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19 Jul

Windowfarms Accused of Conning Canadian Kickstarters

Windowfarms is a great project, but for Canadian investors, it's been a frustrating relationship. Windowfarms is a great project, but for Canadian investors, it's been a frustrating relationship.

 

A new hydroponic growing system called Windowfarms, which shot to success through the popular group funding site Kickstarter, has been accused of ripping off its Canadian backers and not delivering on its project's promises.

The U.S.-based company touted their self-contained hydroponic gardens to 1,577 backers and funded their project with nearly $258,000 in donations. Since the campaign closed in 2011 however, 153 Canadians, some of whom donated over $300, have yet to see anything for it.

Accusations are aimed at the company's founder, Britta Riley, who has not only enjoyed Windowfarms' highly successful launch, but is now a guest speaker on the popular internet series TED talks because of it. While Riley has confirmed that "[their] orders keep me up at night," Windowfarms' Canadian customers have yet to receive any response from the company when inquiring about their delivery.

“While we're a small group, it speaks to what the ethics of the larger project are," said one frustrated backer. "That's too bad, and that's why there's so much disappointment."

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