Major: Entrepreneurship and Management
Class of 2023
Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona
My dad, Gordon, was a chef, so growing up I spent A LOT of time in the kitchen. I love to cook. The only downside is stripping the leaves off the herbs. This is especially annoying when making pesto or cooking with cilantro. If you have ever used cilantro, you know it is a tedious task to individually separate the leaves from the stems. That’s why I invented the Herbie Rake.
Herbie Rake is a kitchen tool that strips leaves from the stems of many types of herbs and spices. It makes cooking fun and efficient. Simply pull the rake through the cilantro and watch the leaves come off.
Recently, healthy eating has become more popular in the United States which is why we now have access to more than 450 cooking shows on TV. This means more families are cooking at home like I did growing up. In fact, 4 out of 5 Americans now regularly prepare home cooked meals.
As a comparison, cooking is like golf. When you golf, you want all the golf gadgets possible. Similarly, cooking enthusiast want all the kitchen gadgets possible, such as Herbie Rake.
I have already filed a provisional patent status for this product, and I am very excited to move forward. My next step is to launch a kick-starter campaign and begin working with a company to manufacture Herbie Rake. Help me get Herbie Rake in the hands of cooks around the nation.
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!
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!
See our calendar of events to participate in the next one.
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.
See our calendar of competitions.
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:
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.
Protect my intellectual property
Whether you seek a patent, copyright, trademark or any other kind of legal protection, we will help you connect with local intellectual property attorneys.
Switch my major/minor to entrepreneurship
Excellent! We are excited you are joining our program. The process to change your major or minor is very simple.
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
The students involved in the Prince Entrepreneurship Leaders program are actively developing their business ideas. These ideas invariably require funding for many small, but critical things, including:
- Graphic design: like logo development
- Legal documents: such as NDAs, contractual agreements, filing an LLC, filing for provisional patent status
- Web development: like Wix and Shopify accounts, domain names, web hosting
- Market testing and validation through digital ads
- Collateral material: such as brochures, flyers, posters
- Commercial-grade prototyping
- Cloud-based storage: like Dropbox, Google Drive
- Training courses
Help the next generation of entrepreneurs get their business ideas started. And who knows, you may be part of getting the next “Facebook” off the ground!