START GARDEN FUNDS PHOTO MATCHING SYSTEM AND MEDICAL EDUCATION APP

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., August 1, 2013 -- Start Garden, the $15,000,000 seed fund that selects individual ideas each week for investments, announced this week’s round of $5,000 investments from submissions to startgarden.com. These include ScoutFoto, a photo matching system for races and events, and SurgeryEdu, an upgrade to traditional patient materials for doctors.

The announcement comes as the first weekly investment following Start Garden team’s four-week hiatus.

Start Garden Selection
The idea selected this week by the Start Garden team for funding is SurgeryEdu (strt.gd/x00E), an app that will allow medical professionals to walk patients through surgical procedures—a significant upgrade from today’s brochures and verbal instructions. SurgeryEdu”s interactive features would allow personalization to the patients needs, such as drawing/annotating on running animations, voice recording, and saving all user edits in real-time. Clinicians can send the entire clinic visit home to the patient, saving them time.

The $5,000 Start Garden investment will allow SurgeryEdu to begin integration of existing animations into a new user interface, and beta test with physicians at University of Michigan Health System.

“We hope to develop a suite of animations within the app for all surgical specialties, and create a database of education videos to be used by patients directly,” said Tanvi Gangal, creator of SurgeryEdu. “Our goal is to help doctors build stronger relationships with patients and allow them to better serve patients in today’s changing health market.”

Public Selection
The idea selected by the most endorsements from visitors to startgarden.com is ScoutFoto (strt.gd/x4fE), custom photo technology that will allow the images from races, taken by crowds and spectators, to automatically match with the faces and bib numbers of the of runners. The image database will then organize itself so participants can find themselves for download. The $5,000 from Start Garden will allow ScoutFoto to invest in new automation processes and develop a partnership with an online photo printing company.

“Photographers are already using our system and telling us that this is exactly what they need,” said Andrew Wong, founder of ScoutFoto. “ScoutFoto empowers photographers to take even more pictures at more races, as we pick up the most difficult task of reconciling images of each runner with a database of names.”

Each idea receives a $5,000 investment, pending the completion of the investment agreement, which can be found on startgarden.com.

The fund’s management team takes submissions through startgarden.com. Ideas with potential to become businesses can be submitted. Each week the Start Garden team selects an idea and the broader community on the website endorses another idea to receive $5,000. Start Garden can continue to invest up to $500,000 in a single idea. Learn more about submission criteria at startgarden.com/help/criteria.

The next round of $5,000 investments will be announced Thursday, August 8, after the noon deadline. The next Update Night is Thursday, August 22. Learn more about Start Garden events at startgarden.com/events.

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START GARDEN ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $50,000 FOR ONE SECOND EPIC

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[  Funding tied to new iOS events app and partnership with ArtPrize  ]

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 12, 2013 -- Start Garden, the $15,000,000 seed fund that selects individual ideas each week for investments, and opportunities for further investment, tonight hosted its first-ever Second Step Series—a whole new, periodic program that invited entrepreneurs funded at $20,000 or greater to present on the status of their projects before a live audience.

Among the four companies telling their stories, the Start Garden team chose to invest $50,000 in One Second Epic (strt.gd/x55) an iOS app that stiches together micro-videos to create short, beautiful, “epic” videos of life moments for users. The team unveiled a new app, focused on large, social events called Epic Events. The team will partner with ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition, and encourage visitors to document their experience through Epic Events. Thousands of users are expected to contribute tens of thousands of videos to a common feed, which will create a completely user-generated experience.

The other three teams, who received $20,000 from Start Garden, took the stage to have a candid conversation with the Start Garden team and discuss whether or not they are in a position to receive further funding. These include:

• ReindeerCam – Adam Lovelass, Drew Born  (August 2012 Update Night)
The live-feed website and iOS app of “Santa’s reindeer.” During the 2012 holiday season, ReindeerCam sold 51,000 apps and its website saw 2.9 million unique visitors. The site also received $10,000 in donations. Based on user demand, the ReindeerCam team had to increase the number of reindeer feedings to three-times per day. The team is setting a goal of 400-500,000 downloads during the 2013 holiday season.

• Pickl – Jonathan Dodge, Tim Baumgartner (September 2012 Update Night)
After changing their name from This-or-That to Pickl, the social polling application is now a full-fledged app, currently seeking approval from the iTunes App Store.

• Sing Song Yoga – Deb Weiss  (August 2012 Update Night)
The iOS yoga app for families launched in the iTunes App Store on June 1, and in six weeks has seen more than 1,200 downloads.

"These projects are each doing something interesting, building new partnerships and competing in markets that are moving incredibly fast," said Rick DeVos, CEO of Start Garden. "They have all been through epic highs and lows and we're bringing that story to the public with the Second Step Series."

Social accountability is essential to the Start Garden program. Entrepreneurs are required by Start Garden to present their experiment during a monthly Update Night. Teams that received a $5,000 investment discuss their key learnings and prove whether it was viable, desirable and feasible. Start Garden staff then announces who receives additional funding, starting at $20,000. 

Unlike any other program, each week the Start Garden team selects an idea and the broader community endorses another idea through startgarden.com. An idea can come from anyone, anywhere, and each idea receives $5,000. Start Garden can continue to invest up to $500,000 in a single idea. Since April 2012 Start Garden has invested in 95 projects through startgarden.com.

Each Start Garden investment receives a combination of financial, intellectual and social capital. Each person who receives the initial $5,000 investment has 60-90 days to experiment and then return to give an in-person presentation at Update Night. Ideas can receive additional funding, up to $500,000, to continue to move forward in the program. As of this date, there are 30 simultaneous experiments taking place at the $5,000 level. 

Additional detail about Start Garden and its programming can be found at startgarden.com.

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START GARDEN 50 LOUIS CLOSED JULY 3-5 FOR HOLIDAY KICKS OFF BRIEF JULY HIATUS

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. July 1, 2013 – Fifty Louis Street, Start Garden’s downtown hub for entrepreneurs, will be closed from July 3-5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

The holiday break kicks off a four-week hiatus from its weekly investment decisions, monthly updates and education classes. Even though there will be no decisions made, Start Garden will continue to accept ideas through startgarden.com. The 50 Louis space will be open normal business hours in July, and Advisor Hours will continue on Tuesday afternoons.

The organization will also host its new, July 11 Second Step series—a public event featuring updates and candid conversations from portfolio companies.

Its full schedule will return on Thursday, August 1. In the meantime, they are devoting attention to the growth of their portfolio companies—those investments of $20,000 or greater.

In its first year, Start Garden surpassed $2.3 million by investing in 106 ideas, projects and startup businesses. Ninety-five of its funded projects were submitted via startgarden.com. Twenty-two ideas went to the next step and received between $20,000-80,000.

Additional detail about Start Garden and its upcoming programming can be found at startgarden.com.

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RECORDING STUDIO RECEIVES $20,000 INVESTMENT DURING START GARDEN UPDATE NIGHT

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 27, 2013 -- Start Garden, the $15,000,000 seed fund that selects individual ideas each week for investments, and opportunities for further investment, tonight held their monthly Update Night at 50 Louis St. Among the nine companies vying for the next level of investment, the Start Garden team chose to invest $20,000 in Groovebox Studios (strt.gd/x6Ez) a startup for crowdfunding music that helps independent artists fund and create a music video.

The June update night comes before the Start Garden team takes a four-week hiatus from its weekly investment, monthly updates and education classes. While the team will continue to accept ideas through the entire month of July, its full schedule will return on Thursday, August 1. In the meantime, they are devoting attention to the growth of their portfolio companies—those investments of $20,000 or greater—during the Second Step Series on July 11.

Joining the ranks among the next step companies is Groovebox Studios. As an independent music startup based in Detroit, Groovebox creates high-end audio and video content for musicians, and the funding is 100 percent fan-supported. Using existing platforms such as Kickstarter, artists pay nothing, and the fans are part of the entire process.

“Ninety-five percent of bands are independent artists, and the majority will never sign to a major label,” said Shawn Neal, co-founder of Groovebox Studios. “They are in every city, in every country and fans are eager to support them. Groovebox live sessions and recorded product are becoming a gateway to creating instant commercial value for an artist.”

In the 90 days its initial Start Garden investment, Groovebox hired two new people, partnered with Icon Live Studio in Chicago, produced 14 live sessions and three fully produced projects and $30,000 in revenue. Every project was over-funded by the fans of each band.

“Groovebox is playing in an industry that is continues to be in-flux, which makes it difficult to generate consistent positive cash flow, but also makes it ripe for disruption,” said Benjamin Gott, entrepreneur-in-residence at Start Garden. “We think the team has a challenging journey ahead, and we are excited to take Groovebox to the next level.”

Update Night offers teams that have received an initial $5,000 investment a chance to provide an update to the public on their projects. Teams have three-minutes to present before a live audience and explain how the money was used to complete an experiment that proved their idea is desirable, feasible or viable. Following the presentations, a panel of advisors discusses each project and announces which projects Start Garden will continue to invest in. 

Eight additional entrepreneurs presented during Start Garden’s May Update Night, but did not proceed to the next level of investment. These include:
• BARK! Microstudios (strt.gd/x1AA)
• Paintware CRM (strt.gd/x49z)
• Durabot (strt.gd/x6DA)
• Fancy Fray (strt.gd/x89x)
• Ice Cream Gallery (strt.gd/x7OA)
• PillPouch (strt.gd/x4Nh)
• play. (strt.gd/x8oB)
• The Revolution (strt.gd/x22z)

The Start Garden management team accepts ideas with potential to become businesses through startgarden.com. Each week the Start Garden team selects an idea and the broader community on the website endorses another idea to receive $5,000. Start Garden can continue to invest up to $500,000 in a single idea. Learn more about submission criteria at startgarden.com/help/criteria.

The next Start Garden event is the Second Step Series on Thursday, July 11. Four teams, who received $20,000 from Start Garden, will return to tell their story and have a candid conversation with Start Garden about whether or not they're in a position to receive further funding. Learn more about Start Garden events at startgarden.com/events.

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START GARDEN FUNDS PORTABLE FURNACE, CRAFT SODA COMPANY

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 27, 2013 -- Start Garden, the $15,000,000 seed fund that selects individual ideas each week for investments, announced this week’s round of $5,000 investments from submissions to startgarden.com. These include NuDawn Heat, a portable furnace for camping and hunting, and Proper Soda, a micro- or craft-soda company using natural ingredients.

The announcement comes as the final weekly investment before the team will take a four-week hiatus Start Garden will continue to accept ideas through the entire month of July, and its full schedule, including weekly investments will return on Thursday, August 1.

Start Garden Selection
The idea selected this week by the Start Garden team for funding is NuDawn Heat (strt.gd/x1aE), a portable camping heater with a special smart sensor that makes it safe to use in a tent or enclosed space. It can also double as a food/beverage warmer. The $5,000 from Start Garden will help NuDawn host a focus group session to get some candid consumer feedback.

“Thousands of people die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning, due to improper use of propane heaters used in confined spaces,” said Kevin Stoltz, founder of NuDawn. “The NuDawn heater is highly portable, odorless and drastically lowers fatal exhaust gases. It is the ‘Cadillac’ of space heaters.”

Public Selection
The idea selected by the most endorsements from visitors to startgarden.com is Proper Soda (strt.gd/x1rE), a micro-soda producer that is inspired by the craft beer industry. The Start Garden investment will allow Proper Soda to produce a small run of cans as a ‘prototype,’ which will help gauge interest before launching full-scale production.

“The goal of Proper Soda is to highlight a single ingredient or flavor and create a great tasting, natural soda,” said Stephen Curtis, founder of Proper Soda. “We want to do for soda what craft brewing techniques did for the beer industry.”

Each idea receives a $5,000 investment, pending the completion of the investment agreement, which can be found on startgarden.com.

The fund’s management team takes submissions through startgarden.com. Ideas with potential to become businesses can be submitted. Each week the Start Garden team selects an idea and the broader community on the website endorses another idea to receive $5,000. Start Garden can continue to invest up to $500,000 in a single idea. Learn more about submission criteria at startgarden.com/help/criteria.

The next round of $5,000 investments will be announced Thursday, August 1, after the noon deadline. The next Update Night is Thursday, August 22. Learn more about Start Garden events at startgarden.com/events.

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START GARDEN TO TAKE SUMMER HIATUS TO DIG DEEPER INTO PORTFOLIO COMPANIES

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 21, 2013 -- Start Garden, the $15,000,000 seed fund that selects individual ideas each week for investments, and opportunities for further investment has operated at a feverish pace since its launch in April 2012. Today the team announced it will take a four-week hiatus from its weekly investment, monthly updates and education classes. Its full schedule will return on Thursday, August 1. In the meantime, they are devoting attention to the growth of their portfolio companies—those investments of $20,000 or greater.

During July, Start Garden will continue its Tuesday afternoon Advisor Hours, and 50 Louis will be open normal business hours. The organization will also host its new, July 11 Second Step program—a public event featuring updates and candid conversations from portfolio companies.

“This summer, we experiment with things we learned in year one,” said Rick DeVos, CEO of Start Garden. “The Second Step Series gives the public a window into what’s happening after the $20,000 investment, we’re turning over our space for members to play with and introducing startup specific classes.”

In August, Start Garden returns with a vengeance. Thursday, August 1, they restart the weekly cycle of $5,000 investments, and Update Night on the 22nd.  The August calendar is full of new events for members and classes for startups. Member Takeover Night, where a member can self-select to be an advisor and share his or her specific expertise with other members, happens Thursdays. 50 Louis is open until 9:00PM every Wednesday and Thursday for Start Garden members.

Starting July 31, there is a class every Wednesday evening. Each class will address specific startup needs, including: 
• What you need to know before you hire an employee
• Accounting for solo entrepreneurs
• Social media marketing
• Building financial projections
• Leadership development

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START GARDEN FUNDS CHILDREN’S WALLET, ROBOTIC PATIENT AID

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 20, 2013 -- Start Garden, the $15,000,000 seed fund that selects individual ideas each week for investments, announced this week’s round of $5,000 investments from submissions to startgarden.com. These include My Wallet app, a companion iOS app for children’s wallet card set, and Robotic Patient Aid, a mobility assistant to give disabled individuals more independence.

Start Garden Selection
The idea selected this week by the Start Garden team for funding is Robotic Patient Aid (RPA) by Adaptive Mobility Products (strt.gd/x3Wo), which is designed to provide patients with more independent care, and give nurses and health care workers assistance with caretaking. The $5,000 from Start Garden will help Adaptive Mobility create an initial RPA prototype.

“Our newest RPA has received a lot of interest from healthcare professionals.  We would like to move forward and build this new RPA to gain sales and more feedback,” said Jim Schaddelee, founder of Adaptive Mobility Products.

Public Selection
The idea selected by the most endorsements from visitors to startgarden.com is My Wallet App (strt.gd/x3VD), a companion iOS app for the "My Wallet" children's card set. The Start Garden investment will allow My Wallet to build and distribute their app.

“This unique set of cards along with the companion app is the only pairing of its kind. Young children often believe that still pictures can be manipulated if touched, even have sound. Bringing this level of interactivity into fruition is a natural next step,” said Marie-Claire Camp, creator of My Wallet.

Each idea receives a $5,000 investment, pending the completion of the investment agreement, which can be found on startgarden.com.

The fund’s management team takes submissions through startgarden.com. Ideas with potential to become businesses can be submitted. Each week the Start Garden team selects an idea and the broader community on the website endorses another idea to receive $5,000. Start Garden can continue to invest up to $500,000 in a single idea. Learn more about submission criteria at startgarden.com/help/criteria.

Each Thursday at noon the ideas on startgarden.com are stored in the database, and the slate is cleaned for the next week. Anybody who has already submitted an idea and wants it reconsidered for the next week must go back to the website to resubmit. The next round of $5,000 investments will be announced Thursday, June 27, after the noon deadline.

The next Update Night is Thursday, June 27. Learn more about Start Garden events at startgarden.com/events.

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So You Deserve The Title ‘SUPER INTERN’ Eh? Prove It!

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Think you're pretty super? We want you! Now seeking TWO part-time summer/fall INTERNS. But first... are you creative? Are you self-directed? Are you a 'jack-of-all-trades?' Please continue reading...

HOW TO APPLY: Take a moment to look over our site. Have you been to an Update Night? Do you know what the difference between a grant and an investment is? Do you know how to spell 'entrepreneur'? - kidding. Familiarize yourself with our process and personality. If you think our organization suits you, please send a cover letter, resume, reference(s), and any other  materials you feel would help us get to know you better  to nichole@startgarden.com. We'll be accepting applications until Monday, July 8th 2013.

We look forward to meeting you!

 

START GARDEN INTERNSHIP  |  JOB DESCRIPTION 

COMPANY PROFILE
Start Garden is an unconventional venture capital fund that invests in over a hundred ideas a year in small increments. The program brings financial, intellectual and social capital to ideas at the earliest stage by connecting them to the resources of an entire region. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, it is founded by Rick DeVos whose past projects include ArtPrize, 5x5 Night, Momentum and Spout.com.

POSITION SUMMARY
The Start Garden Internship opportunity offers a multi-faceted, hands-on experience with an extremely unique organization and team. The role of Intern includes but is not limited to managing the physical space, assisting the greater team, and promoting exceptional hospitality.

REPORTS TO
The Intern will work with everyone on the Start Garden Team in some facet, as they will be acting as a point person for the organization and communication that keeps the team efficient. However, they will work closely with the Coordinator who will act as the Interns direct contact person and manager.

ENVIRONMENT
It is the role of the Intern to support an environment that promotes ease of creativity among the team. The space and team are open and flexible, and it is the responsibility of the Intern to assist in maintaining it.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The Intern is responsible for projects including but not limited to:

SPACE MANAGEMENT
Responsibilities: Supervises the space activities to achieve maximum experience and productivity throughout the ecosystem.
• Manage office material inventory
• Manage conference room usage/reservations & technology
• Manage physical space (furniture, presentation space, event space, trash/recycle)
• Manage technology and infrastructure challenges
• Assist in management of keys/badges of teams and visitors
• Facilitate kitchen (stock items, load/empty dishwasher, clean space)
• Assist in management of security needs (keys, door codes, light system)
• Serve as after hours staff as needed/scheduled

TEAM ASSISTANT
Responsibilities: Relieves the team of administrative functions as to enable the greater team for other responsibilities and duties.
• Assist with data entry to Start Garden programs (pipedrive)
• Record and organize meeting notes as needed
• Catalog and organize team contact lists and network
• Communicate messages (email, phone, mail) as needed
• Assist with day of event execution (set-up, tear-down, catering, etc.)
• Conduct and document special research/projects as needed

HOSPITALITY
Responsibilities: Promotes positive, open, and flexible ecosystem of space.
• Greet visitors, answer questions, promote Start Garden
• Troubleshoot and conduct customer service needs
• Assist in leading building tours
• Provide refreshments for visitors and members
• Serves as a contact person for team, the space, and the organization as needed
• Collect payments at door for events
• Hand out drink tickets for events
• Answer customer service ‘hello’ emails

ADDITIONAL NOTES

EXPECTATIONS OF CONDUCT
• Conducts oneself as a representative of the organization at work and during office hours
• Demonstrates clear articulation of the organizational message
• Has a demeanor appropriate to be a public face for the organization
• Delivers assignments on time
• Can self-identify areas where the team needs help and deliver support
• Is respectful of the teams space, time, and expectations

SCHEDULE
Start Garden hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM. A weekly schedule will require approximately 15-20 hours during Start Garden office hours. Must be able to support Start Garden events which may include late evening, weekend, and some early mornings. Flexibility of schedule is needed.

COMPENSATION
Part-time (15-20 hours per week). Hourly rate: $9.00, not to exceed stipend of $720.00 a month.

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START GARDEN FUNDS UNDERWEAR OF THE MONTH CLUB, ENGAGEMENT RING BOX CAMERA

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 13, 2013 -- Start Garden, the $15,000,000 seed fund that selects individual ideas each week for investments, announced this week’s round of $5,000 investments from submissions to startgarden.com. These include Underwear Nation, a premier, men’s underwear of the month club, and YesCam, an engagement ring box with a digital camera inside.

Start Garden Selection
The idea selected this week by the Start Garden team for funding is Underwear Nation (strt.gd/x1OD), a men’s underwear of the month club that selects the best designs featuring the latest trends and styles from underwear designers world-wide and presents those in a focused, well-designed and uniquely curated retail experience. The $5,000 from Start Garden will help Underwear Nation setup an ambassador and affiliate program.

“We are obsessed with undies, and our experts are working around the clock to curate the best collection of men’s underwear from around the globe and ship them directly to our members or ‘Citizens,’” said Jerrad Matthew, founder of Underwear Nation.

Public Selection
The idea selected by the most endorsements from visitors to startgarden.com is YesCam (strt.gd/x0MD), a video camera in a ring box that allows users to record proposals from a first person perspective. The Start Garden investment will allow YesCam to sell to and experiment with 15 to 20 jewelry stores across Michigan.

“A proposal is one of the largest milestones in a couple’s relationship. Friends or family currently try to capture the moment from a distance, but YesCam allows an up-close, first-person reaction to this life-changing moment,” said Russell Fyfe, creator of YesCam.

Each idea receives a $5,000 investment, pending the completion of the investment agreement, which can be found on startgarden.com.

The fund’s management team takes submissions through startgarden.com. Ideas with potential to become businesses can be submitted. Each week the Start Garden team selects an idea and the broader community on the website endorses another idea to receive $5,000. Start Garden can continue to invest up to $500,000 in a single idea. Learn more about submission criteria at startgarden.com/help/criteria.

Each Thursday at noon the ideas on startgarden.com are stored in the database, and the slate is cleaned for the next week. Anybody who has already submitted an idea and wants it reconsidered for the next week must go back to the website to resubmit. The next round of $5,000 investments will be announced Thursday, June 20, after the noon deadline.

The next Update Night is Thursday, June 27. Learn more about Start Garden events at startgarden.com/events.

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START GARDEN FUNDS SHOP MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, ON-CALL CHAUFFEUR SERVICE

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 6, 2013 -- Start Garden, the $15,000,000 seed fund that selects individual ideas each week for investments, announced this week’s round of $5,000 investments from submissions to startgarden.com. These include Shop Flow, management tools to help manufacturers run more efficiently, and Your Chauffeur, an on-call driver service to help people under the influence get home safely with their own vehicle.


Start Garden Selection
The idea selected this week by the Start Garden team for funding is Shop Flow (strt.gd/x3xD), a software company focusing on developing business process applications to help manufacturers save time and energy by applying agile/lean methodologies and common sense to their shop management workflow. The $5,000 from Start Garden will help Shop Flow secure commitments from at least five manufacturers.

“Shopflow will be a full-featured system that focuses on the total time/energy it takes to run a job through the system, without requiring every detail to be tracked,” said Torey Heinz, creator of Shop Flow.

Public Selection
The idea selected by the most endorsements from visitors to startgarden.com is Your Chauffeur (strt.gd/x0BC). Using foldable electric scooters and bicycles, the Your Chauffeur team is on-call  to “take the keys” from people leaving the bars and drive them, and their cars, home. The Start Garden investment will allow Your Chauffeur to invest in another electric scooter and hire additional drivers for better coverage and responsiveness.

“People who enjoy the nightlife can often have too much fun. Unfortunately driving is not an option, but they need their car the next day, that’s where Your Chauffeur steps in,” said Chad Becker, founder of Your Chauffeur. “We’re on-call for the bar scene, but could also be useful for people who need rides home after doctor visits or special events.”

Each idea receives a $5,000 investment, pending the completion of the investment agreement, which can be found on startgarden.com.

The fund’s management team takes submissions through startgarden.com. Ideas with potential to become businesses can be submitted. Each week the Start Garden team selects an idea and the broader community on the website endorses another idea to receive $5,000. Start Garden can continue to invest up to $500,000 in a single idea. Learn more about submission criteria at startgarden.com/help/criteria.

Each Thursday at noon the ideas on startgarden.com are stored in the database, and the slate is cleaned for the next week. Anybody who has already submitted an idea and wants it reconsidered for the next week must go back to the website to resubmit. The next round of $5,000 investments will be announced Thursday, June 13, after the noon deadline.

The next Update Night is Thursday, June 27. Learn more about Start Garden events at startgarden.com/events.

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