Hong Kong Design Startup RUBIX Launches Kickstarter Project, Giving Your Smartphone Battery a 60% Boost

Augment We kicked off 2014 with a sold out Startup Saturday event on crowdfunding, and ever since, this year has been bustling with cool news from the community.

While crowdfunding for equity platform Bigcolors fully funded two startups ‘Oddup’ and ‘Verxigo,’ multi-faceted social network Fund2.Me has helped fund seven projects with US $170,000 since their launch in December 2013. In the Kickstarter realm, two Hong Kong projects received full support from backers in the month of March alone. All in all, it’s been a busy time for crowdfunding. See our story on all of these updates.

On our radar is yet another Hong Kong Kickstarter project called AUGMENT from independent design house RUBIX. This campaign particularly piqued our interest because it’s a smartphone battery solution that promises a boost of up to 60%. We had a chat with founder and industrial designer Will Matters to learn more about his startup.

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Where Are They Now: Updates from the Startups at Startup Saturday: Crowdfunding 2014

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According to a world report released at the end of 2013, crowdfunding in China could blow up to US $46-$50 billion in the year 2025 – 50% of which is expected to be funneled into backing startups and businesses around the world.

As Asia begins to share its own crowdfunding success stories, It’s suffice to say that our view on fundraising and supporting startups has changed drastically in a few short years. Following our Startup Saturday Crowdfunding 2014 event back in January, we have a few exciting updates to report in the Kickstarter and crowdfunding for equity arenas.

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The Revolution Will Be Crowdfunded! The Startup Saturday: Crowdfunding 2014 Event Overview

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On January 25, 2014, we played host to a sold out Startup Saturday Hong Kong with a very special spotlight on the local crowdfunding scene.

With just over capacity for 150 attendees, the intimate #SUSHK event was catalyst to great synergy between experienced gurus within the crowdfunding realm and those curious about how it works. Simon Chan, a corporate partner with Dorsey & Whitney (one of our sponsors), led the panels with a keynote on disrupting the traditional commercial behavior and legal environment here in Hong Kong. He noted that the crowdfunding community will need to band together in order to embrace this new phenomenon.

In case you missed it, here’s an overview of the dynamic and disruptive ideas that were shared by a symposium of panel speakers from three groups: crowdfunding on Kickstarter, hardware manufacturing in South China, and crowdfunding capital for startups.

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