Our campaign is over, and we reached our initial goal AND our stretch goal of $85,000! Thank you to all of those who supported us! To any who didn't get the chance to back our campaign but are still interested in buying our products...
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Stretch Goal! We are so excited that we made our original goal of $75,000 and we still have some time left!
Our stretch goal is $85,000.
The additional funds will go towards developing the Marie Curie app and adding even more fun, hands-on, educational activities! Let's do this!
Hi! My name is Supriya Hobbs and I’m an engineering alumna from the University of Illinois. My co-founder, Janna Eaves, and I were motivated to study engineering because we thought we could change the world. The fact is, a lot of girls want to change the world, and there are LOTS of ways to do it! At Miss Possible, we want to help them get there by giving them strong role models and valuable experiences through play!
Marie Wilson, Founder and President Emeritus of The White House Project, once said that “you can’t be what you can’t see”. We want girls to see more options, so they can be whoever they want to be.
We want to increase the number of people who change the world, and we think there are a lot of girls with the potential to do that. We are going to help them make that jump from potential to reality!
We use dolls to introduce girls to strong role models, and an
app to help them build skills and confidence. Each doll comes with content on
our app, which includes the story of the woman, hands-on activities, and
on-screen games that bring the woman’s work to life!
first doll is Marie Curie… I find her story especially
inspiring, and I hope other girls will too! Marie had to sneak around to get
an education while she was a child because girls weren't allowed to study.
Despite all of the challenges of being a woman in those times, she was able to
reach Paris to study chemistry and worked her way to becoming one of the
greatest chemists of all time. She won two Nobel Prizes in two different fields
– one in chemistry, one in physics – and is still the only person to ever
Marie will lead kids through hands-on chemistry and physics activities they can do with things around the house. These fun activities feel like play, but girls are learning REAL lessons and seeing that they can be chemists, too!
For this campaign, we’re starting small, but we have BIG
plans! We want every girl to see powerful role models who look like her. We are
lining up a diverse group of women for our next few dolls and want you to help
pick who comes next! Every backer will receive a link to vote for the next Miss Possible doll!
My co-founder, Janna, and I met
when we lived on the same floor in the dorms at the University of Illinois. We were
both engineering students and when we looked around our classes, we thought…
Where are all of the women?! In typical engineer fashion, once
we found a problem we cared about, we attempted to solve it! We sat down in my
dorm room in Innovation LLC (a community for aspiring entrepreneurs on campus) with a pack of gummy worms (yummy!) one Friday night, and came up with the idea
that became Miss Possible! We've talked to a LOT of people about our mission and ideas, and the response has been incredible!
Now we’re well on our way, and
Indiegogo is the next step! We need early orders so we can take these products
from ideas to reality. We feel so
honored by the support we’ve received so far, and always welcome your messages
and feedback. After all, this company is not just for us, but for all of you! I
hope you’ll join us as we inspire a generation of girls to change the world we
Why This Needs to Exist
We’ve seen the problem
We know that girls are smart, driven, and capable of
changing the world. Sadly, research shows that this capability doesn’t always
translate to achievement. One day, Janna and I were leading a workshop about
invention and one girl – probably about 8 years old – was really excited about
explosions! Literally EVERY suggestion she had involved some sort of exploding
part. Later on, Janna had the opportunity to speak with her 1:1, and asked her
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answer? “A fashion designer.”
That little girl who was OBSESSED with explosions said she wanted to be a
designer, not because she was especially passionate about fashion design or
because she genuinely enjoyed it, but because she thought girls were better at fashion design. And why should this be any
surprise when so much of what they see around them is focused on fashion? We want to shake up the images they usually see, and show them other alternatives for what they can become!
Role Models Matter
For my whole life, my number one role model has been my mom. She studied Organic Chemistry, then moved into the business world. Here I am, finished with my degree in Chemical Engineering, and starting a business. It’s so clear that my role model had an impact on my career choices, and even research confirms that role models matter!
This is why we take incredible women and show them as kids. We want girls to identify with these characters and see that, before accomplishing such amazing things, these women were once little girls too.
We know parents make incredible role models, and we want to show girls even more opportunities through our dolls. After all, you can’t possibly have too many great role models!
What We Need & What You Get
Where the Money Will Go
We have our finalized designs and we’ve chosen a manufacturer, and now we need to raise money so we can move forward with the full production run! The money from Indiegogo will help us launch manufacturing of Marie Curie dolls, and finish testing and development of the accompanying app.
The Fun Stuff: Perks!
We can’t wait to get our toys in the hands of girls around the world! We have some fun perks for backers at a lot of different levels. Contribute whatever you can – it’s all appreciated – and we’ll send you Miss Possible apparel, toys, and activities. Check out the different perks below!
*Love the idea but don't really want a doll? Buy one and we'll donate it to a charity that will give it to girls who need a little extra inspiration! Look for the "Doll(op) of Charity!" perk on the right*
Risks & Challenges
As with any new project, there are risks to launching Miss
Possible. We have worked extremely hard to limit those, but thought it best to
be open with you, our supporters, about the possibilities. The main risk we
face is delayed doll delivery. We have finalized designs and selected a
manufacturer, but any delays in production or shipping to our distribution site
could result in delayed product delivery. Our chosen manufacturer has a 99%
on-time delivery rating, so we anticipate that this risk is fairly low. We are fully committed to making this project a success, and will do everything we can
to avoid delays.
Other ways to lend a hand
Talk about us! We want to reach as many girls as possible, so we need your help! Post on Facebook, Tweet about us, and tell everyone you know about our mission and our story! You can use the Indiegogo sharing tools to make it easier, too. Together, we can get these products in the hands of girls and provide them with the early inspiration, skills, and confidence they need to change the world! Let’s do this!