So Where Are We?
Since starting the company in 2017 we've raised $250k! I recently won a grant through Visa and was just accepted into the Dartmouth Tuck Business School's Diversity Business Program Fall 2020. I was just featured in Inc Magazine! Our medPod (shipping container medical clinic) was featured in The Call to Unite, a 24-hr global livestream event hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Tim Shriver.
Our team is currently crowdfunding and raising our next Seed round as we are ready to scale globally.
Funding will allow us to acquire and pilot a neighborhood manufacturing space so that we can design, build and deploy our Plug-In-Pods. Our Pods, an innovative modular housing technology, serve as 'on-demand' permanent or pop-up affordable housing, entrepreneurial and community spaces (medPods).
We're currently building each of our Pod projects here in Atlanta on-site. Working with city permitting and weather our current construction is a lengthy process. But with a manufacturing off-site facility we can build at least 30 Pods (housing, clinics, etc.) in less than a month and ship them globally!
I realized that it's not enough to hire local talent to build our Pods, we have to also provide the infrastructure to build the tools (Pods) that marginalized communities need for equitable growth. That is why our business model is a 3-pronged approach:
- Develop + manage 'factories-in-a-box' (our off-site manufacturing facility)
- Design + build + deploy our Pods
- Franchise the micro factories in marginalized communities across the globe
Thanks for supporting us through this project. With the rise in homelessness, lack of medical care and small business closures, we believe in what we're doing and know our solutions are needed and highly scalable.
*We hire female and minority subcontractors, refugee tradeswomen and tradesmen and LGBTQ-owned small businesses. Together our team has over 30 years experience in landscape architecture, city planning, real estate finance, asset management, project management, construction and community engagement.
Simplifying construction and design with sustainability in mind.
One of our residential Pod projects (currently under construction in Atlanta, GA):
Plug-In-Pods employ recycling, manufacturing and industrial design as an equitable community development strategy that provides affordable and adaptive spaces for all.
We're re-building community through sustainable products.*
We're rewriting the construction industry.*
We're re-imagining affordable housing as a rapid industrial manufacturing process.*
The potential global impact for rapidly built affordable living and work spaces is huge, especially as our urban centers grow. We intend to disrupt the $400 billion construction industry by the materials we use, how we recycle them and how we deliver.
One of our commercial Pod projects (currently under construction in Serenbe, Atlanta, GA)
One of our medPods ('on-demand' medical and wellness clinic)
We partnered with Dr. April Spencer, an Atlanta breast oncologist. The medPod provides wifi capabilities for physician-patient telemedicine.
We do this to strengthen communities, stabilize neighborhoods and transform communities into inspiring places for all.
*Uses for our Pods include:
- Housing (Single Moms/Dads, Homeless, Veterans, Seniors, Millennials, Teachers, Doctors, Nurses, etc.)
- Small Businesses (Startups, Diner, Coffee Shops, Co-working, Retail, Bookstores, Accountant Offices, etc.)
- Clinics (Mobile Oncology Units, OBGYN, Urgent Care, Cardiology Clinics, Pediatrics, etc.)
- Accessory Units (Baby Nurseries, Assisted Living, Mobile Gym, etc.)
- Urban Farming (Mobile Farmer's Markets)
- Classrooms/Computer Labs (Youth Robotics, STEM Labs, etc.)
- ...and more
Images taken by my team or used with permission.
*Special thanks to iFundWomen, family, friends and supporters for feedback and helping me develop this campaign*