Four Canadian Crowdfunding Campaigns You May Want to Fund This Week



It’s that time of the week when we look at what creative ideas Canadians are raising money to support.

Check out these Canadian crowdfunding picks-of-the-week:


Flame Base Layer

A couple recent University of Toronto engineering grads are looking to help keep people warm this winter with FuelWear’s Flame Base Layer, an intelligent shirt with a battery-powered heating system built in. The developers say it will allow wearers to raise their temperature by 10 degrees for up to three hours, with lower temperatures allowing for longer battery life. It has already raised over $50,000 – more than twice the goal – and some of the perks are sold out but $150 will get you a FuelWear Flame.

Core speaker

A Toronto’sMass Fidelity says its Core speaker is “the most advanced wireless speaker system ever developed.” The developers claim it has better than stereo sound and that the portable system will have a 12-hour battery life. It can plug-in to a record or CD player and play MP3s via Bluetooth. The campaign has already raised more than seven times its goal – reaching over $366,000 but the Core doesn’t come cheap. A US$99 perk will get backers $200 off the purchase price of a Core, while it takes $389 to get the speaker.


Montreal’s Vrvana isn’t the first company to try and crowdfund a virtual reality headset but the company says its Totem will have new features that have never been seen in a VR headset before. It’s compatible with a lot of devices and has built-in hardware acceleration along with high-quality sound. Its raised over $121,000 so far but the project still has a ways to go – the developers are looking to raise $350,000 by Oct. 15. It costs $440 to get a Totem, but there are lower-priced perks.

VR headset

Toronto’s Metatecture is also trying to launch a VR headset – but they’re doing it on a budget. On first glance it may just look like a strap to attach an iPad to your face, it’s a little more than that. It uses lenses to create a 3D environment and the developers have released an open-source SDK so that developers can make apps specifically for the headset. It also takes advantage of the iPad’s built-in motion detection abilities and compatibility with various game pads. It’s raised over $11,000 so far and it it succeeds, AirVRs are scheduled to start shipping in November. A pledge of $49 or more will get backers the headset.



It’s that time of the week when we look at what creative ideas Canadians are raising money to support.Check out these Canadian crowdfunding picks-of-the-week:



An automatic cocktail maker – need we go on? The portable, bluetooth driven mix-master doesn’t have the personality of your neighbourhood bartender, but it can whip up a manhattan faster than Tom Cruise can catch a spinning bottle. The device boasts a seven-inch touch screen for control, but only six pumps, making it a bit more limited than the long line of bottles at the pub.

Okapi Bluetooth

Greenhill EnviroTechnologies have developed a device that tracks the temperature trends of solar collectors to predict future solar heat potential. Using that information, it also controls variable speed fans used in the system to intelligently maximize solar heat harvesting, thus minimizing heating costs. A bluetooth management app helps you monitor and make sense of collected data, and much more.

Animal Abuse Defence Registry

We track so much these days, so why wouldn’t we track known animal abusers to prevent them from adopting again? That’s exactly what Camille Block is trying to do with her Animal Abuse Defence Registry, an online resource for those looking for a good owner for an animal. It’s not just for those adopting out animals either. Vets, breeders and shelters are just a few of the other groups who could benefit from the registry.

The Arctrike

John Zoccano from London, Ontario has designed and built an electric recumbent trike, and he’s done it by redesigned recumbent trikes around the electric gear instead of the other way around. After testing a second prototype more than 2000 kilometres, he is ready for funding Arctrike’s manufacture. Contribute $1,800 and receive a frame kit, or $5,750 for a complete and operational Arctrike Phase 3.



It’s that time of the week when we look at what creative ideas Canadians are raising money to support.

Check out these Canadian crowdfunding picks-of-the-week:


The CitySpur

One of the lightest electric vehicles in existence, the CitySpur boasts speeds of up to 19 miles per hour. Using your own energy to power the board is no problem, as the board can operate like a regular longboard when desired. Riders have the option of front- or rear-wheel drive for traction on any terrain. To get a board, you’ll need to donate a big $849, but it’s still a discount on the future price of the product.

Tactalis Origin

Origin is a tablet computer with an LCD panel that simulates touch with magnetic fields. The product is groundbreaking technology for people without sight, as it allows them to navigate Braille documents and graphics in the digital world. Donations of $25 or more will get you a copy of the Tactalis Origin documentary film when it’s available.


The Port Coquitlam campaign takes a modern approach to presenting Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) data for stakeholders in autism. Intervention teams will benefit from the real-time data feed of the app, as well as parents and society in general. With the information available digitally, it can be used to help improve the lives of autistic children everywhere.


With the increasing problem of drivers texting while operating their vehicle, accidents are on the rise. This clever app aims to change that with hands-free text messaging capabilities. The Vancouver-based project claims it will improve the flaws of previous software’s attempts at the same goal, providing better voice recognition and a smoother functionality. There’s even a suction cup mounting wireless bluetooth speaker and microphone available if you don’t have bluetooth in your car.



It’s that time of the week when we look at what creative ideas Canadians are raising money to support.

Check out these Canadian crowdfunding picks-of-the-week:


The Campus Sleeve

This uniquely designed laptop sleeve was created by four university students in Toronto. Using only green energy throughout the process, the product is also nearly waste-free because it is made with Visionknit’s 3D knitting technology. Donate $35 or more and you’ll get the most guilt-free laptop case out there today.


Ottawa Linux Symposiumn

Fifteen years in, the original organizers of the Linux Symposium (OLS) have lost some key sponsorship dollars. They now hope to raise enough money to have accountants examine their status, while investing any remaining funds into smaller, more focused events for the Linux community. But they’re not only asking for funds: if you have a testimonial to contribute, it also helps the cause.



Langley-based is looking for sponsors to help web page operators who can’t afford a back up solution. The company will match the amount of backup space donated and add it to the funder’s account – with no future recurring charges. Contribute $50 or more and you can even sell your unused backup capacity to generate income for yourself.


Vulcan, Alberta

Help the town known for it’s international Star Trek conventions create warp technology. To achieve this ambitious goal, Vulcan Tourism is setting $2 billion as an initial finding goal. The campaign is complete with a timeline and projected budget. Donate today – resistance is futile.