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6 Toronto crowdfunding projects to support right now

Toronto is home to many innovative people who've come up with great ideas and products but are short on the resources needed to bring their projects to fruition. These budding entrepreneurs have turned to crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter to enlist your help.

Here are 6 Toronto-based crowdfunding projects you can support right now.

Paragon Games
Since the popular Snakes and Lattes opened in Koreatown, Toronto has welcomed a lot more board game cafes. If they reach their goal of $5,000, the husband-and-wife team behind this Kickstarter campaign will open a cafe featuring board games, retro video games and locally-grown organic food.

The Ultimate Cutting Board
Marketed as the Swiss Army Knife of cutting boards, this nifty contraption is made of maple wood and has a disposal drawer for scraps and storage compartments for knives and a mandolin/cheese grater. There are also insets for a juicer and two measuring cups. It also doubles as a serving platter.

Tito Ron's
Having served their tasty lumpias at events like the T.O. Food Fest, this Filipino-Caribbean pop-up already has a devoted fanbase. In March, chef Tristen Petate will be ditching the temp tents and settling into a permanent location in Kensington Market. Donations will go toward much-needed renovations and equipment upgrades.

Luuup Litter Box
If you love Snuffles but can't stand cleaning his poop (cat owner problems), then you should support this campaign. This litter box uses a sifting mechanism that collects the clumped waste in one tray and filters out the clean litter for re-use onto another. It's a low-tech but nonetheless ingenious solution.

QTemp
Billed as a "personalized weather station," QTemp is a small UV reader that connects with your iPhone or Android through an app, in which you enter information about your particular skin type. QTemp will measure the UV levels and temperature in your immediate surroundings, and will even tell you if it's time to get out of the sun.

oJo
oJo is a small but powerful device containing a rare-earth magnet and a reusable adhesive that lets you attach your phone to virtually any surface. It's particularly useful when you're driving; you can securely mount your phone onto the console. The manufacturers promise that the magnet won't interfere with your phone's functionality.

Which projects will you support? Let us know in the comments.

Photo of Tito Ron's by Jesse Milns.


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