3-month seed program budget

Introduction

This document outlines planned use of the ~3000 Euro we try to raise through the crowdfunding campaign. The endgame is to enable reliable network of community supported production of useful items, using reclaimed cardboard as the main material (combined with wood, aluminum, textile and other, also possibly reclaimed, components).

The difference between expected expenses and the budget (there is a 185 Euro deficit) will be covered from other sources.

Month 1. Workspace organisation and technology testing.

Deliverables

  • Cleaning and rearranging the workshop.
  • Building the furniture.
  • Building specialised tools:
    • cutting press (cardboard and aluminum),
    • bending press (cardboard and aluminum),
    • rolling device (aluminum),
    • gluing, painting and laminating station.
    • storage racks.
    • Tilting turntable to test solar devices.
  • Upgrading the transport (bicycle trailer).
  • Testing technologies to make cardboard stronger, waterproof and better looking:
    • varnising,
    • painting,
    • laminating (mylar foil),
    • waterproofing.
  • Testing structural joints:
    • gluing,
    • sewing,
    • riveting,
    • snap joints.
  • Testing shredding methods, to convert cardboard into thermal insulation or composting bedding.
  • Testing papier-mache technology.

Expected expenses

Category

Approximate amount (Euro)

Team sustenance costs (partial)

  • Accommodation: 200 Euro
  • Internet link: 50 Euro
  • Electricity: 100 Euro

350

Wood and metal for custom tools, equipment and furniture

300

Gluing and painting equipment

50

Glue and paint (various)

50

Rivet gun adaptor for battery drills (x 2)

40

Rivets, snaps, sewing materials

50

Glue tapes, various

25

Mylar mirror foil

20

Total 1st month

885 Euro

Month 2. Prototypes and promotion

Deliverables

  • Build and test “top five” presentation prototypes (probably 2-3 versions of each) as proof of concept and to establish costs of production.
    • Foldable panel-based solar cooker
    • Family sized box solar cooker / haybox cooker
    • Simple solar still (water purification distiller)
    • Wood/cardboard bicycle trailer
    • Foldable one-person shelter.
  • Create and produce various gadgets, promoting the activity: tablet/smartphone cases/holders, solar cigarette lighters, etc.
  • Organise educational meetings in main places of Samos (Karlovasi, Vathi, Pythagorio, Marathokampos) to gather interested people, raise awareness, show possible applications of cardboard and to learn what are the local needs that can be fulfilled this way.

Expected expenses

Category

Approximate amount (Euro)

Team sustenance costs (partial)

  • Accommodation: 200 Euro
  • Internet link: 50 Euro
  • Electricity: 100 Euro

350

Printed materials for meetings and presentations.

100

Other meetings costs (transport, premises, food)

100

Materials for prototyping

150

Total 2st month

700 Euro

Month 3. Stocking and supply chain.

Deliverables

  • Build additional 2-3 prototypes based of lessons learned during meetings.
  • Publish online offer in FairMarket and other online channels.
  • Create sponsored product campaigns in CoopFunding.
  • Start regular “open days” either in the workshop or in some facility in Karlovasi.
  • Acquire additional tools to be used for open days (2-3 sets)
  • Make standing agreements with local shops throwing away the most of cardboard and start picking it up directly.
  • Make standing agreements with offset shops for acquiring aluminum plates.
  • Upgrade the transport: electric kit for the bicycle.
  • Stockpile additional materials: glue, joints, paints and finishing tapes.

Expected expenses

Category

Approximate amount (Euro)

Team sustenance costs (partial)

  • Accommodation: 200 Euro
  • Internet link: 50 Euro
  • Electricity: 100 Euro

350

Further prototyping costs (materials)

150

Open-days toolsets

50

Online promotional materials (video editing etc)

100

Stockpile materials

200

Bicycle electric kit 1000 W (with one battery)

750

Total 3rd month

1600 Euro

Total budget for three months: 3185 Euro

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