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  • A social enterprise that turns recycled fishing nets into skateboards

    Forbes - 11/24/2015

    Kneppers also learned about the new Startup Chile program, which funds startups based there. It seemed like a good launching pad and they decided to apply. While waiting to hear back. they entered a startup incubator at Northeastern University, Kneppers’ alma mater. At the same time, Stover’s pal Ahearn, who was working for Boeing, joined the team. Their research led them to pinpoint skateboards as a likely product.

    After Startup Chile accepted them, they set up recycling programs in three communities and, six months later, using $40,000 from Startup Chile, $20,000 from Northeastern, and $5,000 from New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund, they made the injection mold needed to manufacture their first board. With a prototype in hand, in early 2014 they launched a Kickstarter campaign, raising $64,000, or 2 1/2 times their goal.

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