While chatting about product development with one of my very first interns, Thibault, who is now starting his own company “Escalib” I had the idea of launching a mentoring program for young entrepreneurs who are currently building their product! Thibault is an engineer and he was asking me for my thoughts on a design studio he wanted to ask to build a professional version of his product! I was like what the fuck, why can’t you do it yourself? Are you a maker or not? A design studio will charge you a fortune for something you can do by yourself!
At the time Thibault had only prototypes made of Legos, he’d won tons of innovation contests with them but nothing was really operational! Instead of going to see a design studio I offered that he come to the office on a regular basis and that I’d spend some time with him in order to help him build an operational version of his prototype, something that could be tested and maybe sold - Spark it was born! We tested during the summer, Thibault was super happy and so we’re gonna now onboard 3 more entrepreneurs into Spark it!
In my mind product dev works when you keep a steady rhythm! So every product builder that joins SparkIt will have to deliver a new version of their product every 5 weeks (the same rhythm as we do at Sparkmate), for an undetermined period (TBD, haha). We will take some time to do a product review, check what could be improved, what new features could be developed.... In addition to all this we will provide access to Sparkmate's tools and machines (testing infrastructure, CNC machines, 3D printers,...), share our global network of manufacturers, service providers, investors... and bring them into our community of product builders to share good moments together with the Sparkmate Team #CaringIsSharing
My goal with this program is to help young entrepreneurs build their dream product - we aren’t charging anything, it’s all purely pro-bono! Our mission is to empower the next wave of entrepreneurs and innovators and Spark it is part of that! And I also want to see if the Sparkmate Way of developing products works well with product builders who are not part of Sparkmate.