Massachusetts Start Up Challange
I looked at the 2011 finalists and I reviewed the ideas that where presented. Of the six finalists I can say only one seemed even remotely worth winning. The collage magazine for women seemed a little weak as did the online custom clothing store. There are enough of those kinds of things around if you know where to look and the magazine just seems a little lack luster. The company looking to improve LED lighting is alright I guess but do we really need to fund a new company to improve LED lighting? why dont they just go get a job at an LED manufacturing company and present their ideas to them.
Cascade lasers and applications, sounds fun but I do not see the benifit right now atleast not when compared to the company I am building up to. Decompression vests for autistic children. Seems legit but not really a game changer. People have been working with autistic chiildren for years and in my own personal experience with them I can say a special vest is not going to help things in that front. What sets off autistic children is things that interupt their routine, throw a new peice of clothing into the mix that is not part of their ordinery array and you are looking fit city. Saw it happen alot when we had to put autistic children in their saftey harnesses for transport on the sped. bus. If it was not "Their" harness it turned into a fight.
Those fiv aside I think the renewable jetfule is the way to go, that would be the one I would back as a business. First it is a renweable source of fule which always has its advantages. It could even lead to more breakthroughs in renewable fule for cars, trucks, boats and all other forms of transportation. Second it is jet fule, the single most expencive fule to obtain and produce. This would lower the cost of airline travel which would bring them an influx of business in the process.
Renweable, that is perhapps the best part of it. A renweable source of fule will not only be clean for the envornment but it will take ease up a bit of the strain on our current fossil fule supply. While fossil fules are not idealy the way to go we will still need them while we develop new renewable fules so less of a burden there means a greater surplus to go around for non reneweable fule sources which in turn means a drop in prices becuse less of the available supply will be used.
So there you have, that is the business I feel should be given the most support and be the one chosen for funding.
The ideas you presented are sound ideas but what you should consdier is your personal skill set and what you want to offer. If you are looking to eastablish a reputation then you do not want to tarnish that reputation by offering ill prepared one on one classes. More so you do not want to attempt to teach a style of cooking you your self do not have much experience in, this could lead to a very bad reputation of not knowing what it is you are talking about and ultimately sink your business.
I like Zorabs idea, to focous on local foods which seemes to be quite a popular thing right now. It would be foolish to not hone in on this market and offer professional classes on local cooking that would appeal to the masses. Another point I would like to touch upon is professional appearance. Zorab has the right of it, dressing professional for meetings will allow investors to take you more seriously and clients will respond alot better to it as well. Ask your self this, would you want someone who looks professional and present a professional demeanor teaching you or would you want someone who looks like an everyday passer by to teach you?
Another interesting thing Zorab has going is to teach classes that offer healthy food. The latest craze seems to be a swing towards healty eating which is another trend...