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LaunchVT and Generator Kick Off 2021 JumpStart Program

Generator, Burlington’s makerspace, has announced the 9 businesses and entrepreneurs chosen for its 2021 JumpStart program. A collaboration with LaunchVT, Generator’s JumpStart features a 10-week, cohort-based business development program, specifically for makers with market ready physical products.

Each JumpStart cohort member will receive over 30 hours of business development support, access to Generator’s high-tech fabrication facilities and free tool trainings. “JumpStart is designed to give early-stage entrepreneurs with outstanding product ideas the support they need to bring their products to market and grow their businesses here in Vermont,” said Generator Executive Director Meg Hammond. “We are excited to kick off the new year with the entrepreneurial enthusiasm that our JumpStart cohorts bring to the community.”

The 2021 JumpStart Cohort:

  • Amanda Hensing – Elevated Studio Works; Yoga Bench
  • Eliza West – Whipstitch 802; Face mask with talking room
  • Devin Tyman – Kindshape; Toy blocks
  • Gavin Cook – Green Mountain Innovative; Chainsaw Laser Guide
  • Jonathon Winer – Child care medication dispensing technology
  • Kristine Struminsky – Pruning shear holder
  • Meagan Downey Shiki Wrap; Cloth gift wrap
  • Skylar Bagdon – Chroma Jam; Music LEDs
  • Winslow Colwell – Winslow Colwell Design; Paper lamps

Now in its fourth year, the JumpStart program has helped 47 makers and entrepreneurs start their businesses and is made possible by the support of the Vermont Community Foundation and People’s United Bank.

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Generator makerspace is a shared design and fabrication environment dedicated to supporting the creative, education and production needs of 400+ members. It offers universal access to studios, shared tool-sets, programming, and a vibrant, solutions-oriented community in a 11,500 square foot facility. 

LaunchVT is a division of the Lake Champlain Chamber that provides programs that empower Vermonters to accelerate their businesses and create economic opportunity in their communities. LaunchVT programs offer the education, mentorship, networking and capital entrepreneurs need as they launch and grow their business in Vermont. LaunchVT works collaboratively with partner organizations across the state to strengthen local ecosystems that support entrepreneurship.