This email was sent on April 2nd 2019 to all our Indiegogo backers
Dear Backers --
On World Autism Awareness Day, I'm very excited to share with you that Leka has been acquired by APF France handicap. Through this acquisition, APF France handicap has made the commitment to deliver the Indiegogo pre-orders when they would be available, to the families and caregivers who have helped build Leka since the very beginning.
On November 30th, I sent you an email announcing Leka was put on "redressement judiciaire", the French equivalent of filing Chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code. The company then had 2 months to find a solution in the form of a capital investor or a buyer.
To find a buyer we published a call for help on LinkedIn that you can find here.
Thanks to this video, we got in touch with APF France handicap who immediately expressed the desire to help us and push our development to the next step.
Their offer was studied by the Commercial Court of the City of Paris on January 31st and officially accepted on February 22nd, 2019.
So it is with pride and relief that I can now announce that Leka has joined APF France handicap.
APF France handicap is a French non-profit organization dedicated to the defense and representation of people with disabilities and their families. APF France handicap owns more than 50 adapted business that employ 80% of people with disabilities. (https://www.apf-francehandicap.org/)
For you this means that your Leka will no longer be manufactured by a subcontractor but directly by APF France handicap. Your Leka will be "Made In France" by people with disabilities passionate about their mission.
We are now working with APF Entreprises to manufacture and deliver Leka as quickly as possible.
We will keep you informed as soon as we are able to give you a delivery date.
On behalf of the entire Leka team, I want to thank each and every one of you, from the bottom of my heart, for the incredible support you have given us over the past two years and even more in recent months. We are well aware that our project has fallen behind due to the lack of a strong partner able to lead us to the end of the manufacturing process. Today, we have finally found this partner.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Ladislas on behalf of the Leka team