A wallet that doubles as a survival tool and a portal that measures faces for glasses were the two local business ideas presenting at Wednesday’s 1 Million Cups event.
1 Million Cups ICT is a weekly gathering designed to help entrepreneurs by helping them get advice and make contacts in the community. It meets from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at 238 N. Mead in Old Town.
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Founder: Chad Cox
Pitch: A website that takes a picture of people’s faces and suggests glasses based on facial recognition and characteristics. Optometrists are losing an increasing number of customers for glasses. Cox’s business model is to charge optometrists a subscription in hopes that optometrists’ customers will order their glasses through the website at home.
Status: Technology is being tested at the optometric practice of Cox’s brother in Texas.
Need: Wants people to test out the site and give feedback.
Founder: Jarrod Nolan
Pitch: He has designed a wallet that includes a knife blade, a wrench, bottle opener, nail remover, money clip and a Bluetooth locator.
Status: He is seeking $20,000 to buy the tooling so that a contract manufacturer can make the wallet.
Need: Wants people to talk about it.