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CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story: Tristan Schmitt ’16

CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story: Tristan Schmitt launches startup called Modern Zinc

CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story: Tristan Schmitt launches startup called Modern Zinc

In today’s modern business world, the way in which companies conduct business is rapidly changing. In the past, companies would purchase items from a manufacturer and then sell them for a higher price in order to cover the cost of operating a store. However, growing popularity among online businesses is now marking the end of traditional brick and mortar stores. This transition to online markets has made the creation of businesses easier for prospective entrepreneurs.

Luckily for the Entrepreneurship students at Cal State Fullerton they are well positioned to take advantage of this new paradigm. For recent graduate Tristan Schmitt his success in the textile industry has helped propel his company, Modern Zinc, into the international marketplace.

Tristan started his entrepreneurial journey when he began attending Entrepreneurship classes at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Then, during a venture creation class, Tristan and his group developed an idea that would soon be the foundations for which his future company would be built upon. By harnessing the power of zinc, Tristan and his group developed a business plan that focused on using zinc in textiles such as pillow cases and blankets.

”The concept of Modern Zinc came not long before my 465A Venture Creation class at CSUF. At that point Modern Zinc was just an idea with no real plan for the future. Throughout the 465A class I worked closely with a group of classmates, mentor, and professor to turn this idea into a realistic business,” said Schmitt.

After refining their business plan, Tristan and his team began to work closely with one another in order to solidify their project. With the help of his teammates, their teacher, and mentor the final business plan was created. The time put into researching this project was not only extensive, but also helped to make their project unique.

“Because the sheets and pillowcases we sleep on collect a lot of sweat, oils, and dead skin cells it is important to wash our sheet regularly…. Smart fabrics [with positive hygienic properties] such as silver- and zinc-infused fabrics had made a debut in the market…. No one was using this technology in the bedding industry so we saw an opening for a new product. We spend a third of our lives in bed so it seemed like a perfect place to use the technology,” said Tristan Schmitt.

After completing his class, Tristan approached his friend Andy Burde and together they launched Modern Zinc.

“My business partner Andy Burde and I went forward to build the brand with new logos, a website, and pictures. Through our network of friends, we were able to bootstrap this part of the process but still had a lack of capital to place our initial order with the manufacturer. This led us to use crowdfunding for this project through Kickstarter so we could start manufacturing our zinc-infused bed sheets.” Said Schmitt.

Visit Tristan's website, Modern Zinc by clicking on this image

Visit Tristan’s website, Modern Zinc by clicking on this image

With a goal of $15,000 dollars for their crowdfunding campaign, Schmitt’s Kickstarter page garnered the attention of customers from all over the world. In order to assure their customers that their money was being well spent, different packages were offered to those who submitted a certain amount of money for every category. In addition, professional grade photos and videos explaining the product were also available on the page for those curious about the benefits of zinc.

Tristan and his business partner were able to raise $16,384 through their crowdfunding campaign.

“We have completed our Kickstarter campaign and just recently placed an order for the zinc-infused bed sheets. We expect the sheets to arrive in November from our manufacturer and we will start shipping them to our customers for Christmas. Once we have delivered the products to all our Kickstarter backers we plan to launch our e-commerce store and continue selling bed sheets online,” said Schmitt.

With a successful Kickstarter campaign and new business under his belt, it is no wonder that Tristan’s success in the market will only continue to grow as he continues to apply the lessons and skills that he learned from the Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State Fullerton.

For more information about Tristan’s company, please visit these links.

www.modernzinc.com

https://www.facebook.com/modernzinc

https://www.pinterest.com/modernzinc/

https://twitter.com/modernzinc

https://www.instagram.com/modernzinc/


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pixelFlick Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo

Tony Wong, Founder of Badu Networks, pickFlick, and will become a presenter at the CSUF Startup Incubator on August 10 when he discusses how he raised more than $4M for his most recent startup.

Tony Wong, Founder of Badu Networks, pickFlick, and will become a presenter at the CSUF Startup Incubator on August 10 when he discusses how he raised more than $4M for his most recent startup.

Tony Wong is quickly becoming a great friend of the CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship. Recently, we started working with him on a couple of projects and he has an upcoming talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator where he will tell the story of how he raised $4.5M for his business, Badu Networks! That talk is on August 10 and we hope to see you there!

Even though we’ve only known Tony for a short while we’ve come to understand one central fact about him: He never stops. That’s why it was only mildly surprising to see that he will be launching an Indiegogo campaign for a cool app that he has been working on for a while now. The app is called pixelFlik and here’s a teaser video about what all the app can do:

As you can tell, this isn’t one of those simple apps that are made over the course of a weekend, this is no Flappy Bird (which was a fun game, then a maddening game, and…). There is a lot of infrastructure and design work that goes into an app of this magnitude. But, if Tony can get it right then this would be a really cool new feature to have.

Please help support one of the newest members of the CSUF Entrepreneurship community by checking out the crowdfunding campaign when it goes live on July 6. There are some cool, limited rewards for the earliest supporters of this campaign, which are definitely worth checking out.


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CSUF Startup Incubator Resident’s Mobile Game Ready to Launch

Justin Lancy is the founder of Dragons Eye Entertainment and a Resident of the CSUF Startup Incubator. A little under a month ago he launched a Kickstarter campaign for his first game, titled Knightly Tales. There are still a few days left to contribute to help make possible a game with a “focus on what ideas were successful in the games that created the modern gamer. The era’s from Atari to the original Playstation. They use these concepts to create something new while still keeping to traditional gameplay.” (source: Crowdfunding Headlines)

If you are a fan of retro games and would like to support a new venture that the CSUF Startup Incubator helped to build please do so by going to their Kickstarter page.

More frome Crowdfunding Headlines:

Justin reached out to business contacts and was eventually connected with Cal State University in Fullerton. Cal States Incubator program quickly accepted the opportunity to work on a venture in the exciting world of entertainment.

“Connecting with the university was a giant boost to the development. It put us in a position to build a team that was less jaded by the big business side of the industry and could build the game that was needed for players.”

This became a core element of the team development. The teams for these games are recently graduated university students that bring new blood and new ideas into the mix.

There are only a couple of days left before the campaign comes to a close, so act quickly! Good luck Justin! Continue reading

CSUF Startup Incubator Resident’s Kickstarter Campaign

Knightly TalesAbout three weeks ago we published Dragons Eye Entertainment Set to Launch First Video Game – CSUF Startup Incubator Resident and we just wanted to update you a little to let you know that the Kickstarter campaign is live!
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Dragons Eye Entertainment Set to Launch First Video Game – CSUF Startup Incubator Resident

Dragon's Eye EntertainmentSince the CSUF Startup Incubator launched in January of 2015 we have worked with a lot of impressive entrepreneurs. One of those entrepreneurs is Justin Lancy. A veteran, Justin has been working on his dream of developing and launching a video game for a number of years now. In the middle of 2015, he joined the CSUF Startup Incubator so that we could help him propel his game forward and closer to launch.

We are excited to announce that Justin is about to launch his first game, Knightly Tales. I was able to catch up with Justin recently to ask him some questions about his entrepreneurial journey.

Travis Lindsay, CSUF Startup Incubator: Dragons Eye Entertainment was one of the first startups accepted into the CSUF Startup Incubator. How did the CSUF Startup Incubator assist you in getting to this point in your startup? Was it worthwhile?  

Justin Lancy, Founder of Dragons Eye Entertainment: The incubator was a big help. A big part of it was the connections that it helped me establish to build the amazing team that we have now. There are plenty of other connections that were established through meetings that I’ve had at the various functions held at the office. A major one would be introducing me to Lee Decker who has helped immensely with the crowdfunding as well as working to bring me into the Global Entrepreneurship program from IBM.

Travis: What is in store for the future of Dragons Eye Entertainment?  Continue reading

Is Crowdfunding right for your Business?

Lee Decker

Lee Decker

Lee Decker and Mark Thimmig were able to join the CSUF Startup Incubator on Wednesday night to give a talk on crowdfunding at the CSUF Startup Incubator. In a nutshell, undertaking a crowdfunding campaign is a big undertaking but it can be an ideal way to raise funds for your business and you can also use it as a clear proof of concept for your idea. If you weren’t considering a crowdfunding campaign you might want to think about making a pivot and do one (we will be hosting a talk on Pivots next week, details here).

Here are some of the key insights I had: Continue reading