Press Releases

September 20, 2017: littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit Selected as
Top Holiday Toy by The Toy Insider™

September 1, 2017: Wanted: Star Wars Droid Inventors: littleBits, Disney and Lucasfilm Bring Droids to Life with the Droid Inventor Kit
October 20, 2016: Retailers Join the STEM Education Movement with littleBits: Award-winning educational startup littleBits amps up for largest retail expansion to date with partners Best Buy, Microsoft Stores, Macy’s, Target, Barnes & Noble and Marbles
October 3, 2016: Award-Winning Startup littleBits Helps Parents Reinvent Screen Time with New Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition
August 2, 2016: littleBits Announces the Rule Your Room Kit, Empowering Kids to Master Their Domain by Transforming Everyday Objects into Awesome Touch-Activated Contraptions
June 23, 2016: Microsoft Flagship Store and littleBits Bring Kids a Summer of Inventing; Free Summer Camp Experience at the Microsoft Flagship Store in New York to Introduce Kids to Electronics, Robotics, and Inventing in a Fun and Engaging Way
April 15, 2016: littleBits’ Highly Anticipated STEAM Products for Schools and Libraries Available Today; Educator-Approved littleBits STEAM Student Set and littleBits STEAM Professional Development Bring Invention-Based Learning into the Classroom, Makerspace or Home
April 7, 2016: littleBits Breaks Down Gender Stereotypes at White House Panel on Media and Toys; CEO Ayah Bdeir Speaks on the Importance of Gender-Neutral STEM/STEAM Tools, Alongside LEGO, Disney, Mattel and DC Comics
March 8, 2016: Award-Winning Startup littleBits Announces STEAM Student Set; Designed with Educators, the Powerful Toolbox for Invention-Based Learning is Easy to Teach, Fun to Use
January 12, 2016: littleBits Announces Distribution Agreement with Ingram Micro; New Distribution Relationship Expands Access to littleBits Products in U.S., Empowering Invention and 21st-Century Learning
December 15, 2015: littleBits Announces Distribution Agreement with CDW•G; Distribution Expands Access to littleBits Products for Educators, Empowering STEM/STEAM and 21st-Century Learning
October 8, 2015: littleBits™ Invents New Way To Play With Debut of Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, Unlocking the Imagination for Amazing Tech-­Infused Creations
September 24, 2015: littleBits™ Announces littleBits Education to Empower 21st-Century Learning in K-20 Institutions, Launches First 1:1 Program
July 16, 2015:littleBits Announces the littleBits Store – The Company’s First Pop-Up Store in New York City and a Lab for Creating Inventions Large and Small
June 25, 2015: Hardware Startup littleBits Raises $44.2M in New Funding and Expands its Executive Team
November 18, 2014: littleBits Launches Smart Home Kit, the DIY Solution to Your Own Smart Home
September 16, 2014: littleBits Launches bitLab™: First Marketplace for User-Generated Hardware Democratizes Hardware Invention
July 23, 2014: littleBits Launches cloudBit™, Announces Radioshack as Its First Retail Partner
June 18, 2014: littleBits™ Connects with Fellow Makers at White House Maker Faire
April 24, 2014: littleBits™ Partners with NASA on Earth and Space Activities
November 19, 2013: littleBits™ Closes $11.1 Million Series A Funding Round to Power the Next Generation Hardware Innovation Platform
November 8, 2013: littleBits™ Announces Partnership With Korg, Launch of New littleBits Synth Kit
September 16, 2013: littleBits™ Announces Launch of Three New Electronic Building Kits
July 18, 2012: littleBits Closes Seed Funding and Partners with PCH International To Spark New Generation of Inventors
October 6, 2011: littleBits Closes First Round of Financing, Enters MoMA’s Collection

Fast Facts

Founded: September 2011
Founder & CEO: Ayah Bdeir
Flagship Product: littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition
Ages: 8+
Headquarters: Chelsea, NYC
Employees: 100+
Number of modules to date: 68
Countries sold to: 150+
Number of Global Chapters: 300+
Funding: Angel, 9/2011 ($850K); Seed, 07/2012 ($3.65M); Series A Round, 11/2013 ($11.1M); Series B Round, 6/2015 ($44.2M)
Investors and Partners: DFJ Growth, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners,Foundry Group, True Ventures, Vegas Tech Fund, Two Sigma Ventures, Grishin Robotics, Daher Capital, Wamda Capital, Khosla Ventures,O’Reilly Alpha Tech, PCH International (Supply Chain Partner), Lerer Ventures, MENA Ventures, Neotony Startup I LP, Joi Ito, Nicholas Negroponte, John Maeda, Raghida Ghandour, Joanne Wilson, Jeffrey Walker, Jun Makihara, Jay Dvivedi, Mohamed Nanabhay, Raghida Ghandour, Fadi Ghandour, Taha Mikati, Jason Port, Josh Spear, Salah Chamma, Hutham Olayan

Awards + Honors

  • School Library Journal Top 10 in Tech 2016
  • Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products of 2016: Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition
  • Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products of 2016: Rule Your Room Kit
  • New York Hall of Science Creative Entrepreneurship Award
  • Parents Magazine: Best Toys of 2016
  • Good Housekeeping: Best Toys of 2016
  • Parents’ Choice Gold Award 2016: Rule Your Room Kit
  • TTPM: Most Wanted Toys of 2016: Educational / STEM
  • Fast Company: Innovation by Design Award 2016
  • Fatherly: 20 Most Innovative Companies for Kids and Parents
  • Parents’ Choice Gold Award 2016: STEAM Student Set
  • Learning Magazine 2017 Teachers‘ ChoiceSM Award for the littleBits STEAM Student Set
  • Kids at Play: KAPi Emerging Pioneer Award
  • Modern Library: 2016 Gold Award
  • Popular Mechanics: 2015 Toy Award
  • Good Design Award: 2015
  • ISTE Best of Show 2015
  • Prix Ars Electronica: Honorary Mention 2015
  • Maker Faire Bay Area Editors’ Choice 2015
  • Electronic Musician: 2015 Editors’ Choice Award
  • Fast Company Innovation By Design Award
  • Good Housekeeping: Best Toys of 2014
  • World Maker Faire New York Editor’s Choice 2014
  • White House Maker Faire Maker of Merit 2014
  • The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Top 20 STEM Toy for 2013: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio(
  • Parents’ Choice Gold Award Fall 2013: Parents’ Choice
  • 2013 PAL Awards: Play On Words
  • IDSA: 2013 Gold IDEA Award
  • Dr. Toy: 100 Best Children’s Products of 2013
  • Dr. Toy: 10 Best Technology Products 2013
  • Educator’s Choice Award 2013 MakerFaire SF
  • Children’s Technology Review: Editor’s Choice Award 2013
  • Children’s Technology Review: KAPi Award for Best Technology Toy 2013
  • The National Parenting Center: 2013 Seal of Approval
  • edtechdigest.com: Cool Tool Award 2013
  • Parents’ Choice: Gold Award Spring 2013
  • Academics’ Choice: Brain Toy Award
  • Parenthood.com: National Parenting Publication Awards
  • Parent Tested, Parent Approved Awards
  • Dr. Toy: Best Children’s Products 2012
  • Best Tech Toys of 2012: Best Toys Guide
  • New Educational Toys for 2012: Best Toys Guide
  • Wired: GeekMom: The STEMmy Award 2012
  • Popular Science: Best of Toy Fair 2012
  • NYC Maker Faire: Educator’s Choice Award 2012
  • TED2012 Fellowship, TED2013 Senior Fellowship

 

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Droid Inventor Kit

Code Kit

Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition

Rule Your Room Kit

STEAM Student Set

Arduino Coding Kit

Smart Home Kit

cloudBit Starter Kit

Synth Kit

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