Switch-Code

Student Entrepreneur

Joseph Morel
Major: Entrepreneurship, International Business and Finance
Class of 2021
Hometown: Jupiter, Florida

Project

Toy Nuggets is a company focused on developing physical toys to teach children the principles of coding. Consider the fact that there are toys for many traditional professions and careers. Think about Lincoln Logs for future architects and Lego sets for engineers. These physical toys are meant to nurture some of the basic skills associated with their respective professions. Physical toys also awaken a child’s curiosity to learn more about a specific field.

Surprisingly, there are no physical toys for computer programing. There are only digital platforms that teach children computer programing (i.e. software and video games), but they tend to focus on older children. We are missing a huge opportunity to teach children programming at the optimal age of learning, when children can easily absorb new knowledge.

This is Toy Nuggets’ mission. To lower the age at which children to learn about computer programing and give them a foundation of essential tools to succeed in the digital age.

Toy Nuggets toys focus on the fundamental building blocks of computer science fields such as coding, programing, and circuitry. The first product in our series of toys is called the Switch-Code. It is focused on teaching the mathematical infrastructure of programing through the use of base systems. These base systems can be seen around us in everyday life. The Switch-Code allows students to gain mathematical skills, creative problem-solving skills, muscle memory, hand-eye coordination, as well as cognitive decision making.

Toy Nuggets is currently targeting the toy market, which is currently estimated at 21.7 billion dollars in the U.S alone. Through customer exploration, we also assessed that the Switch-Code also can serve as a teaching aid in schools to develop future programmers and computer software engineers. Adding this market segment to our strategy effectively raises our potential market to nearly 30 billion annually.

Get Involved

Get started with a business idea

Good for you! You have taken one of the most difficult steps in entrepreneurship - deciding to get started (most people never make it this far...)

Acting upon your business idea will require you go through a sequence of activities, which typically begin with finding out if there is a market for your product. Here's the good news: You don't have to go through these activities alone. We will help you!

Contact us at wjackson@stetson.edu or lparis@stetson.edu.

Join the entrepreneurship club

Stetson's entrepreneurship club is aimed at anyone who wants to be involved in creating, innovating and building. You don't need a business idea to join the club. We welcome everyone. So, regardless of your major, class standing and GPA, join us!

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Participate in a business pitch competition

We are excited you are considering to join a business pitch competition! Participating in pitch competitions is a fun and valuable activity for entrepreneurs. Pitch competitions will give you the opportunity to get feedback about your ideas, practice selling skills, and sometimes, win prizes!

Nothing is stopping from participating in pitch competitions. If you are representing Stetson University, however, we ask you to contact us with anticipation. We want to help you do your best, and to do so, we will request your engagement in multiple Stetson-based activities prior to the competition.

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Connect with other entrepreneurs

Connecting with other entrepreneurs is an extremely valuable experience for anyone developing a business idea or launching a startup. There are many opportunities to meet entrepreneurs locally:

Get funding

We can help you connect with funding sources for your business idea and startup, including:

  • Local investors
  • Stetson Entrepreneurship Program's Advisory Board
  • Stetson alumni network
  • Crowdfunding campaigns

We will work closely with you to get your business idea ready for investors.

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Contact us to get started at wjackson@stetson.edu or lparis@stetson.edu.

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Whether you seek a patent, copyright, trademark or any other kind of legal protection, we will help you connect with local intellectual property attorneys.

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Switch my major/minor to entrepreneurship

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Complete the major/minor change form and submit it to the form center at the LBC reception desk.

I don't know what my next step is

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