Craft brewing, craft coffee, now craft ice cream
The makers of craft ice cream and a beanbag toss game presented Wednesday at Wichita’s 1 Million Cups gathering for entrepreneurs.
1 Million Cups ICT is a weekly gathering designed to aid entrepreneurs by making contacts in the community and gaining awareness. It meets Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Next week’s event will be at Wichita State University’s Old Town offices, 238 N. Mead.
Little Lion Ice Cream
Founder: Ian and Jubilee Miller
Pitch: They’ve taken a craft approach to ice cream, with interesting combinations of mostly locally sourced ingredients. It’s expensive, at $12 a pint, but addictive and the couple is trying to reach more customers, through an ice cream cart, events, weddings and a place at other craft-goods retailers such as Espresso To Go Go.
Status: They hope to have their own retail store by next summer.
Need: More customers.
Founder: Jarrod Nolan.
Pitch: Nolan has created an outdoor beanbag toss game built on a wooden frame, similar to Cornhole, but that has a variety of interchangeable modular components to switch the game around. He expects to sell this through stores, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, but is also looking for other channels, such as a website and a catalog.
Status: Nolan said he has already started selling the game and projects more than $4 million in sales by the end of the year. He is about to open a corporate office downtown and has a manufacturing location in south Wichita.
Need: More customers, awareness.