After Surpassing 200 Percent of Its Goal on Kickstarter, FlameStower Leverages Its Success to Support a New Partnership in Kenya

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FlameStower, the award-winning device that charges cell phones from fire, is announcing a new award on its KickStarter campaign, “Stowers for Alex.” With the $100 “Stowers For Alex” award, backers receive a FlameStower Fire Charger with 100 percent of profits going to buy manufacturing equipment for the Victorian Innovation Center in Kenya.

After surpassing 200 percent of its goal on Kickstarter, FlameStower leverages its success to support a new partnership in Kenya.

FlameStower, the award-winning device that charges cell phones from fire is announcing a new award on its KickStarter campaign, “Stowers for Alex.” With the $100 “Stowers For Alex” award, backers receive a FlameStower Fire Charger with 100 percent of profits going to buy manufacturing equipment for the Victorian Innovation Center in Kenya. The manufacturing equipment will enable production of products utilizing the sisal plant, a drought resistant crop.

FlameStower’s mission is to deliver the lowest-cost small generator in the world, providing in-home, efficient electricity from cooking fires to power mobile phones and small home lights in the developing world. The company plans to assemble its charger products locally in the developing world markets where they will be sold, and through that effort has built a partnership with an amazing innovator from Kisumu, Kenya. – Mr. Alex Odundo.

Alex, a TED fellow and founder of the VIC, spent the last 15 years independently developing a set of agricultural machines designed to efficiently harvest and process the sisal plant into usable twine and rope. Orders for his sisal harvesting machines are coming in from Kenya, Tanzania, and as far away as South Africa. Yet with no manufacturing equipment to make the machines and no access to business loans or investment to fund his growth, he works overnight at a regional college to produce orders one at a time.

FlameStower wants to change that and is working with Alex to get him the equipment he needs right now. At the same time FlameStower will build the ability to launch local manufacturing in the communities where its devices are most needed.

FlameStower, the award-winning device that charges cell phones from fire, recently launched on Kickstarter.com. Having surpassed 200 percent of its fundraising goal in the first week of its four-week campaign, the FlameStower team is launching into a new crowdfunding effort, pushing innovation and economic growth in emerging markets worldwide.

FlameStower’s Kickstarter campaign can be found at:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/flamestower/flamestower-charge-your-gear-with-fire/posts

About FlameStower, Inc:
FlameStower is an energy product design and manufacturing company that has developed a small, portable generator to capture heat energy from campfires, cook stoves, any open flame, and convert it directly into electricity. Founded by Stanford Engineering students Andrew Byrnes and Adam Kell, FlameStower launched its first product at the Outdoor Retailer show in July 2013.

About Kickstarter:
Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others.

Contact: Jason McGowin
jason(at)flamestower(dot)com
303-859-1543

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