What's the big idea?
We have designed an autonomous snow removing robot that will clear your driveway continuously all night, triggered to start at the beginning of each snowfall. Think of a Roomba vacuum except meant for your driveway: completely autonomous with no human interaction needed. Using low cost components and custom programming, we are able to add a convenience factor that no other snow removal method currently on the market can match.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
The most comparable products are a snow shovel or a snow blower. While accessible and inexpensive, a snow shovel requires an excessive amount of labor. Snow blowers reduce necessary work, but are much more expensive.
How are you different from that player?
Our snow removal method is completely autonomous in nature with the ability to start the process at the beginning of each snowfall. Having this minimal level of necessary human interaction with better results sets us apart.
How does this idea scale into a big business?
Our goal is to perfect a stand-alone unit that can be sold in the retail market. This unit can be sold as an all-inclusive snow removal process for both personal and corporate use. We will begin with several prototypes sold to local customers, and grow into a larger customer base with online sales.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
We’re a talented group of business savvy mechanical and electrical engineers ready to bring fresh solutions to the table. With several iterations of our prototype complete, and consultation with many mentors along the way, we are ready to see our products a reality.
What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?
$5000 would provide us the opportunity to bring our product to a marketable point, allowing us to prove our business feasibility by selling multiple 2nd generation prototypes to consumers, creating valuable market feedback.