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Plug-In-Pods: Shipping Containers for Social Good

Green Manufacturing and Modular Affordable Chic Housing, Small Business and Community Spaces

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Campaign Ends on November 30, 2020

Project Description

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Plug-In-Pods.

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
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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*

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Plug-In-Pods FAQS

What is the size of these pods?

Through basic application and customization container buildings spread a wide range from 320sf (minimum) and larger. Think of a 1-bedroom studio apartment to a 4,000sf single family home; for the purposes of this campaign our focus is 320sf-640sf.

Why shipping containers?

Shipping containers are mobile and sturdy. They’re flexible and adaptive to site constraints. They’re great to upcycle and lead to local manufacturing jobs. Their basic structure allows for quicker repurposing, less waste and easy quality control.

What about permits?

Localities differ. Certifications to upfit a container into a pod and pass local inspections is no more challenging than constructing a house or commercial space. Zoning requirements are also critical component in our engagement process with local government officials.

Why IFundWomen as funding platform?

I’m a woman-owned business and find this platform to be empathetic to the needs of women entrepreneurs by providing coaching, access to networks and a user-friendly site. It also provides my team the opportunity to fund and promote other women businesses.

Is this the only funding you’re raising?

No. I’m continuously applying for grants, fellowships and searching networks in the impact investing space, corporate giving, brand investing, private donors and philanthropic institutions. 

I’ve backed this campaign-now what? How can I become more involved?

You get cool rewards. HUGE THANK YOU for supporting the campaign. I do need you to tweet, call, write articles and annoy your friends, family, social media followers and colleagues my campaign link so they too can donate. I have included hashtags on the main page. So please spread the word!

07/26/2018
Cup O' Nona
$100
07/23/2018
Cup O' Nona
$100
05/23/2018
I AM A BUILDER MEDIA PACK (IAB)
$50
Ila
05/21/2018
I AM A BUILDER BADGE
$30
05/16/2018
I AM A BUILDER MEDIA PACK (IAB)
$50
05/14/2018
I AM A BUILDER MEDIA PACK (IAB)
$50
05/04/2018
Builders Book Club
$2,500
05/02/2018
Part O' The Team!
$75
04/24/2018
Monetary Contribution of any size!
$250
04/24/2018
Monetary Contribution of any size!
$25
Monetary Contribution of any size!

A big sincere and digital THANK YOU! Every $$$ counts!

61 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
I AM A BUILDER BADGE

Your very own badge and digital THANK YOU

7 Supporters
None available
50.00 USD
I AM A BUILDER MEDIA PACK (IAB)

Your very own badge, a digital THANK YOU, bumper sticker with campaign logo and social media mention to let everyone know how COOL you are!

9 Supporters
None available
75.00 USD
Part O' The Team!

IAB package PLUS a picture of our construction crew holding a banner in your honor!

2 Supporters
None available
100.00 USD
Cup O' Nona

IAB package plus a mug with logo to enjoy your favorite latte, coffee or herbal tea. If you were here I'd take you out for coffee and personally thank you!

9 Supporters
None available
500.00 USD
Who's Your Maker? Women (WYMW)

Learn about the AMAZING women who helped make New York the awesome place it is and how they opened doors for women like me. You'll receive an autographed copy of The Women Who Made New York by my buddy and author Julie Scelfo!

1 Supporter
None available
2,500.00 USD
Builders Book Club

Limited reward WYMW package PLUS tote bag, personalized journal, Tshirt, mug for your cup o' Nona and a special Thank You postcard! For supporters in NYC you'll receive a special VISIT from Julie Scelfo-author of The Women Who Made New York! Only 12 rewards available!

2 Supporters
None available
5,000.00 USD
Girl Power Startup Pack

Only two available! You were born to rock! To help you reach stardom you'll receive an hour branding consultation from my buddy Meredith Fineman of FinePoint Co., logo and visualizing consultation from my pal Jaymes Carter of Imagicept Design, Builders Book Club and IAB THANK YOU packages!

0 Supporters
None available
7,500.00 USD
Go Girl! Builder Set

It takes a village. Limited reward for our YOUNG builders includes a LITTLE BITS invention set, 2 IAB badges, 2 tote bags, THANK YOU postcard, 2 journals, 2 bumper stickers, social media mention and 2 limited edition

0 Supporters
None available
10,000.00 USD
Sponsor-A-Home

Because we LOVE YOU and the world should know it, we will wrap your name around the entire shipping container home! Talk about awesome marketing for your company! You'll also receive 2 IAB packages, part o' the team picture, website mention, 2 Builder Book Club and Girl Power Startup Packages! Only 2 rewards available!!!

0 Supporters
None available
20,000.00 USD
Build-A-Home

YOU'RE AMAZING and covered in magic dust! Your HUGE contribution will build an affordable home for a family in need or an affordable business space for a budding entrepreneur in a low-wealth neighborhood. You'll receive a special invite to join me at the ribbon cutting, meet the family/entrepreneur and lots of HUGS! All the above rewards are included! Only 2 available!!!

0 Supporters
None available
1,500.00 USD
We Are Family!

All of The Above

1 Supporter
None available

Rewards

Monetary Contribution of any size!

A big sincere and digital THANK YOU! Every $$$ counts!

61 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
I AM A BUILDER BADGE

Your very own badge and digital THANK YOU

7 Supporters
None available
50.00 USD
I AM A BUILDER MEDIA PACK (IAB)

Your very own badge, a digital THANK YOU, bumper sticker with campaign logo and social media mention to let everyone know how COOL you are!

9 Supporters
None available
75.00 USD
Part O' The Team!

IAB package PLUS a picture of our construction crew holding a banner in your honor!

2 Supporters
None available
100.00 USD
Cup O' Nona

IAB package plus a mug with logo to enjoy your favorite latte, coffee or herbal tea. If you were here I'd take you out for coffee and personally thank you!

9 Supporters
None available
500.00 USD
Who's Your Maker? Women (WYMW)

Learn about the AMAZING women who helped make New York the awesome place it is and how they opened doors for women like me. You'll receive an autographed copy of The Women Who Made New York by my buddy and author Julie Scelfo!

1 Supporter
None available
2,500.00 USD
Builders Book Club

Limited reward WYMW package PLUS tote bag, personalized journal, Tshirt, mug for your cup o' Nona and a special Thank You postcard! For supporters in NYC you'll receive a special VISIT from Julie Scelfo-author of The Women Who Made New York! Only 12 rewards available!

2 Supporters
None available
5,000.00 USD
Girl Power Startup Pack

Only two available! You were born to rock! To help you reach stardom you'll receive an hour branding consultation from my buddy Meredith Fineman of FinePoint Co., logo and visualizing consultation from my pal Jaymes Carter of Imagicept Design, Builders Book Club and IAB THANK YOU packages!

0 Supporters
None available
7,500.00 USD
Go Girl! Builder Set

It takes a village. Limited reward for our YOUNG builders includes a LITTLE BITS invention set, 2 IAB badges, 2 tote bags, THANK YOU postcard, 2 journals, 2 bumper stickers, social media mention and 2 limited edition

0 Supporters
None available
10,000.00 USD
Sponsor-A-Home

Because we LOVE YOU and the world should know it, we will wrap your name around the entire shipping container home! Talk about awesome marketing for your company! You'll also receive 2 IAB packages, part o' the team picture, website mention, 2 Builder Book Club and Girl Power Startup Packages! Only 2 rewards available!!!

0 Supporters
None available
20,000.00 USD
Build-A-Home

YOU'RE AMAZING and covered in magic dust! Your HUGE contribution will build an affordable home for a family in need or an affordable business space for a budding entrepreneur in a low-wealth neighborhood. You'll receive a special invite to join me at the ribbon cutting, meet the family/entrepreneur and lots of HUGS! All the above rewards are included! Only 2 available!!!

0 Supporters
None available
1,500.00 USD
We Are Family!

All of The Above

1 Supporter
None available