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FEATURED - 2019 Florida Invention Convention
Eligibility Location: Florida
Competition Age Group: K-12 Inventors
Who Can Enter: This is an invitation only event. Participating schools or student organizations will invite their top inventors to this Florida state competition.
Registration Period: Closes April 10, 2019
State Final Event Details:
Venue: Cade Museum for Creativity & Innovation, 811 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601
- Free admission for each participating inventor and one accompanying adult chaperone
- Special Cade – Invention Convention discounted rate for each additional visitor
Event Day Agenda:
Guest Speaker: Benjamin Stern
19-year-old, Ben Stern, from sunny Melbourne, Florida, made waves on his appearance with the “Sharks” last February. Ben won over the panel of investors with his eco-friendly shampoo company, Nohbo, after washing his grandma, bubbe’s, hair on national television. Ben came up with Nohbo in his 9th-grade biology class after watching a documentary on how damaging plastic bottles are to the environment.
His journey in entrepreneurship began in middle school when he realized that schools were using kids to sell coffee, cookies, and wrapping paper with absolutely no financial return. The idea of cute young faces as sales reps appealed to him. With his Bar Mitzvah money he bought coffee at a wholesale rate from a roaster in Seattle and sold high-quality beans to the neighborhood donating a piece of the proceeds to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Let’s rewind three years, at Jersey Mike’s or Wegmans, Ben’s rushing to work after school to save up money towards hiring a chemist for Nohbo. His goal was to create a single use water soluble shampoo, conditioner, body wash, or shaving cream pod, that reduces plastic waste from personal care products. This was a tough goal to meet while only making $7.25 an hour while his chemist billing at over $50 hourly.
Six months later Ben was weighing offers from Barbra Corcoran, Robert Herjavec, and Mark Cuban on Shark Tank. Robert Herjavec even said, “[Nohbo] could be one of the greatest product’s I’ve seen on Shark Tank.” After securing a deal with Mark Cuban, Ben launched a campaign for Nohbo backed and promoted by 20 active NFL players. That following May, Ben graduated high school with honors and decided to take a few gap years. During this time the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, award Ben with the young entrepreneurs accolade in August. He has spoken at MIT, Yale, the Natural Product’s Expo West and was featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, Business Insider, Etc.
Fast forward to today, Ben has bought a 15,000 sq ft cosmetics/ingestibles manufacturing factory in Melbourne, Florida, which is not only limited to producing and making products for commercial sized hotel distributor orders, but also contracts products like lotions, CBD Shots, Kratom based drinks, etc. He works with his family, investors, and employees to turn this operation into a smooth sailing machine.
Guest Speaker: Carmine Denisco
Carmine Denisco is a successful Entrepreneur, Inventor, Author, Podcaster, Investor and sought after business startup consultant. Many of the products he has developed or aided in the design of over the years have sold in retail stores, TV shopping channels, online and infomercials some have gone on to be licensed by major corporations. Carmine co-founded Inventors Launchpad™ a company dedicated to helping inventors correctly navigate the invention and manufacturing process, giving each inventor their best shot at success. Entrepreneur Magazine picked Denisco as one of its top 5 emerging entrepreneurs.
Guest Speaker: Heidi Hudicka
Heidi Hudicka, began her innovation adventure when she was just 4 years old, creating a fashion clothing line for her 18” doll collection, desiring them to enjoy a truly unique experience, unlike the clothes everyone else was buying in stores. Heidi quickly became an expert in design, developing a unique ability to inspire creative experiences that her clients would truly love to be a part of. When Heidi realized how much she was learning about the power of her creativity, she teamed with her sibling Joey to create LAUNCH!, an interactive board game designed to teach grade-schoolers the vocabulary and fundamentals of entrepreneurship. It was this special moment that sparked their own launch of Fizzee Labs, and today through a strategic partnership supporting NASA’s education goals, these LAUNCH! Party Fun & Learning events are becoming a National Competition Series!
Guest Speaker: Joey Hudicka
Joey Hudicka, a globally accomplished young innovator and entrepreneur, began his career when he was 5 years old, combining his love of strategy games like checkers, and sports like hockey, creating the game he named Puckz. When smart phones hit the scene as Joey turned 7 years old, he was inspired to transform his board game into a video game, becoming the world’s youngest app entrepreneur, achieving sales and downloads in more than 60 countries that year! Today Joey and his sibling Heidi have joined innovative forces, delivering interactive learning games and resources that teach the fundamentals of innovation and entrepreneurship from the classroom to the board room, proving that creativity is our strongest professional asset in life.
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize – Grade Level K-2
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize – Grade Level 3-5
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize – Grade Level 6-8
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize – Grade Level 9-12
- Additional Awards TBD
Wyndham Garden Gainesville – “Gainesville’s ONLY Lakefront Hotel & Conference Center”
Preferred Hotel Partner of the Florida Gators®
2900 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
Room Rate is $92.00 plus tax (includes breakfast and shuttle service is available) Rooms are one king or two queens. Room rates are confirmed under “Florida Invention Convention”. Rooms must be booked no later than April 12th to receive that rate.
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