom swag pack of items above for being such an awesome human.

    Note: One run is approximately 1,000 cases, or 24,000 cans!

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    Your Name There - 2nd Run

    BOSS option #2

    Your name or any family friendly text you like will go on the bottom of our entire second run of cans. Sometimes the rewards you can't "hold in your hand" are the best ... and lets face it, having your name printed beneath our entire first run of cans is next level coolness! (approximately 20 characters)

    Plus you will get a custom swag pack of items from above for being an awesome human.

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    Your Name Here - 1st Run

    BOSS option #1

    Want your name or your company name printed on the bottom of our entire FIRST RUN of cans? This is your option to really show crucial support for our project. Sometimes the rewards you can't "hold in your hand" are the best ... and lets face it, having your name printed beneath our entire first run of cans is next level coolness! (approximately 20 characters)

    Plus you will get a custom swag pack of items above for being such an awesome human.

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Funding period

- (30 days)