Wish Me: Creating a zero waste party

The Wish Me app will help you create personal, convenient and enjoyable party experiences for you and your guests.

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Project Description

my story

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I am a mom of two boys – 7 and 4 years. My husband and I love celebrating life’s milestones, big and small, especially birthdays and anniversaries with our family and friends. We are very grateful for the life we lead especially being able to call a beautiful country like Canada our home. While our kids are young (and want to hang out with us), we make a conscious effort to spend as much time as possible creating memorable moments with them, our family and friends. We achieve this by spending quality time with our kids and documenting life through pictures and videos.

Our celebrations range from movie and ice cream dates to parties where we invite many loved ones for amazing food, music and conversation!

the problem

As a seasoned event (party) host, I recognize the challenges of planning and attending events including creating/sending invitations, finding appropriate greeting cards and gifts. We use facebook, evite, email and various other online services to send invitations and almost always have to follow up with email, text and phone to receive RSVP’s. The reason most guests don’t RSVP right away is that the actual invitations are impersonal. Inviting people is definitely hard work! It doesn’t get any easier as a guest because it generally follows spending quite a lot of time finding that perfect greeting card and gift. Unfortunately, 70% of event hosts do not like what they receive for gifts and end up returning, re-selling, giving away, re-gifting or throwing away gifts that they receive. All this unwanted giving and receiving results in stress for our family and friends, and the environment. In fact, the cost of “unwanted” gifting in the US is approximately 90 Billion dollars each year.

The reason for all the waste created during social events is very simple…the entire process of invitations, greetings and gifts is impersonal. Invitation and greetings cards usually end up in the recycle bin or a shoebox (which is thrown out at a later stage). Gifts are rarely used by the recipient. But giving gifts feels so good… so how can we still give gifts without creating all this waste?

the solution

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Our company tackles this challenge with simplicity and ease. Making the entire process efficient, personal and enjoyable with the use of videos, pictures, wish-lists and a wallet/storage, Wish Me helps save time and money while helping the environment. By using the Wish Me app you will be able to create personal picture or video invitations for your events. Your guests will receive them through text or email and be able to RSVP on the event website. It will be very easy for you to track RSVP’s using Wish Me and wait for it…you can save all your video / picture invitations in one spot, that you will have access to anytime, anywhere. How about that? A virtual shoe box. Imagine replaying those invitations after a few years when your kids are all grown up. Imagine having your kids create their own videos that you can upload to the invitation.

It gets better. Your guests, if they choose, can also download the app and send you a personal video or picture greeting for your event. In addition, they have the option to see your wish-list (if you choose to add your favourite stores to it) and attach a gift card to their greeting. The time savings for your guests are phenomenal and you, as a host, receive the gift that you WANT. Imagine looking at video greetings from events from a few years ago and reminiscing those beautiful moments.

Wish Me allows the recipients of gift cards to store, keep track of and use the gift cards within the app, at their convenience, online or in store.

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After bootstrapping for quite some time, we have finally been able to create the Wish Me app for Apple mobile devices. The next step for us is to create the Wish Me app for Android phones so all mobile users can access the amazing richness of video invitations and greetings through the Wish Me app. In addition, the funds will be used to maintain the app, develop and test many other features that you have asked us to integrate within the app.  For example, in the current version of the app we will only have one gift card available for guests to buy for hosts. With the money we raise from friends and family, we will be able to increase the selection of gift cards available to Wish Me users to about 25 gift cards in the Canadian market and many more in the US. We want to be able to provide a rich event planning and attending experience to Wish Me users and we need your help to make that a reality.

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Now that you love the idea and want to see it come to fruition, ask yourself how much you want to help. Any assistance (monetary, sharing this with your network and so on) will help this project move forward and make Wish Me a reality for you and your friends and family.

Updates

The Project FAQs

When did you start working on Wish Me?

Wish Me was originally an idea that came to me when we celebrated our son's birthday. Planning parties can be full of dread for some people (including I) and I wanted to make it easy, personal and fun for party hosts and guests.

When is the Wish Me app being launched?

We will be launching Wish Me app for iOS soon, most probably in the summer of 2017. The app will be launched in open beta and we will appreciate if you could provide us feedback so that we can release the next version with features that YOU want.

Is the app available only on Apple store? What about Android?

So glad you asked. We will use all the funds we raise through this campaign to not only add more features to Wish Me, but also make the app available for Android users.

How will the money raised, through this campaign, be used?

Excellent question. We will use the money to do the following: 1. Make changes based on your feedback to the current iOS app 2. Create an identical version for Android phones and your desktop and 3. Use the money to market the app to a larger audience in Canada and US.

Why are you using iFundWomen as your crowdfunding platform?

Thanks for asking. iFundWomen is an amazingly flexible crowdfunding platforms for women-led start-ups. Start-ups are able to access any amounts that we raise and use the funds in our business. Another reason I chose iFundWomen is that #ifundwomen gives 20% of the revenues they earn from my campaign to one of their existing start-ups. So from the get go, Wish Me is able to directly help another woman-led business. And so are you! And finally, it feels really great when women support women. #iFundWomen is also a woman-led start-up.

In what other ways can I help Wish Me?

Please feel free to write to us at team@wishme.io with any offer of help, ask for help or simply to tell us how we are doing. We appreciate your support.

What is the cost of using Wish Me?

Wish Me is a free app. You can download it for free. Sending video invitations and receiving video greetings is also free. In the future we might add some in app purchase options for users looking for premium services.

07/17/2017
You are my friend publicly!
$20
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Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$50
07/19/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$25
07/19/2017
Wish Me t-shirt and PopSocket for your phone
$150
07/19/2017
Wish Me coffee mug
$100
07/20/2017
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Just Because I Care

30 Supporters
Contribute
$10
You are my friend!

Congrats! You are officially my true friend because you took the time to contribute to my campaign.

5 Supporters
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$20
You are my friend publicly!

Hey, friend! For your support, I will shout you out on social media as a huge thank you for your generosity.

4 Supporters
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$50
Wish Me t-shirt

For your support, you will receive a t-shirt in your size, branded with the Wish Me logo.

9 Supporters
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$75
PopSocket for your phone

For your support, you will receive a fun PopSocket for your phone.

0 Supporters
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$100
Wish Me coffee mug

For your support, you will receive a Wish Me branded coffee mug.

2 Supporters
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$150
Wish Me t-shirt and PopSocket for your phone

For your support, you will receive a Wish Me branded t-shirt in your size and a fun PopSocket for your phone.

3 Supporters
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lens kit
$250
Lens-Kit and PopSocket for your phone

For your support, you will receive a lens kit and PopSocket for your phone.

1 Supporter
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$500
Monogrammed Vacation Tote

For your support, you will receive a beautiful monogrammed tote bag.

0 Supporters
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$750
Wish Me Gift Basket

For your support, you will receive a custom Wish Me gift basket including: Wish Me branded t-shirt, PopSocket for your phone and a monogrammed vacation tote.

0 Supporters
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$1,000
Generous Human

For your support, we will feature you on the Wish Me website as a generous supporter of our startup. You may also remain anonymous if you like! You will also receive a custom Wish Me gift basket consisting of: Wish Me branded t-shirt, PopSocket for your phone and a monogrammed vacation tote.

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0 Supporters
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$2,000
Generous Company

As you are supporting a woman-led startup in the Canadian tech sector, you will be eligible to be featured on the Wish Me website and social media channels as a generous company and we will be very happy to write a blog post feature on the Wish Me website about your company's initiatives for women empowerment, in partnership with your PR team.

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Wish Me Sticker
$25
Wish Me Sticker

Be the first to collect Wish Me stickers.

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About the entrepreneur

Rewards

Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Just Because I Care

30 Supporters
Contribute
$10
You are my friend!

Congrats! You are officially my true friend because you took the time to contribute to my campaign.

5 Supporters
Select this reward
$20
You are my friend publicly!

Hey, friend! For your support, I will shout you out on social media as a huge thank you for your generosity.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 1.21.55 PM
$50
Wish Me t-shirt

For your support, you will receive a t-shirt in your size, branded with the Wish Me logo.

9 Supporters
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Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 2.58.04 PM
$75
PopSocket for your phone

For your support, you will receive a fun PopSocket for your phone.

0 Supporters
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$100
Wish Me coffee mug

For your support, you will receive a Wish Me branded coffee mug.

2 Supporters
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$150
Wish Me t-shirt and PopSocket for your phone

For your support, you will receive a Wish Me branded t-shirt in your size and a fun PopSocket for your phone.

3 Supporters
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lens kit
$250
Lens-Kit and PopSocket for your phone

For your support, you will receive a lens kit and PopSocket for your phone.

1 Supporter
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Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 2.59.08 PM
$500
Monogrammed Vacation Tote

For your support, you will receive a beautiful monogrammed tote bag.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$750
Wish Me Gift Basket

For your support, you will receive a custom Wish Me gift basket including: Wish Me branded t-shirt, PopSocket for your phone and a monogrammed vacation tote.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Generous Human

For your support, we will feature you on the Wish Me website as a generous supporter of our startup. You may also remain anonymous if you like! You will also receive a custom Wish Me gift basket consisting of: Wish Me branded t-shirt, PopSocket for your phone and a monogrammed vacation tote.

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,000
Generous Company

As you are supporting a woman-led startup in the Canadian tech sector, you will be eligible to be featured on the Wish Me website and social media channels as a generous company and we will be very happy to write a blog post feature on the Wish Me website about your company's initiatives for women empowerment, in partnership with your PR team.

5 Left
0 Supporters
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Wish Me Sticker
$25
Wish Me Sticker

Be the first to collect Wish Me stickers.

0 Supporters
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