On November 3, 4, & 5, the third edition of Kickstart Weekend, previously known as Startup Weekend, was held at the new ERAU innovation incubator (the “MicaPlex”) in Daytona. The annual event is organized by Innovate Daytona, and sponsored by a range of companies in our area. ERAU was the host facility.
The concept is to go from an initial business idea to a company in 50 hours, including a pitch to judges, who pose as investors, a la Shark Tank
Resources such as SCORE, lawyers, technical experts, are on hand to share perspective with the teams on various parts of the business plan, and then to assist the teams as they work through the exercise.
This year, 36 people participated, plus coaches & organizers. After an initial idea pitch of 20+ business ideas on early Friday evening, 7 were selected to move forward. The teams were composed of everyone from mid-career professionals to a team led by a first term engineering student from Embry Riddle, Corinna Del Greco.
SCORE Volusia/Flagler chapter members Jack Phifer and Jean Barthelemy served as 2 of the coaches.
The kickoff keynote speech was made by Chris Gilpin, the CEO of Signal Vault, and an actual Shark Tank winner
The top three teams were:
1. Sea Guardian — a simple RFID device worn in the shoe that instantly notifies the bridge of a Navy ship if a sailor falls overboard, thus allowing the rescue efforts to begin immediately.
2. Lock-A-Loo — a simple but brilliant device that allows women to easily lock any public restroom stall and hang a bag off the floor.
3. Drone Share - a subscription service that allows professional photographers to have access to state of the art drones without having to buy them.
The other teams included ideas such as:
Youthetics—a company that makes easily attachable customized shells for prosthetic limbs.
Beat Drop—a high quality blue tooth speaker integrated into a shower head, including an ingenious water powered turbine that recharged the speaker battery while it is in use.
Container Community—a housing concept based of refurbished shipping containers
Cozzzy Cube—a chair/shelter concept allowing in transit airplane passengers to have a restful, productive experience while having a layover.