Big Ideas Start Small! All creators were once kids with wild imaginations who were inspired and nurtured by those that came before us. FCBC Junior lets the innovators of tomorrow to interact with the creators of today, inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and world-changers.
At our first FCBC Jr. event, creators in the St. Louis area came to our storefront and shared their experiences with local youth, answering questions about the innovation process and creating their own products. Products included leather model dinosaur sets, a mug designed to train grip strength, and a built-it-yourself camera.
Whether big or small (in this case, literally), We The People provides creators with the pathway to crowdfunding success.
Akeem Shannon, Founder of Flipstik
Flipstik is a St. Louis startup that lets you stick or mount your phone to nearly any flat surface. It was created by Akeem Shannon, a St. Louis native. Flipstik’s trademarked Synthetic Setae adhesive is reusable thousands of times and when it gets dirty, can be cleaned with just water. The patented Flipstik design also allows it to double as a kickstand for even more functionality. After running a successful Kickstarter campaign, Flipstik was featured on KMOX, Fox 2 News and other local outlets.
Drew Nikonowicz, Co-Founder of Standard Cameras
Drew Nikonowicz, winner of the Aperture prize and numerous other awards, has launched Standard Cameras to help photographers gain a deeper understanding of our visual world. He is in the process of delivering The Standard 4×5, a 3D-printed large-format camera to Kickstarter backers. Drew was born in St. Louis and earned his BFA degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Drew is a photographer and tinkerer at heart, and he developed The Standard 4×5 over the past 4 years in his free time. He aims to improve arts education through Standard Cameras products and programming.
Henrik Hansen, Co-Creator of Nanobag & Nanopack
Tiptop Things Limited, the company behind the successfully crowdfunded Nanobag and Nanopack, is a group of friends working together to infuse everyday items with cutting edge technology. Our mission is to make quality products that you will love. In everything we do the environment is factored in, and we try to establish best practices in order to minimize negative impact. The company was founded by two friends, Ursus Negenborn and Rune Kippervik. They used to work in law and media, but felt that they were not contributing in the right direction with their old jobs. Around a year after the company founding, a third friend Henrik Hansen joined the team. With a background in business, he felt that he could help make a difference.
Janelle Becker, Creator of Skelosaurz
Paleoartist Janelle Becker has been creating leather sculptures for over a decade. She has had her work shown around the country, where it’s been judged and awarded by some of the best leather artists in the world. Her fossil art has been published multiple times within the leatherworking community and has appeared in international blogs as well as on the front page of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Janelle has taught leather sculpting of her dinosaur kits in various venues and her model-kit brand Skelosaurz was successfully funded through Kickstarter, where it was chosen as a Project We Love in 2016. She strives to continue combining her love of art and science as a leather artist; recreating skeletal models of long-extinct creatures and refining them with a clean, minimalist style which suits modern-day design.
Jun Yu Tan, Founder of C3 Ceramics
Jun Yu Tan, a Singapore-born ceramic artist, runs Chicago-based C3 Ceramics as a solo venture. C3 is a startup initiative that produces unique ceramic products that support an active lifestyle through function and design. Creating user-friendly, personal and intimate products that last a lifetime, C3’s Kickstarter-funded products include small, medium, and large pinch mugs.
C3 Ceramics also strongly believes in being at the forefront of design and innovation with the environment in mind, creating products that change the way we consume in our day to day, hopefully reducing the need for plastic and one-time-use containers.