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August 05, 2013

Net proceeds will be donated to Junior Achievement of San Diego County (JA)

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 5, 2013 - The first ever KickBack 2013 event on Aug. 16 will unite three local companies, who combined raised nearly $750,000 to launch their new products on the internet’s top crowdfunding website—Kickstarter. Free and open to the public, the event will be held at the W Hotel’s rooftop bar from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16.

The organizers invite the community members to meet a group of local Kickstarter project creators to bounce around ideas and get tips for bringing creative project to life.  All of the companies will offer their new goods at discounted prices. All net proceeds and the door raffle will go to support Junior Achievement of San Diego County’s entrepreneurship, career readiness and financial literacy programs.

The three San Diego-based companies participating are:

Each of the companies has successfully completed and funded their campaigns and now are eager to give back to the community that helped them meet their funding goals.



- Original Grain Watches, founded by Jasem Dulany, Ryan Beltran and A.J. Beltran, is a one-of-a-kind watch collection. Their ingenious all-natural wood and stainless steel design sets the brand apart from all others. As a testament, their successful Kickstarter campaign raised over $390,000.

- Trakline Belts, founded by Mauro Bove and Steve Olson, is a new kind of belt for men. This belt has no holes, instead, a hidden trak system that makes finding a perfect fit easy and stylish.  Through their Kickstarter campaign, Trakline Belts sold more than 4,000 belts, with a total raise of over $315,000. 

- Articulate Wallets founded by Kramer Laplante and Kevin Barth isn’t your average leather wallet.  Their unique, slim-style billfold combines cool colors with beautiful design, that looks and fits great in your pocket. Their success was validated when they raised over $106,000 recently on Kickstarter.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO, INC. works locally to reach 52,000 students in K-12 classrooms for the 2013-2014 school year, which takes thousands of volunteers who lead classes and experiential programs.  For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit


Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. They are a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people around the world. Since their launch in 2009, more than 4.5 million people have pledged over $724 million, funding more than 45,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.


Bombarded with inquiries about how they succeeded on Kickstarter, three San Diego companies with completely funded projects decided to come together to share their knowledge and products with the local community.  Free and open to the public, Kickback 2013 will showcase the power of crowdfunding, while offering unique products for sale at discounted pricing. Net product proceeds, as well as door raffle proceeds, will benefit Junior Achievement of San Diego County.