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Stadtbienen - City Bees
It was Einstein who knew, even in his day, that if bees disappear from the surface of the earth, mankind has only four years left to live. Stadtbienen - city bees - promotes independent beekeeping within cities to fight one of the most pressing environmental problems of our time: the death of bees. We strive to raise the number of bee colonies again. That’s why we have developed the BienenBox: A bee dwelling, that enables beekeepers to keep bees flexibly, ecologically and easily.
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About this project

Funding period 10/8/14 11:43 AM - 11/7/14 11:59 PM
Realisation November 2014 to March 2015
Start level 12,000 €
Category Invention
City Berlin

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What is this project all about?

The bee populations have been sharply decreasing since the late 1990s. The causes of deaths are plentiful, though monoculture and exposure to pesticides in agriculture and the Varroa mite are seen as the main reasons. The implications are far-reaching: Without bees, there would be no pollination of tomatoes, apples, strawberries, nuts and many other fruits and vegetables. As an effect, our ecological diversity and about a third of our food crops are in danger.

As a non-profit organisation, Stadtbienen aims to do away with the problem of our bees dying by providing easier access to beekeeping and thus increasing the numbers of bee colonies in the future. Therefore we have developed the BienenBox: A bee dwelling which is adapted to the needs of the bees and their keepers.

The BienenBox provides a flexible, ecological and easy way to keep bees - whether at home on the balcony, on the terrace, in the garden or even on the roof. The Box is designed to make sure that the bees live in conditions that are as natural as possible. The aim of the BienenBox is to make beekeeping as effortless as possible, making it accessible for people without prior knowledge. The bees will appreciate your hospitality and return the favor with an average of 15 kg of honey per year.

What is the project goal and who is the project for?

For now, we want to bring the BienenBox to all German cities. But we won't stop there, our aim is to internationalise our concept further and bring more bees to cities around the globe. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to do something about the problem of our bees dying - both in the city and on the countryside.

Furthermore, we want to create awareness that everyone can make a contribution and do their part in working together to save the bees. We offer workshops and seminars for anyone interested and also bring the box into schools to interest children in this fascinating species.

Our target group? It's you - and it’s us. People living in shared apartments with roof access, the young family with a small garden, the elderly couple with balcony or experienced beekeepers who appreciate simplicity and flexibility.

Why would you support this project?

The death of bees is an ecological problem we must tackle within the foreseeable future. By doing so, we do not only save the bees but also our livelihoods.

You support us, because ...

  • You appreciate that a dedicated group is working together to combat this issue.
  • You realize the urgency of the issue and would like to contribute to the conservation of bees with your donation.
  • You plan to give bees a home yourself and you appreciate that Stadtbienen offers the infrastructure, guidance and support.
  • You find the idea of ​​BienenBox interesting and want to promote its optimization.
  • You always wanted to produce your own honey.
  • You’re all about bees since you have first seen Maya the Bee.

By acquiring a reward of your choice you support our project and we can bring more bees into our cities.

How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded? 

Large scale production
Last year we were able to produce our first small series through self-financing. Today, over 70 people keep bees with the box in their city. Through your support, we can make the BienenBox ready for large scale production. Some of the costs we have already covered with a donation by a foundation that supports our idea. Now, however, we still miss the last part of financing and we hope to bridge the gap with your support.

The following things must be done in order to produce the BienenBox in larger quantities:

  • Logistics: Optimisation of the supply chain, optimization of shipment
  • Building of customer communication
  • Optimising the guidance and support
  • Optimisation of the existing box mountings

Further development of BienenBox
When we reach the funding goal, we can give even more people access to keep bees. With your help we can bring the BienenBox to everyone with a suitable window. Therefore a universal mounting must be constructed.

Who are the people behind the project?

Behind Stadtbienen are Johannes and his team consisting of Steffen, Benjamin and Fritzi.

It started with Johannes’s idea. After the first prototypes of the BienenBox it became clear that many people are very interested in bees and beekeeping in the city. Earlier this year we initiated our non-profit organisation. In the meantime, we have been awarded with the Green Tec Award and have received the Social Impact Start Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurs. We believe we have achieved a lot in the past few months and we hope that this campaign is just the beginning.

Johannes is the founder of Stadtbienen and has the developed BienenBox. Today he is responsible for the further development of the box and gives workshops & seminars.

Steffen is a founding member Stadtbienen and has been accompanying the project since the early days. Press and Social Media are his areas of responsibility.

Benjamin accompanies the development of our offers and takes care of strategy.

Fritzi has been with us for three months. She takes care of connecting our community.

In case you have questions about the Stadtbienen project or the BienenBox please visit: www.BienenBox.de. We are currently working on a translation. During the campaign you can also contact us via telephone on: +49 15 73 / 369 80 81 (Mo. - Fr. 2 - 5 pm UTC+1). Buzz buzz

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