Seven student startup teams received $10,410 in milestone grants at the monthly Get Seeded Final Pitch Event at Lassonde Studios for November on Dec. 4. See below for a list of teams and their product ideas.
Get Seeded is a monthly milestone grant funding program open to all college students in Utah. The first step is to apply online. All university students in Utah are welcome to apply for grants.
Students requesting more than $500 follow a three-step process, concluding at the monthly Final Pitch Event, where they pitch to an audience that votes on who gets funded. Students requesting $500 or less — called “micro seed grants” — are funded after a two-step process.
The program is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah and sponsored by Zions Bank.
Learn more about Get Seeded and apply for a grant here: lassonde.utah.edu/getseeded.
Neptune Plastics — $2,500
Neptune Plastics has developed a new plastic that biodegrades in 10 days and dissolves in water in under an hour. This plastic was created to replace the current use of heat-sealable plastic bags for the shipping industry. Neptune Plastics plans to use this funding to move forward with producing their solution at a level that allows them to go to market.
Synodic Artwork — $2,400
Synodic Artwork is a game studio, developing a video game that mixes styles of role-playing games with a simple combat system and story elements that deepen relationships between characters. Synodic Artwork plans to use this funding to purchase their 3-D character assets to move forward in their game production process.
Second Sole — $2,200
Second Sole is developing replaceable soles in shoes. This is for the purpose of not having to buy new shoes every month when consistently skating and foot-braking. Second Sole plans to use their funding to focus on completing a clear concept patent, enabling the company to then pursue licensing deals.
Kurl Up — $2,000
Kurl Up is developing safe curly hair products by making one hair product that has safe ingredients and acts a styler, moisturizer, curl definition, and adds volume to make it more accessible. Kurl Up will use this funding to pursue prototyping and testing their original formulations.
Micros Seed Grants
KIT — $500
KIT is developing a platform that allows you to put a standard two-person camping tent on top of to turn it into a flat-lay hammock tent. KIT will use this funding to complete the patent filing with a local law firm.
Melt Down — $500
Melt Down is building a cookie delivery system on the University of Utah campus, providing warm baked goods to students living in the dorms. Melt Down plans to use this funding to buy supplies to test recipes and delivery methods to provide the best experience.
Neurotic and Exotic — $310
Neurotic and Exotic is creating a clothing company that uses artistic designs to depict the neurotic feelings of those suffering from mental illness. Neurotic and Exotic plans to use this funding to commission some artwork to test with potential customers and obtain customer validation for the product.