Last February, we profiled Ukrainian-founded startup Kwambio, which was preparing to launch a marketplace for 3-D printed designs. Now, the company has reached out to us with what they have been up to lately.
To start, in what seems like a logical move for most startups these days, they have gone mobile and announced the launch of their app for iOS. The app, available for free, allows users to shop in their marketplace, customize designs (including previewing them in materials and finishes), find information on designers, and track orders, from production to delivery. And, on the physical side, Kwambio has informed us that this month marks the launch of its own factory facility.
Checking out their website in its current state, I found that you have the option of checking out 16 different items, from rings, to bracelets, to vases, and more, that range in price from $38-325. The products can be filtered down by type (“decor”, “jewelry”, or “all”) or by designer. There are only a few designers who offer wares through the platform at the moment, but quite a few are listed as “coming soon”. All told, there are due to be 18 designers (at least) selling through the platform at some point.
Last June, the startup announced that they had hauled in $650K from the Techstars Boston accelerator and undisclosed other angels, a deal that they declared would help them to expand into additional markets, particularly focusing on Europe and the United States. Though launched by Ukrainians, Kwambio has already positioned itself for growth in the American market by maintaining its headquarters in New York City.