It's our birthday on Sept. 28! 🎉🎈 We’ve spent the first two years 'calibrating our instruments' to find new ways of supporting emerging entrepreneurs. For our third year, we’ll be focused on Phase 2, detecting and securing sustainable support, to move The Stardust-Startup Factory to the next level. Thank you for being on this voyage of discovery with us! ✨
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We awarded three new grants in Spring 2017!
Read about our newly funded projects below.
This social venture led by a student group from Montreal, Canada aims to increase the food security and spendable income of refugee communities by supplying them with a low-cost direct substitute for firewood: briquettes made of agricultural waste. Stardust’s grant helped fund their pilot project at the Timagolo refugee camp in Cameroon this summer. Stay tuned to their Facebook and our site for updates!
Hound is a makerspace based in Austin, Texas that provides small business resources (brand consultations, access to wholesale products, legal advice, technology) to independent makers and artisans for a membership fee. This project supports the high-quality, American-made movement that is currently in high demand by consumers and a positive step for individual makers.
This unique invention, which is awaiting a patent, is a silent, ion-powered aircraft that is self-contained, which means it can lift its own power source. It has a remote control, and future versions of this technology could be autonomous, fly higher, and be even more powerful. Stardust's grant funded an important piece of the updated aircraft that will allow for these progressive changes.