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Bohemian Guitars Joins 500 Startups Accelerator

Bohemian-oilcan-guitarsEarlier this week renowned tech accelerator 500 Startups announced their "9th Batch," a group of startups that will benefit from serious support and intense feedback. Among the current inductees is Bohemian Guitars, a unique instrument company describing themselves as "Creators of one-of-a-kind, premium guitars with a social action mission around music education." I guess the tech part is that they sell them online but they're also an example of leading accelerators branching out beyond the obvious.

I haven't written about Bohemian Guitars before though they sound like a great company. I think I was pitched in relationship to my coverage of Reverb which is breaking some interesting ecommerce ground.

But I don't typically write about instruments, gear or hardware, since we all have our limits, and passed on an interesting story :

"The inspiration behind the oil can guitar comes from the resourceful residents from the townships in South Africa who re-purpose used materials into playable instruments. Through Bohemian Guitars, brothers, Adam and Shaun Lee, who spent their childhood growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, are able to share a piece of their homeland and spread the joy created by the beautiful sounds of oil can guitars with musicians and artists all over the world."

Here's the video from last year's highly successful Kickstarter campaign:

Now the Bohemian Guitars team gets to join the newest class at 500 Startups. The benefits are substantial:

"The 500 Startups Accelerator experiments with early-stage startup formulas for explosive growth with a mixture of up to $250K in funding, superhuman mentors & designers in residence, platform-specific strategies for customer acquisition, a creative workspace and lots more awesomeness."

Congratulations to co-founders Adam Lee, Shaun Lee and Mark Friedman and best of luck in your quest for funding as well as your musical mission.


Hypebot Senior Contributor Clyde Smith (@fluxresearch) posts music crowdfunding news @CrowdfundingM. To suggest topics about music tech, DIY music biz or music marketing for Hypebot, contact: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.

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