Frustrated  by unpredictable and often political funding for science research, a handful of young researchers think they’ve found the answer: crowdfunding.

The researchers–who have backgrounds in synthetic biology, rocket science and other disciplines–built much of  their startup, Experiment.com, while at the Y Combinator accelerator in 2013.

Top investors including Index Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz have now invested in the San Francisco-based startup, which launches its platform today.