Entrepreneurs hitting the ground running in 2013

January 2, 2013 by  

Although it is early days, it looks like 2013 may be off to a good start economically for some innovative entrepreneurs in the Miami area. The following news items may indicate the first small steps toward a turnaround in the local economy and in getting unemployed Miami residents back into the workforce.

Lester Mapp, founder and CEO of ‘Designed by M’, has launched, with the help of Kickstarter, his newest project – an iPhone bumper. The sleek, super-thin bumper is lightweight due to its aluminum construction. Mapp has high hopes for is creation – in just a few short days he has already raised more than 6,500 of the $20,000 required to fund the project.

Meanwhile, two former Bacardi marketing executives and their partners are well on their way to making their premium sangria into a health-conscious drink. Their company the Eppa Wine Company advertises their sangria as good for the drinker due to the high concentration of antioxidant fruit juices it contains. With lots of marketing research done at Whole Foods stores around Florida, and over 40,000 cases sold in 2012, Eppa Wine is set to take the country by storm.

Finally, high-school student Jared Kleinert’s digital business cards will be filled with interesting information when he leaves school. The Boca Raton teenager is expected to launch an online platform called Synergist in the near future. Synergist enables social entrepreneurs to connect with potential co-founders online and, from there, they can collaborate and crowd-fund their projects. Kleinert is a junior attending Spanish River High School. He also interns with a Silicon Valley startup and hosts a blog called AliveNDead about risk-taking.