Tech startup Novelsys raises $50k via Kickstarter

Visual of Ampere from company's homepage

Novelsys, a Singapore-based startup venture, is seeking to reinvent the mobile charging experience. Ampere, their flagship product that functions as a wireless charging phone sleeve, raised nearly $50,000 of a $60,000 Kickstarter crowdfunding goal within a day.

Ampere differentiates itself from other startup ventures by offering a custom mobile app that connects to the wireless charging device via Bluetooth, enabling users to control when charging begins and tracking battery life more accurately, as well as dual and fast-charging modes. The expected shipping period is by Q3 2015, in August 2015.

“We are all feeling amazing and very surprised over the response that the community has shown to our campaign. Pleasantly surprised would be a good way to put it.  Over the whole of last night, our team [was] up all night, hard at work to get the word out across the US and international backers. Thankfully, they responded and we will continue to reach out to even more of them,” stated Kenneth Lou, the CEO of Novelsys.

The battery has a capacity of 2700 mAh  according to Novelsys, sufficient to fully charge most smartphones. By comparison, Xiamomi and other smartphone vendors offer portable USB charges with 10,000 mAh of power.

The New York Times reported that last year 3.3 million people worldwide contributed more than $500 million to 22,000 Kickstarter projects. This indicates strong growth potential and a significant trend, as hardware startups are further enabled by the power of crowdfunding to test the market validity of their products, market them, as well as raise funding at the same time.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.