One of the most amazing aspects of the crowdfunding movement has been the surge of unique, sustainable solutions brought to the marketplace. From reusable beverage containers to innovative clothing, more and more entrepreneurs are considering how they can bring a solution to their wider community. The solution that Alice Chun and her team have developed is something that everyone around the world needs access to: renewable energy. In her conversation with Roy, Alice opens up about The QWNN, where the idea came from, why she chose to take her product to Indiegogo rather than Kickstarter, and much more! Don’t miss a minute of this fascinating episode featuring Alice and The QWNN.

What is The QWNN?

Did you know that fossil fuels, used for energy and lighting globally, create 65% of the pollution in the air? Now more than ever, there is a significant need for sustainable and affordable sources of power. The QWNN is a unique, origami-inspired, foldable, portable lantern and power bank. This product has been designed to harnesses the sun’s power and give users brilliant light to accent their home, garden, and outdoor adventures. To hear more about this amazing product and the story behind its creation, make sure to listen to this powerful episode with Alice Chun!

Why sustainable solutions are so important.

As the global community faces increasing threats of natural disaster caused by global warming, new resources are needed to help devastated communities recover. Part of the mission and drive behind the creation of The QWNN is to help these communities by providing a product that will last. The company behind The QWNN, Solight Design, has a social mission to bring light to underserved regions around the world. The SolarPuff was created in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and they have since expanded to a whole line of solar lanterns. It’s so inspiring to hear these amazing stories of innovation tied to social good!

The difference between Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Many startup entrepreneurs struggle with the decision of which platform to launch their product on, Kickstarter or Indiegogo. We’ve seen many entrepreneurs thrive with their innovative products on both platforms over the years. For Alice Chun, she has the unique vantage point of launching a product on both platforms, first on Kickstarter and then on Indiegogo. Alice made the switch to Indiegogo after a few rounds of miscommunication with Kickstarter, plus she really enjoyed the fact that Indiegogo provides a liaison specifically assigned to each project. Learn more about Alice’s experience on both platforms and more on this engaging episode!

Key Takeaways

  • [1:05] Alice Chun joins the podcast to talk about her product, The QWNN.
  • [4:20] Why didn’t Alice take The QWINN to Kickstarter? What changed with this version?
  • [8:00] How Alice and her team reached fundraising goals & press engagement tips.
  • [10:00] What led Alice to get involved with creating solar lanterns?
  • [13:10] Alice talks about the difference between launching on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
  • [15:15] Alice enters the Launch Round, rapid-fire questions.
  • [17:00] Why you should check out The QWNN.


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