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Student-owned Startup Launches Kickstarter Campaign

SPRINGFIELD — AnyCafé, a Springfield startup company formed at Western New England University by five students, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds through pre-sales of its product. The startup company grew out of a program sponsored by Valley Venture Mentors.

AnyCafé has developed a coffee mug that will conveniently brew coffee inside the mug anytime, anywhere. The user can add cold or hot water, and use a K-Cup coffee insert. The mug operates using batteries, a wall plug, or a car-charging adapter. A patent is pending on the AnyCafé Travel Brewer.

The student developers include engineering seniors Logan Carlson from Horseheads, N.Y., Chris Urciuoli from Victor, N.Y., and Ryan Noon from Kutztown, Pa.; Evan Choquette, a computer science major from Rocky Hill, Conn.; and Michael Belinski, a marketing major from Quinebaug, Conn.

The Kickstarter campaign will run through Tuesday, Dec. 13, and will allow consumers to purchase the mug for a discounted price. To visit the AnyCafé Kickstarter campaign, click here.

AnyCafé is also sponsoring a unique holiday tree display at the annual Festival of Trees in Tower Square in downtown Springfield from Nov. 25 through Dec. 11.

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