Past Participants

2016 Class

Textile Haus

Textile Haus

Anastasiya Yatsuk

Textile Haus founder Anastasiya Yatsuk creates clothing that’s versatile and timeless. Locally made in small batches, the superior workmanship and unique style of each garment is effortless and simple by design

Daughters of Style

Daughters of Style

Jenifer Sult

Independent fashion label Daughters of Style creates professionally designed and drafted sewing patterns for beginners and experts alike.

Skube

Skube

Monica Kohler, Founder

Skube is the go anywhere-do anything wonder garment created by local maker Monica Kohler. This versatile, stretchable addition to your wardrobe is built for daylong wear.

Bird Listener

Bird Listener

Jonathan Ehrenkrantz and Vietly Vu, Founders

Enjoy the sounds of local birds in the comfort of your home with Jon Ehrenkrantz’s Bird Listener. This easy-to-use device transmits live nature sounds and use the app to record and share clips with friends and family.

Circle Circle Jewelry

Circle Circle Jewelry

Jill Goulait, Founder

Jill Goulait’s Circle Circle Jewelry offers elegant and classic pieces for everyday wear. Produced locally, these simple designs are versatile and made to worn again and again.
InnoTool

InnoTool

Geoff and Drew Saylor, Founders

InnoTool creates inventive design solutions for builders on the jobsite. Father-son team Geoff and Drew Saylor combine efforts to develop products designed to increase efficiency and cut costs.

2015 Class

AVA

AVA

Laura Koven, Founder

AVA will be producing a device geared to help hot yoga practitioners with grip as well as reduce the amount of equipment needed for a class.

Beluga Shave

Beluga Shave

Zac Wertz, Founder

Beluga Razor, created by Zac Wertz, is a high-end straight-blade razor with a linen-impregnated handle providing extra grip when wet. Wertz recently completed a $200,000 Kickstarter campaign and has 2,000 pre-orders. Find out more about Beluga Razor

Mortal Ski Co.

Mortal Ski Co.

Ron Gerdes and Mark Branham, Founders

Ron Gerdes started Mortal Skis to manufacture skis that fit the icy, man-made, often less-than-ideal snow conditions typically found on Midwest slopes. Mortal Skis will also be looking at ski supplies, like wax, that could also be better adapted to Midwestern conditions. Find out more about Mortal Skis
Paper Acorn

Paper Acorn

Jessica Wolf, Founder

Paper Acorn, a six-year-old company run by Jessica Wolf, has been selling folded paper objects through Etsy and Crafty Supermarket and is expanding into producing DIY kits. Find out more about Paper Acorn

Bailout Systems

Bailout Systems

Michael Ragsdale, Founder

Bailout EVO is the firefighting industry’s first purpose-built self-rescue solution, designed to integrate seamlessly into your current SCBA unit. EVO is also the industry’s first self-braking and hands-free solution. Find out more about Bailout.

2014 Class

Point Cut Studios

Point Cut Studios

Ken Addison, founder

Blink- studio level live video control simplified. Find out more about Point Cut Studio

3DKitbash

3DKitbash

Natalie Mathis and Quincy Robinson, co-founders

3DKitbash has experience in toy sculpting for digital files they provide online, but are diving back into the physical toy world to produce a line of collectible vinyl sports-related toys. Find out more about 3DKitbash.

Ampersand

Ampersand

Tim Karoleff, founder

Ampersand was founded with a simple goal: to create pleasurable yet practical products that would make people smile. Today the mission is the same as they continue to produce quality goods that make life a little better for you and your loved ones. Find out more about Ampersand
Ohio Valley Beard Supply

Ohio Valley Beard Supply

Patrick Brown and Scott Ponder, co-founders

Purveyors of the Finest in Men’s Beard Supplies. Find out more about Ohio Valley Beard Supply

2013 Class

Hatchet Guitars

Hatchet Guitars

Adam Jonovski, founder

Travel size guitars that play like instruments, not toys. Find out more about Hatchet Guitars

Wool Shop

Wool Shop

DJ Corney, founder

Quality, responsibly produced knitwear. From happy sheep, using the colors mother nature gives. Learn more about Wool Shop