Student Startup Is Raising Funds To Give Children A Chance
March 30, Tampa, Fla – A student team from the University of Tampa has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to provide educational and hygiene eco-friendly products to families living in urban slums. The campaign is run in partnership with The Hult Prize Foundation.
Growing up in high-poverty neighborhoods seriously undermines children’s well-being and long-term life chances. By the age of 3, these kids already have half of the vocabulary of their higher-income peers. Most of themstruggle with health issues, problems at school and end up having very limited employment options, continuing the cycle of poverty.
Bamboost team aims to break this cycle by introducing interactive educational tools for babies and toddlers and affordable bamboo-fiber hygiene products for their parents. These products will be accompanied by monthly educational curriculum books to help parents teach their children baby sign language, motor, reading and writing skills, math, and speed up their social and emotional development. To encourage parents, the startup offers a monthly discount on future purchases for the families that successfully reach monthly developmental milestones through the use of the curriculum.
The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is run in partnership with The Hult Prize Foundation, a startup accelerator for social enterprises, which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. It has been named by TIME amongst the top five ideas changing the world and is the world’s largest student competition and crowdsourcing platform for social good.
Bamboost crew is one of the top 10 teams out of the 20,000 groups that applied for this year’s Hult Prize Competition. The winners receive $1 Million after participating in the Hult Prize global finals at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting hosted by President Clinton in New York Cityin September.
“We want to give the children a chance at a life beyond poverty and sickness and to unlock the opportunities to succeed in education, professional and social life. We want every child to know: “Just because you were born in a poor country or a neighborhood, doesn’t mean you have no choice.” Said Bijen Patel, one of the co-founders of the social enterprise.
The student startup is striving to raise $20,000 on Indiegogo to fund the production of the educational toolkits and hygiene products and is planning to launch their operations in Brazil this summer. The campaign supporters will receive beautiful eco-friendly products and sponsor the gifts to Brazilian families.
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