ASU Startup G3 Box Prepares to Ship First Maternity Clinic to Africa

Student Company uses crowd funding to secure capital to ship lifesaving first product to Kenya.

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Ultimately, our goal is to save and sustain lives in developing countries. Getting the word out about this campaign to support the installation of our first clinic in Kenya is just the beginning

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) May 08, 2013

G3Box, part of ASU’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative based at ASU SkySong, has reached a significant milestone for their young company. Over the past two years, G3Box has been working to successfully create and develop a solution for delivering quality healthcare to communities that do not currently have access to it. The hard work is paying off. G3Box’s first clinic is complete and, in collaboration with IMEC America, is ready to be shipped to Kenya. The clinic, the equipment, and the logistics are in place to send this life saving clinic to Kenya; now all that is needed are the final funds to get it shipped and installed. G3Box has launched a campaign on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to help secure the funds needed to send their first container to Kenya.

G3Box, a company dedicated to passionately pursuing solutions to healthcare concerns around the world with a commitment to integrity, humility, and collaboration, repurposes abandoned shipping containers into portable, on-demand medical clinics. The first application of their clinics is to address the crisis of maternal fatalities in the developing world. Kenya has an incredibly high mortality rate among birthing mothers, which is why G3Box founders are shipping their first clinic there. There are women in the developing world who currently give birth on dirt floors in unsanitary and dangerous conditions. The Indiegogo campaign was launched to help G3Box raise the capital needed to get their container on the ground in Kenya to provide safer, healthier places for women to access maternal care.

The goal of G3Box’s crowdfunding campaign is to raise $17,650, and there are less than 10 days left to donate to the cause. G3’s campaign has already sparked incredible community involvement and support. Scottsdale, Arizona based, Axosoft contributed substantially to the campaign. After Hamid Shojaee, Axosoft CEO, saw the campaign from a friends post on Facebook, he quickly encouraged his employees to contribute with the incentive that Axosoft would match each donation 4:1.

"I recently came back from a vacation to Africa, one of the most amazing places I have visited,” said Shojaee. “During this vacation we went to a local village and witnessed first-hand how beneficial a simple health clinic could be to Africa's poor communities. It's the type of thing that actually saves lives. It is not just for research in the hope for an eventual cure that might someday save lives – these clinics actually save lives using simple technologies we already have in the modern world."

“Our team was very humbled to see the generosity from Axosoft and the rest of our supporters. G3Box has had more than 90 contributors to our campaign so far,” Susanna Young, CEO and co-founder of G3Box said. “Ultimately, our goal is to save and sustain lives in developing countries. Getting the word out about this campaign to support the installation of our first clinic in Kenya is just the beginning.”

G3Box is fully utilizing the new and unique concept of crowdfunding. On their campaign site, http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/g3box-ship-a-maternity-clinic-to-kenya, there is a brief introduction video that explains their background and plans for the clinic. They have also been able to create incentives and special programs to encourage donations. Most recently, G3Box created a “Mother’s Day” perk on their campaign page. Donors are able to contribute funds in honor of their mothers and G3Box will send a personal email message to that mother informing her of the donation made in her honor.

“Indiegogo has made sharing the campaign very easy,” said Young. “It is an excellent way to get the word out about the G3Box efforts, in addition to facilitating the donation process.”

G3Box has been supported in their venture acceleration by ASU’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative. The Edson Accelerator helps students from all university disciplines accelerate their ventures by providing funding, office space and mentorship. G3Box is one of twenty-five student ventures that were awarded support for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative is a part of ASU’s Venture Catalyst program within the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development.

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About G3Box: (http://www.g3boxllc.com)
G3Box is an organization with the mission to save lives around the world by taking the experience of partners on the ground, the generosity of inspired individuals, the expertise of architects, designers, engineers, construction workers, and shippers to create an exceptional health facility all within a steel shipping container.

About the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative: (http://studentventures.asu.edu)
The Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative provides funding, office space and mentorship to teams of students from all university disciplines. This accelerator gives student entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their innovative ideas and launch viable businesses. As an integral program of ASU Venture Catalyst, the Edson accelerator gives students access to seasoned entrepreneurs, industry mentors and other Venture Catalyst programs that enable them to advance enterprise.

About ASU Venture Catalyst: (http://asuventurecatalyst.org/p/)
ASU Venture Catalyst equips high potential startups for success. The Catalyst, a joint effort between the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), assists university students, faculty and staff, as well as local and global companies, with launching startups or accelerating existing ventures. Based at ASU SkySong, The Catalyst offers investor connections, technology road maps, go-to-market strategy consulting, mentoring opportunities, and several other programs and services, all designed to identify and develop investment-grade companies.


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