Digikey in hardware crowdfunding partnership

Digikey in hardware crowdfunding partnership

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By Nick Flaherty

Distributor DigiKey is launching a crowdfunding collaboration to promote and fund hardware developers.

The deal with GroupGets will help startups get hardware funded, produced and sold on DigiKey’s website, tapping into millions of engineering customers.

GroupGets is a crowd purchasing platform for group buying technology products that helps businesses and individuals launch their products by promoting, funding and distributing electronic devices across the world.

“I made GroupGets to originally ‘hack minimum order quantities’ and put every maker on an equal level playing field with big technology companies,” said Ron Justin, co-founder of GroupGets. “We’ve been a DigiKey fan since we were electrical engineering students in college and are proud to be further supporting the maker community through assisting them in their funding goals, as well as with production and distribution.”

Through the “Get Made” programme GroupGets and DigiKey will cross promote qualifying devices through content, design, distribution and partial funding through DigiKey. Upon successful funding, GroupGets will work with the developers to manufacture the platforms and then DigiKey will list the platforms for sale on its website.

“The ‘Get MADE’ program stemmed from the longtime supply partnership between DigiKey and GroupGets and became a call to action to further support makers trying to enter the market,” said David Sandys, senior director of technical marketing at DigiKey.  “By partnering, we can bring interesting new solutions to market and fuel innovation in the hardware space.”

Eligibility requirements and applications are at

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