Minneapolis startup Spark stages $567k Kickstarter comeback

SparkCoreMinneapolis startup Spark has come full circle since their initial Kickstart attempt over the winter.

As of 7pm this evening, the creators of Arduino-compatible, Wi-Fi enabled, cloud-powered development platform known as Spark Core, have crowdfunded $567,968 on Kickstarter from 5,549 backers.

Spark came hot out the gate, reaching their $10k minimum within the first 90 minutes.  They later announced a collaboration with Pebble, SmartThings, and UBI — hitting multiple financial milestones along the way.

The latest campaign update indicates that their next phase will be about testing, tweaking and production with “lots of building and coding on the software side.”  Target shipping dates are also provided:

  •  T-Shirts – June 21
  •  Beta-Tester Cores – June 21
  •  Cores, Shields, Kits, and everything else – September 16

“The last 30 days have been an incredible experience. The outstanding level of support we’ve received on Kickstarter means that we can grow our team and do everything we’ve hoped and dreamed of with the Spark Core. Which means we’re hiring! Team of 4 seeking like-minded software and hardware folks to help us build something awesome. Email us at [email protected],” says co founder and CEO Zach Suppalla.

Those interested in learning more about Minnesota’s maker movement while celebrating some local tech success are invited join Spark and others on June 12th at CoCo Minneapolis.