Meet Lloyd Hopkins, One of the 6 ASU Venture’s Founders in the API2X Summer Accelerator

Meet Lloyd Hopkins, One of the 6 ASU Venture’s Founders in the API2X Summer Accelerator

For five weeks now, six ASU startups have been going through an intense entrepreneurial training. In joining the 8-week summer accelerator program, Arizona Prosperity Initiative 2X, API2X for short, at Skysong, they are taking a deep dive into their business and financial modeling, applying their learning as they go, and walking step-by-step their critical path. It will be a fierce Pitch Day on July 5! Throughout the summer, we will feature one of the ventures we are proud to collaborate with. This week, let’s meet Lloyd Hopkins, founder of Million Dollar Teacher Project, a not-for-profit organization. Million Dollar Teacher Project is making a difference in every classroom.  Their community based solutions create a positive environment within the school to inspire, motivate and attract amazing teachers committed to helping every student reach their potential. Lloyd, what is your background? I have been in the Phoenix area for over 20 years by way of Dallas/Fort Worth Texas.  I attended Maryvale High School on the West Side of Phoenix and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management May 2016.   Why did you start a non-profit organization? I have been working in the nonprofit sector for 17 years.  The majority of my work has revolved around education in different capacities.  I have spent time in the classroom as a teacher’s assistant, I have worked with organizations trying to reduce the dropout rate and combat the crisis of disconnected youth in the valley.  My desire to branch out on my own and create a nonprofit organization stemmed from my frustration with the education system as first a...
Will a Robot Replace You at Work? This Website Tells You

Will a Robot Replace You at Work? This Website Tells You

Will a Robot Replace You at Work? This Website Tells You It’s hardly a theoretical exercise to wonder if you will lose your job to a robot. Robots, or some form of automation, are already affecting the livelihoods of physicians, airplane pilots, and journalists -plus factory workers, of course. Speech and vision recognition is getting better, aided by improved cameras and algorithms, replacing the menial jobs that once drove the...

Meet Tyler Fellman, One of the 6 ASU Venture’s Founders in the API2X Summer Accelerator

On May 16, 2017 six ASU tech startups joined the inaugural 8-week summer accelerator program, Arizona Prosperity Initiative 2X, API2X for short, at Skysong. API2X takes founders from MVP to VC, walking them through each step to find their critical path to traction with in-depth, bi-weekly business and financial modeling, applied learning projects and 1:1 mentoring. Their intense entrepreneurial training will be tested on Pitch Day on July 5, when each entrepreneur will pitch their innovation in front of a panel of experts. Six more weeks to go! Throughout the summer, we will feature one of the ventures we are proud to collaborate with. This week, let’s meet Tyler Fellman, founder of Fellman Watch Co. Fellman Watch Co. is a startup company specializing in wristwatches designed for outdoor elements. Sourcing directly from the manufacturer, Fellman Watch Co. assembles in the US for high quality control and incorporates elements from luxury watches at an affordable price. Don’t miss out on the exclusive deals only available through Kickstarter, which will end on June 10! BACK THIS PROJECT NOW Tyler, what is your tech background? I have a technical background and a Mechanical Engineering degree from ASU. Through university and after graduation, I worked in the aerospace field. Most recently I was and engineer at Raytheon until I returned to ASU to pursue an MBA and MSE in Systems Engineering. In parallel to returning to university, I launched Fellman Design and Enterprises and our flagship product, Fellman Watch Co.   Why did you start a watch line? Something was missing. It started as a project four years ago when I could not...
3 Top Resources for DIY Entrepreneurs

3 Top Resources for DIY Entrepreneurs

A staggering 500,000 new businesses are started each month in the US alone. While less than twenty percent survive their first year, that still leaves over one million of new entrepreneurs every year. Amazon, Etsy, etc., have jumped on that increasing market for consumer products related ventures. But without outside funding, what can the rest of the DIY entrepreneurs do to advance their business? Here are three top resources we have here in the #yesphx entrepreneurial ecosystem in the metro Phoenix area. I am sure you can search for similar ones in your area.   PADT Design Days at CEI What if you could have access to experts in design and engineering? PADT Design Days at CEI brings the best product experts to help you improve the design, production, protection and commercialization of your innovations. Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT) engineers will be available to offer one-on-one assistance with all your product development needs, and you can also meet with intellectual property attorneys, SBIR / STTR innovation grant specialists and more! This event takes place once a month at the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at Gateway College. Sign up and check it out here.   MAG Mapping Center Wish you could easily find local clients, competitors or partners? MAG interactive maps are one of the best keep secrets in the Metro Phoenix Area. Developed by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), MAG Mapping Center is a collection of interactive mapping and analysis sites for public use, showing data ranging from demographic to employers to land use and more. Their features, queries capabilities and export capacities are vast and...