Kite Patch

Kite™ Patch - a breakthrough mosquito-fighting technology.
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ieCrowd
Small Business
Riverside, California
United States
10 Team Members

Welcome to Kite™ Patch

THANK YOU! ieCrowd's Kite Patch campaign achieved 743% of its goal - and we are thankful for each of the 11,254 backers who supported us. We are moving quickly into implementation!

IMPORTANT UPDATES:

Press: Please click here for ieCrowd's press center for assistance with stories, quotes, images, etc.

Supporters: Learn more about how Kite Patch rose to the #1 most popular campaign on Indiegogo for four of the six-week campaign. Articles, blogs, social, and updates can be found here.

Collaborators/DistributorsClick here to learn about how to partner with us for global distribution.  

Have additional questions? Check out our growing FAQ section that covers everything from "when will it ship?" to "does it work? We update often with questions we get in. THANK YOU!)


 

Reserve and Share the World's Newest Weapon Against Mosquitoes and Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Kite Patch is a small, powerful patch that allows humans to go virtually undetected by mosquitoes for up to a day's worth of protection. We need your help to share Kite Patches with others - particularly those in regions impacted by malaria. You can reserve yours and send Kite Patches to Africa!

We set out to re-engineer how to protect humans from mosquitoes. The result was Kite.  Kite Patch is the world’s first product containing our breakthrough scientific discovery proven to disrupt the mosquito’s ability to track humans.

The Kite Patch compounds act as a non-topical, spatial repellent, blocking mosquitoes’ ability to detect carbon dioxide – their primary method of tracking human blood meals.

We're building Kite Patch to protect humans in a small, lightweight, durable, and effective patch, in a wide range of conditions in which humans find themselves in contact with mosquitoes.

**** NOTE: This is a year-long project - and we need your help to build the first run of Kite Patches, test it in Uganda, and then optimize it for production for global distribution. Our U.S. backers will be the first to receive Kite Patches after we gain U.S. EPA approval. Of course, we cannot control how long the EPA will take to finalize our registration, but we're hoping no more than 12 months.  

 


Kite Patch's Big Mission

We need your help to create the first batch of Kite Patches to be tested in one of the toughest proving grounds there is - Uganda. 

With your help, large-scale testing in Uganda will simultaneously provide over 1,000,000 hours of protection during a large field test for families who are suffering from malaria infection rates of over 60% and allow us to optimize the Kite Patch before we begin scaling for global distribution.

 

The results of the field test?  The results will help us finalize the formulation and any last product design changes.  Once the formulation is finalized we can begin the EPA registration process for the US.  Once we have approval in the US, we will be capable of scaling the product for widespread and market-sensitive distribution – especially for those where mosquitoes mean life or death.


Our Campaign Goal

We were seeking to raise $75,000 at the beginning of this campaign, which will help send approximately 20,000 Kite Patches to Pilgrim Africa in Uganda for the field test, and also send our U.S. backers really cool Kite Patch gear and the first, special edition, EPA-registered Kite Patches once the Kite Patches are completed.

With an outpouring of support, we blasted through that goal in less than five days. We became the #1 most popular campaign on Indieogogo for now, and we've received almost 3,000 backers.  

STRETCH GOALS: Now we're working hard to reach new stretch goals. As we grow beyond our initial target, we will have the ability to expand the field test, improve the quality of product development and manufacturing, and help advance the entire project as a whole.

 

Planned Features of Kite Patch:

  • Beautiful, simple, colorful design - show everyone you're part of a global movement to combat malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.
  • Breakthrough science - makes you and your family practically invisible to mosquitoes.
  • Up to a day's worth of protection, everywhere - no matter where you are in the world, and no matter what type of adventure you're on, Kite Patch can provide breakthrough protection against mosquitoes. 
  • Affordable here...and there.  We're building Kite Patches to provide affordable, superior protection at affordable costs - in the U.S. or in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Small Sticker with Big Impact - allows you to stick it on anywhere on your clothing, backpack, strollers, bikes, baby slings, Kevlar vests, or other gear you choose to use.


Kite Patch's Story = Science + Passion + Love for Adventure

Kite Patch is being designed to replace age-old, cumbersome, and potentially unhealthy mosquito repellents with an easy-to-use, powerful, and long-lasting sticker applied to clothing. Kite Patch is being designed to protect individuals throughout an individual’s normal daily activities within a 24-hour cycle.

Kite technology stems from scientific developments initially developed at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) with assistance from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Our company exclusively licensed the technology from UCR, and has, since then, furthered the science, developed its own IP and patent applications, and developed a range of disruptive products.

Our company’s work on the Kite Patch technology platform – including additional patent-pending applications we’ve filed – is currently benefiting from an additional NIH grant, collaborative testing agreements with the U.S. Army’s Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the USDA, and other organizations via grants and collaborative agreements.

We acquired the worldwide, exclusive rights to the intellectual property, developed the technology, and are now creating a product beneficial to people around the world.

We’ve received grants for our work, and we built our own 11,000 square foot mosquito research laboratory that enables our scientists to test a large range of conceivable climates in the development of Kite Patch's technology.  


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

We've provided a catalog of potential questions you may have.  Click here to visit our website in a new browser and preview the FAQs.

The most popular questions: 

1. "I love Kite Patch! Is it ready for purchase right now?  Please?"  Soon, but not yet. This campaign will help us produce the first run of Kite Patches, which will then be tested in malaria-impacted regions of Uganda. Backers will receive their Kite Patches as part of the first full production of Kite Patches after we obtain U.S. EPA approval. We're estimating that this is between 10 and 14 months total. 

2. "How much will Kite Patch cost?"  We will know final costs to produce Kite Patches after we optimize the Kite Patch with results from the field test in Uganda and begin manufacturing plans for scale. We then will begin preparing Kite Patches for price points in each specific market, focused particularly on making it affordable in developing economies and regions impacted most by mosquito-borne diseases.

3. "Can I be an exclusive distributor of Kite Patch in my state/country?" We're going to be posting a call for proposals later in August. If you're interested in opportunities to distribute or otherwise do business with our company, that is the place to start. 


RISKS AND POLICIES

We appreciate you joining us in our effort to produce the world's first patch that contains breakthrough compounds that make humans virtually invisible to mosquitoes. Your contribution is helping in the development of this product. 

Here are the top five things we want you to know relating to your contribution and our work:

1. Our work, by its nature, is risky and early stage.  Our science has been supported by amazing organizations and our top-tier team of scientists. HOWEVER, because this is new technology and a new approach, we cannot guarantee that it will work 100%. 

2. Delays may occur.  Our work is scientific in nature and groundbreaking. We would love to say exactly what date your Kite Patch perks will ship, but the truth is, both scientific and product development, not to mention regulatory requirements, are driven by variables that are often beyond our control.

3. Kite Patch technology is derived from patent-pending formulations that utilize breakthrough compounds found in food flavors and fragrances. We're working hard to make Kite Patch a superior alternative to methods that contain ingredients known to regulatory bodies as harmful or toxic to humans, animals, or the environment.

4. Regulatory climates in various countries differ. We cannot control, expedite, or change many of the rules and regulations that will govern how quickly Kite Patch will get to markets (including those considered perks).  We've made it very clear that we are working as fast as we can to obtain approvals, but we want everyone to know that this is a large variable we cannot control.

5. Finally, please click here to read Indiegogo's refund policy.  


Original Press Coverage

See above for the over 300 articles and blogs about the Kite Patch.  Below are sources that covered the early technology discoveries inspiring Kite Patch's compounds.    

 

 

Photo: Coming soon, this little patch will be changing lives.

JOIN OUR CAUSE & BE A PART OF KITE PATCH'S WORLDWIDE MOVEMENT!

 

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$557,254USD
raised by 11,254 people in 1 month
743% funded
No time left
$75,000 USD goal
Fixed Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on August 29, 2013
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  • $10USD
    Give 5 Kite Patches

    You're a giver and you care. Thank you. This option allows you to give a pack of 5 Kites to a family, equaling up to 10 full days of coverage for them. That is a full week of protection at the cost of a latte and pastry. We will also give you a special "Thank You" on Facebook. We appreciate your sincere desire to help others combat mosquitoes.

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  • $20USD
    INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ADDON

    If you're an international backer who selected the $25 or the $30 perks below, but forgot to add $20 for shipping, please select this perk to pay for your gear's (Kite Water Bottle or T-shirt) shipping cost. Thank you for your support!

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  • $25USD
    Send 5 Kite Patches + Gear

    Send Kite Patches (5) to a family in need. Get a really cool Kite water bottle. (INTERNATIONAL BACKERS – add $20 for shipping). This is a great starter kit and really, really helpful to our campaign. For you? You want the Kites to go to where it matters most, so you get an awesome Kite water bottle for your next adventure, and a sticker for your board, bike, bumper, or backpack. We'll post a "Thank You", and will post a photo of you with your Kite gear!

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  • $30USD
    Send 5 Kites + Get a Tee

    Send 5 Kite Patches + Get a Limited Edition Kite T-shirt. (INTERNATIONAL – add $20 for shipping). One of our favorite kits because people LOVE our tees. You'll give a family a pack of 5 Kites, which is up to 10 days of defense against mosquitoes, or a total of up to 240 hours of protection. You'll also get our limited edition Kite t-shirt designed to show everyone that you're connected to the global Kite movement. We'll give you a warm, personalized shout-out on Facebook and on Twitter.

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  • $40USD
    Send 10 + Get 10 + Bottle

    Give a pack of 10 Kite Patches. Get a pack of 10 Kite Patches (U.S. only). Then get a fantastic, colorful canteen water bottle. You'll be sending a Kite Pack (10 Kite Patches) to Uganda to help protect a family there for a up to a full week, and you'll also get a Kite Pack of 10 Kite Patches. FB and Twitter shout-outs too!

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  • $50USD
    Give 10 + Get 10 + Tee

    Send 10 Kite Patches to Africa and receive a 10 pack of Kite Patches (U.S. only). You will also receive an amazingly colorful t-shirt. Know you're helping a family in Uganda in the next few months to protect their children for up to a full week. Meanwhile, also receive the limited edition Kite Patch t-shirt, which will signify your commitment to taking the war against mosquitoes to a new level. Send your photos and we'll post 'em. This pack also earns you personalized FB/Tweets.

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  • $65USD
    Give 10 + Get 10 + All Gear

    Send 10 Kite Patches to Uganda. Get 10 Kite Patches (U.S. only). Then, get ready: you'll receive the limited edition t-shirt with Kite's awesome logo; a one-of-a-kind Kite sticker that tells everyone you're on the Kite team; and the eco-friendly Kite water canteen for your long hikes, rides, drives, and other adventures. In addition, our project lead will call you to talk about latest Kite developments with our project and what you'd like to see in Kite next.

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  • $75USD
    Give 20 + Gear - INTERNATIONAL

    You are an international trailblazer, supporting Kite's development to have the widest possible distribution around the world. You'll receive our awesome t-shirt; a one-of-a-kind Kite sticker that tells everyone you're on the Kite team; and you'll send 20 Kite Patches to Uganda for our field testing. International shipping for your sticker and tee is included. In addition, as a Kite International Trailblazer, we will keep you updated on our worldwide distribution plans and progress.

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    $85USD
    Give 25 + Get 25 + Canteen

    PROVIDES UP TO 100 DAYS OF PROTECTION Pledge for this perk and get a 25 pack of Kites (U.S. only) and we'll send a 25 pack to a person or family in need as part of our field test in Uganda. Also receive a special edition Kite water bottle. This perk begins to show how powerful Kite can be. Up to 100 days! As a BONUS: be called by our project lead and/or science team member to get the latest on Kite. We want your feedback, too.

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    $85USD
    Give 25 + Get 25 + Canteen

    PROVIDES UP TO 100 DAYS OF PROTECTION Pledge for this perk and get a 25 pack of Kites (U.S. only) and we'll send a 25 pack to a person or family in need as part of our field test in Uganda. Also receive a special edition Kite water bottle. This perk begins to show how powerful Kite can be. Up to 100 days! As a BONUS: be called by our project lead and/or science team member to get the latest on Kite. We want your feedback, too.

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  • $85USD
    Give 25 + Get 25 + Canteen II

    Due to the popularity of our now sold-out Give 25 + Get 25 + Canteen Perk, we are extending this offering so more of you can give and receive! PROVIDES UP TO 100 DAYS OF PROTECTION Pledge for this perk and get a 25 pack of Kites (U.S. only) and we'll send a 25 pack to a person or family in need as part of our field test in Uganda. Also receive a special edition Kite water bottle. This perk begins to show how powerful Kite can be. Up to 100 days!

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    $125USD
    KITE'S PIONEER PROGRAM

    We're organizing our Pioneers - those who push the limits in the outdoors and share our passion for Kite. Kite's Volunteer Pioneers: Exclusive Membership Exclusive Briefings and Previews 30 Kite Patches for You (U.S. only) 30 Kite Patches to Uganda Water Canteen w/ Kite Sticker for Kite T-shirt for Kite Facebook + Twitter Messages Listing on our socials

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  • $125USD
    KITE'S PIONEER PROGRAM II

    Due to the popularity of our now sold-out Pioneer Program, we are extending this offering – same package, same benefits, more giving! Kite's Volunteer Pioneers: Exclusive Membership Exclusive Briefings and Previews 30 Kite Patches for You (U.S. only) 30 Kite Patches to Uganda Water Canteen w/ Kite Sticker for Kite T-shirt for Kite Facebook + Twitter Messages Listing on our socials

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  • $250USD
    KITE CHAMPIONS - Option A

    Champions want to participate in sending Kite Patches to Uganda, and want to support the overall development of Kite as we prepare to get it ready for market. Champions send 150 Kite Patches for our field test - the equivalent of up to 7,200 hours of coverage. You also get exclusive membership, briefings and previews. As a thanks for such generous support, we will include your name (if you would like) on our website as a Champion and on Facebook.

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  • $250USD
    KITE CHAMPIONS - Option B

    Champions want to participate in sending Kite Patches to Uganda, and want to support the overall development of Kite as we prepare to get it ready for market. Champions get 75 Kite Patches (U.S. only) and send 75 Kite Patches for our field test in Uganda. As a thanks for such generous support, we will list you on our website as a Champion AND our Facebook page :) You also get exclusive membership, briefings and previews.

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  • $500USD
    KITE SUSTAINER - Option A

    This is a generous package that recognizes your contribution on our Website as a "Sustainer". Perks: Exclusive Membership Exclusive Briefings and Previews Give 300 Kite Patches to Field Tests in Uganda Receive 2 T-shirts Receive 1 Water Bottle Receive listing on our website and socials as "Sustainer" Receive invitations to special and exclusive Kite events nationally

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  • $500USD
    KITE SUSTAINER - Option B

    This is a generous package that recognizes your contribution on our Website as a "Sustainer". Perks: Exclusive Membership Exclusive Briefings and Previews Get 150 Kite Patches (U.S. only) and send 150 Kite Patches to Field Tests in Uganda Receive 2 T-shirts Receive 1 Water Bottle Receive listing on our website and socials as "Sustainer" Receive invitations to special and exclusive Kite events nationally

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  • $1,000USD
    KITE FLIGHT TEAM

    Our Flight Team helps us prepare for launch. You are also entered into the Pioneers - making the Flight team a critical part of Kite's development in years to come. Perks: Exclusive Membership Exclusive Briefings and Previews Get 300 Kite Patches (U.S. only) and send 300 to Uganda for our field test Receive 4 special-edition T-shirts Receive 2 water canteens Receive entry into the Pioneers Team Be listed on Kite's website as a Flight Team member Social mentions

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  • $5,000USD
    KITE LAUNCH TEAM - Option A

    This is our largest contribution level which supports up to 48,000 hours of coverage. Perks: Exclusive Membership Exclusive Briefings and Previews Send 1,000 Kite Patches to Uganda for our field test Domestic airfare for one person VIP tour of our facility in Riverside, CA Overnight stay at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, CA Receive 4 t-shirts for the family Receive 2 water canteens for the family Social mentions Listing on Kite's website

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  • $20,000USD
    KITE PATCH PARTNER

    COLLABORATION + SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE Designed for foundations, non-profits, companies and individuals committed to improving the Kite Patch effort on a large scale. We are seeking 2 partners to underwrite a large portion of the operational expenses for the Uganda field test. Partner Perks: Send 1,000 Kite Patches to Uganda Co-branding on Kitepatch.com Co-branding on field equipment Photos and videos of your brand during test Co-branding on Indiegogo All gear and privileges above

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