It took a decade for Stuart and Cedar Anderson, a father and son living in rural Australia, to find a solution to a challenge they’d experienced as beekeepers: how to harvest honey without donning an uncomfortable bee suit, smoking out the bees, and going through a series of cumbersome and messy steps that could kill bees in the process.
When they first launched their invention three years ago on Indiegogo–a hive that releases honey through a tap, called the Flow Hive–they set a goal of raising $70,000 to start production. They reached that goal in around five minutes. In 15 minutes, they had raised a quarter of a million dollars. By the end of the campaign, they’d raised $12.2 million, and helped thousands of people become first-time beekeepers. The Flow Hive was also a winner of Fast Company’s 2016 World Changing Idea awards. Now, a second version of the product, which closed a new crowdfunding campaign on March 4, raised around $1,500,000.