On a hike up Hochkönig, an idea is born from a problem... For reasons of focus and hygiene most sports require the use of a squeezable bottle, yet nobody seems to like the taste of such bottles, because they are all made of plastic. So when it comes to the essential subject of hydration, why should we sacrifice purity and good taste for mere functionality?
Pictures taken that day!
Spending countless hours at trade fairs, looking for solutions in materials and possible technologies...
From alloys, elastic and metallic glas to complicated pump systems, origami structures, hydroforming, deep drawing and creative welding – for one or the other reason none of these technologies seem to be quite the right solution for the challenge at hand.
Good things come to those, who keep going...
Austrian state-funding (aws impulse XS) is granted.
A hint by an old friend and engineer from Switzerland draws our attention towards the field of layering-technology. Crucial...
Breakthrough... Having found a partner of development in the University of Leoben (Austria), first tests regarding the layering-technology bring positive results and Titanium is the material of choice!
Another proof of concept. This time from Denmark. Layering does in fact work for the production of a sports bottle.
Working on the design because technology alone is never enough.
Trying to get it right for every sport.
Baptism: Officially registering under the name of KEEGO.
Building the first prototype.
2017 ends on a high note. Getting the deal done with the Danish production partner. Being granted another state-funding. While shooting photo and video content for the Kickstarter campaign. KEEGO finally on camera... Epic!
Start of the crowdfunding Campaign on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
What will the crowd think? Are we doing something people will like?
Squeezing it all out.
What a success!
What started with a small goal of €25.000 EUR ended with 277.573 EUR and 3.535 backers supporting KEEGO.
The planned production system turns out to be too small and melts bottles when running at higher speed.
Not only the system needs an overhaul but also the material combination has to be aligned. Unfortunately, the current manufacturer can’t handle the new process.
A new production partner is found in Switzerland. And the first samples are perfect. Winds are turning!
Light at the end of the tunnel!
Delivery to all the crowdfunding backers
"KEEGO is the ideal drinking bottle"
"Drinks keep their pure taste even in the heat"
Our first booth at the world biggest cycling fair “Eurobike” in Friedrichshafen.
Production of the second generation of KEEGOs – even lighter and easier to squeeze. Plus a new color: Celestial Mint.
Our first award!
"This is the end of plastic water”
Our second award!
At the ISPO.
We keep going.