Meet the 2021 JumpStart Cohort

We’re thrilled to kick off 2021 by welcoming these 9 creative and ambitious maker-entrepreneurs to Generator.

These folks were selected by a panel of business leaders, designers, and manufacturing professionals for the 2021 JumpStart cohort, our business development program organized in partnership with LaunchVT.

Their ideas are impressive, their prototypes are in-progress, and their dreams are big. Expect big moves from this crew.

Meet the entrepreneurs below!

Amanda Hensing, Elevated Studio Works

When asked for one sentence describing their business, responded: “[We’re creating] a series of locally sourced, eco friendly wellness-related products here in Burlington, Vermont. I am and Industrial Designer and Nate Plasha is a woodworker, and we started out first by focusing on designing a meditation bench.”

 Eliza West, Face Space Masks

When asked for one sentence describing their business, responded: “I make structured fabric face masks that make it easier for you to breathe while talking, singing or exercising.”

Devin Tyman, KindShape

When asked for one sentence describing their business, responded: “Handcrafted wooden toys with a simple timeless design carved from locally harvested wood.”

Gavin Cook, Green Mountain Innovative

When asked for one sentence describing their business, responded: “A quick attach device for a chainsaw that gives a reference point for cutting uniform lengths of wood.”

Winslow Colwell, Winslow Colwell Design

When asked for one sentence describing their business, responded: “I’ve designed a unique folded paper lamp that provides beautiful soft lighting for the home, with variations that include classic white, printed designs, and complex piercing.”

Jonathan Winer

When asked for one sentence describing their business, responded: “This product provides a level of assuredness to parents and caregivers when administering food/medicines by helping to ensure the right individual receives the right item.”

Kristine Struminsky

When asked for one sentence describing their business, responded: “My product is a functional, stylish, and innovative design of pruning shear holster.”

Meagan Downey, Shikiwrap

When asked for one sentence describing their business, responded: “Stretchy, soft, reusable cloth gift wrap and bags made from recycled plastic based on the Japanese tradition of furoshiki”

Skylar Bagdon, ChromaJam

When asked for one sentence describing their business, responded: “ChromaJam (TM) brings the immersive and energetic lighting of a live concert into your home with a customizable, user-friendly smart device that syncs LED lights with your music.”

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