10-Year-Old Getting Crowdfunding For Kangaroo Cup
Lily is a ten year old girl that enjoys pottery. One of the things she noticed is that her grandpa often spills coffee due to his Parkinson’s disease, a condition that Michael J. Fox suffers from and has a foundation around. This is why Lily invented the “Kangaroo Cup.” The Kangaroo Cup is a stackable and reusable cup that is hard to knock over or spill from. She also made it so that her dad would not spill coffee on his keyboard. Lily’s father is a product designer that has successfully brought other products to the market successfully. Lily and her father are raising funding on Indiegogo to bulk manufacture the product in JingDeZhen, China.
This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at +AmitChowdhry
We are launching this project to fund our first production run of 1000 pieces. The samples pictured here and in the video are 1st production samples made at the same facility that will do the production run. The facility we’ve selected for this first run is not a mass production, low cost factory, but a high quality porcelain producer that generally makes decorative vases and tea pots and such. They make the kind of ceramics that JingDeZhen is famous for: “white as jade, bright as a mirror, and harmonic as a bell.” In addition, because they are high temperature fired, they are stronger and less porous that standard ceramics. This makes them more hygienic, easier to clean and harder to stain.
We chose JingDeZhen for our source because of the high quality and the ability of the artisans there to help us work through our initial production issues. If the project is successful, we will likely need to move to more conventional manufacturing sources to reduce cost, but today, JingDeZhen China provides a nice reward for our early supporters.