When Mica Sloan and Aidan Daoussis moved into the Lassonde Studios in the fall of 2016, they only had one thing in common: a shared loft space. Placed together by chance, the two strangers quickly discovered that they shared a bit more than just a living room and kitchen — these two out-of-staters would stumble into a startup as partners of Portal Power.
Daoussis, a business major and an active Foundry program member, first came up with the idea of creating a portable, simplified energy source several years ago. This source would provide people with a means to travel lightly and longer, while still maintaining their phone battery life.
However, it was Sloan, an engineering student and entrepreneurially minded professional photographer, that was able to take Daoussis’s bright idea and design a tangible product and market the business idea: Portal Cord.
“Portal Cord provides both backup, rechargeable, on-the-go energy, and also acts as a USB charging cord,” Sloan said.
Since their decision to work together in September of 2016, Portal Power has become an officially registered LLC company, with a patent filed on the Portal Cord conceptual design. Additionally, Sloan has successfully produced several iterations of both functional and visual Portal Cord prototypes. An electrical and computer engineer has also been selected to design the circuit board for the final product.
Portal Power has also received help from the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the U, getting multiple grants from the Get Seeded program.
The company has conducted initial product outreach and customer validation research, seeing a strong backing of the startup concept thus far.
In the near future, Portal Power will be launching a Kickstarter to raise funds to move the company into full production. Until then, stay connected by following their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit their website at portalpower.com.
Find this article and a lot more in the 2017 “Student Innovation @ the U” report. The publication is presented by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute to celebrate student innovators, change-makers and entrepreneurs.