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Startup Weekend: Maker Edition Winners Announced

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Startup Weekend: Maker Edition Winners Announced


LANSING, MI – Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)
announced today the two winning new businesses that resulted
from the hard work and dedication of entrepreneurs at the
second annual Startup Weekend: Maker Edition, held Friday,
Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015.

At the conclusion of the weekend, attendees pitched their
businesses to a panel of judges including: Scott Reschke, chief
executive officer, Strength in Numbers Studios; Paresh Malde,
chief operating officer, Software Different; Bo Garcia, dean of
Community Education and Workforce Development at Lansing
Community College (LCC); and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
The winning team received business services from sponsor
organizations including free legal formation from Loomis Law
Firm and an automatic finalist spot at October’s Hatching event
to help them continue to develop their business.

Safe Water won the Mayor & LCC President, Dr. Knight’s pick.
Safe Water is an app that will notify the user of how clean and
safe the water is in their location. People in the U.S. take clean
water for granted, but as recent events like the Flint water crisis
and the contaminated water in Kalamazoo have shown us,
contaminated water can occur even in our backyard. This app
can be used for domestic and foreign traveling. The four person,
all women team created an MVP (Minimum Viable Product)
during the event.

Sandwich Case won the Judge’s Award. Sandwich Case is
a merger of a phone case and a Swiss Army knife. The case
includes interchangeable components like scissors, nail clippers,
level, screw driver, etc. This team created a mock model and
fully developed business model during the event.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where entrepreneurs take
their ideas from concept to a full-blown business. On the first
night, attendees pitched ideas for new ventures to the group.
These ideas had to be brand new and could not be works in
progress. From there, the group voted on the top five to 10
ideas, formed teams around these ideas and spent the rest of
the weekend taking them from the drawing board to reality.

The weekend’s speaker was Rick Wyble, head distiller and
president at American Fifth Spirits. The event was sponsored
by LEAP, LCC, LCC Foundation, Michigan Small Business
Development Center and Michigan Economic Development

Makers from across metro Lansing explored their inner maker
by taking part in a full week of hands-on activities at the second
annual Lansing Maker Week, held Oct. 5 through Oct. 11.

Lansing Maker Week was stacked with a lineup of tours and
hands-on projects in areas that included food and drink, textiles
and apparel, 3D printing, electronics and programming and the
intersection of 21st century jobs and maker skills.

Local business incubators, museums, libraries and maker
spaces opened their doors to the public by hosting interactive
activities, workshops and projects.

On Monday, Oct. 5, Impression 5 Science Center showcased
its newest exhibit, Throwing Things, and gave tours of its newly
expanded exhibit space, which is still under renovation. On
Tuesday, Oct. 6, MSU Libraries’ Make Central and East Lansing
Public Library Maker Studio 2.0 held open houses where people
could discover the latest 3D printer creations, find resources and
attend hands-on workshops throughout the day. On Wednesday,
Oct. 7, Allen Market Place held its Lansing Food & Brew, where
foodies could enjoy free drinks from Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale
and food from local vendors.

On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11, Meridian Mall in
Okemos was home to the first Mini Maker Madness, geared
toward kids of all ages. This family-friendly event featured 3D
printing, robotics and hands-on activities including a Mega Toy
Hack on Sunday, where kids could hack, pull apart, reuse and
repurpose toys, then build a new toy and take it home with

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekend is a global
network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission
to inspire, educate and empower individuals and communities.
Teams of participants come to share ideas and launch a series
of startups - all in 54 hours. It’s an exciting, productive event
with a track record of fostering successful, job creating startup
companies across the nation. Startup Weekend: Maker Edition
is the fifth of its kind in the U.S.; others have been held in
Houston, Seattle, Raleigh and Atlanta. For more information, visit

About Lansing Maker Week: Lansing Maker Week is a
choose-your-own-adventure event stacked with a lineup of
tours, hands-on projects and guest speakers, as well as the
second annual Startup Weekend: Maker Edition. Local business
incubators, museums, schools, maker spaces and more open
their doors to the public to host interactive activities, workshops,
lectures and projects. Built with activities for families, college
students and children of all ages, this week will help give Lansing
DIY-ers, foodies, artisans, programmers and inventors access
to the action and opportunity here in their own backyard. Learn
more at

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