Fastest Funded UK Startup Ever – $250k in 24 hours on Indiegogo!

It’s official – we are the fastest funded UK startup on Indiegogo with over $250,000 raised in just 24 hours.

An open letter to all our Indiegogo backers:

“To all our brand new Swytchers, and to those who have supported us for the second time having already Swytched with our last indiegogo campaign…

Thank you! You are awesome

“It’s an absolute game-changer for us to be have raised so much support in just 24 hours. This means we can now fulfill our mission to change the way people move. This funding is sufficient to significantly ramp up production of Swytch kits and make a serious impact on the carbon footprint of our transport network.”

“Furthermore, once other people see the new influx of Swytch kits on the roads, word will spread and we hope within a few years that there will be a significant shift in the number of people choosing to cycle further and faster, with electric assistance, instead of driving!”

SWYTCH IN THE NEWS – “Hand-Held kit turns any bike electric” [DesignBoom]

“I can’t wait to buy one for my granddaughter and myself!!”

[DesignBoom – Kieron Marchese]

Read the full article here

Published on 6th September

The Swytch team was super excited to see our product get picked up in the press by major tech site DesignBoom.

The best bit about this article is the comments – over 300 people have shared or commented. And some of the comments are wonderful!

I can’t wait to buy one for my granddaughter and myself!” [Gary Rankin]

Awesome Gary! We can’t wait to see some cool photos of your Swytch bikes.

Alright! We’ll be looking out for it 🙂

I will be the first to order the kit” [Driss]

The Coolest Startups of Eurobike 2019

Once a year the whole cycling world turns its eye on Friedrichshafen Germany, for the largest international bike show. This year that eye has turned specifically to look at the world of Cycling Startups. For the first time ever an entire hall of the fair has been dedicated to the most innovative and disruptive Startup Tech from the world of bikes.

We made a fun video with the coolest startups there, hope you enjoy it!

PRAEP [Germany]

OK so the idea here is do push-ups to become better at stunt riding and bmx? I mean that is a badass website so it must work…

What I want to know is how many push ups does it take before I can do a backflip?

Pocket Pedal [Iceland]

The ultimate gadget for road cyclists – a flexible folding pedal adapter that fits in your pocket, and goes over your clip-on pedals turning them into regular pedals.

Convercyle [Germany]

A very nifty bicycle that converts instantly into a long tail cargo bike and back again. Their crowd-funding campaign video includes some hilarious camera work making it look like the bike rides by itself.

Tocsen [Germany]

It calls if you crash. Nifty stick-on bluetooth device with advanced crash detection linked up to your phone and calls emergency services if you have a fall! Nice.

Calamus [Germany]

Calamus claims to be the world’s first UltraBike with ultra-cool specs coming out of every joint.

Is it all smoke an mirrors though? The demos at their stand didn’t seem to work…

Let’s hope it is not a “Calamus-ity” for anyone who ordered one of these!

BikerTop [Italy]

No more cycling jackets! This pull-up rain shield keeps you dry in whatever clothes you’re wearing.

Might be a bit sketchy when it’s windy but as long as it’s rain and no wind, cool!

The island man with the crazy amphibious vehicle

“It floats!” …. well if you say so

Ok so imagine you live alone on an island. You want to be able to drive across the lake and then over the fields to your local corner shop to get milk, and back again, all in the same vehicle… Well guess what your dream has just come true!

Now just to find a market of other like-minded island dwellers…

SWYTCH IN THE NEWS – “Three inventions that can change the way we cycle for ever” [Telegraph Online]

 “Three inventions that can change the way we cycle for ever

[The Telegraph – James O’Malley]

Read the full article here

Published on 30th August

“Cycling is an easy and effective way to contribute towards a zero-carbon future…”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Swytch Technology is honoured to have been selected a for the prestigious OVO Energy Innovation Bursary for contribution to cycling technology.

It was a pleasure to meet the other companies competing in this event – all seeking to increase the uptake of cycling through developing new technology.

The OVO energy Innovator awards consisted of a wide range of workshops, seminars and networking bringing like-minded invididuals together to tackle the key barriers to cycling which are:

  • Accessibility
  • Safety
  • Weather

Swytch decided to focus on Accesibility – by making regular bikes electric we enable all generations and all demographics to have better access to cycling as a primary mode of transport.

“Cycling is the ultimate mode of transport,” says Adrian Letts, CEO

And we totally agree! We were excited to see the huge level of interest in our demo session, demonstrating to all participants the benefit of electric assist.

Swytch in the News: “Easy-fit kit that will turbo-charge any bike” []

“Overall the Swytch system is versatile, its ease of installation is excellent, and the parts are of sound quality.”

Read the full article here

Published on 15th Feburary 2019

Joseph Delves didn’t expect his dumpster-found Hercules Balmoral to be up for an electrical rebirth. To his surprise, this bike proved to be an ideal suitor for the Swytch Kit’s easy-fitting components.

This brings to mind all the dust covered bikes sitting about in sheds waiting to be resurrected, just like Frankenstein, into eco-friendly grocery-getters and hill-smashers.

SWYTCH IN THE NEWS: Video Feature on Sky News!

How it’s made Edition 2:

Swytch Handlebar Connector

Swytch in the News: “Swytch has electric bike conversion in the bag” []

“We’ve seen a number of kits that allow cyclists to temporarily turn their existing bike into an e-bike, by swapping one of its wheels with an electrified one. It’s a pretty simple solution, although the Swytch eBike Conversion Kit may be even simpler and easier yet.”

Published on November 14, 2017

You may have seen a few all-in-one electric conversion kits. Having all the components on the wheel makes converting your bike simple, but 7-9kg is a lot of extra revolving weight for whenever you don’t want the electric assist.

The Swytch Bike comes with a solution – mount all the electrics to the handlebars, and you can instantly remove 90% of the weight when you fancy going manual! What’s more, it’s way more healthy for your front fork.

Swytch in the News: “No matter the shape, turn any bicycle into an ebike with the Swytch kit” []

“What really sets the Swytch apart from competitors is its versatility. the startup has also launched a limited-edition range of custom electric bicycles. This includes a bamboo bike, a vintage street cruiser, and probably the first electric penny-farthing.

Published on 4 December 2017

Though it would be nice not to need a shower when you arrive at work, most cyclists think £2000+ is a lot to pay for that luxury. A shiny new eBike will certainly eat into your savings. Surely there’s another, budget-friendly, solution?

Enter the Swytch Bike: our lightweight, instantly removable, and much more affordable electric conversion kit. You already have the “Bike”, you just need the “e”! Turn the bike you love into a quality eBike at a quarter of the cost. From as little as £475, its a no-brainer to axe that shower from your morning commute.

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