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Kickstarter.com Approves Synergy Aircraft Project


Kickstarter.com reconsidered its initial decision and has approved the Synergy project.

May 17, 2012 - If at first you don't succeed ... The Synergy aircraft project, looking to generate funding to proceed with its potentially game-changing aircraft design, has been approved by Kickstarter.com after initially being denied by the crowdfunding website. Kickstarter.com provides an effective way for creative people to generate grassroots funding efforts.

John McGinnis, Synergy designer, explained that his first project submission to Kickstarter.com was deemed "not the best fit" because it did not fit the crowdfunding website's "creative arts focus."

After informing Synergy supporters of the rejection, a grassroots effort called Friends of Synergy was formed and quickly raised more than $5,000. People also sent e-mails and wrote blogs about Synergy and its being rejected by Kickstarter.com, and that grassroots reaction appears to have given Kickstarter.com officials a change of heart.

McGinnis said he received an e-mail from Kickstarter's Callan Lamb that read, "I wanted to reach out and let you know that we've reconsidered your project submission."

"We're ecstatic that Kickstarter will now help," McGinnis said, calling the Synergy Kickstarter project's initial goal of $65,000 just "life support" for the engine and landing gear installation phase. "We're happy to receive this opportunity at this crucial time."

A credentialed lineup of test pilots, engineers, scientists, and homebuilt aircraft enthusiasts are following the project closely. The project is counting on a major response from the resurrected Kickstarter campaign. "I think this could be huge," McGinnis said. "Ordinary people get it."


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