Local entrepreneurs get help from SpringBoard

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Three Startups in Centre County are getting a boost thanks to a Bellefonte business incubator.

Today two of those start ups showed off their ideas at the Centre County Board of Commissioner’s meeting.

Back in December they won SpringBoard’s startup challenge.
They were chosen by a panel of local judges after submitting a business and marketing plan.

“AbleRacers” is a family business makes adaptive toys.

“They’re basically toys that are made for children with disabilities to control, for kids with motor disabilities like cerebral palsy, autism,”Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, AbleRacer member, said.  “We set out to make cheaper alternatives so that parents could access to low cost cool adpative toys that are fun.”
Mary Elizabeth McCulloch came up with idea with her brother and immiediately entered SpringBoard’s Startup Challenge.
“We applied for a marketing plan, which is exactly what we needed to do anyway, is really think how do we get this out there, how do we farther our reach?” McCulloch, said.  “Then also have a space to record videos, which is a lot more professional space than our basement.”
“AbleRacers” won first place, $3,000 for their marketing plan and six months of space at Springboard’s office.
“It’s an awesome opportunity and I was so psyched that I actually won,” Dan McKenna, Owner and Director, at Hoop Stars, said.
“Hoop Stars” is one of the second place winners.
It’s a program teaching young kids basketball skills in State College and Bellefonte.
Dan McKenna, who played basketball for Penn State in the 90s came up with the idea.  He won $2,000 and six months of space at SpringBoard.
“This has been really invaluable in terms of just the support and the expertise that they have from their side of it, plus obviously the funding will help with things that I was wanting, such as websites and help with social media,” Dan, said,
Mary Elizabeth says thanks to their winnings, “AbleRacers” is going to buy brochures and posters, to advertise their business at next week’s Assistive Technology Industry Association conference in Florida.

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