Key Takeaways: Google everything! The amount of information available is vast and valuable, and it’s important to utilize this resource. Also, try to find someone else who is in a similar market or starting a similar company. It’s exciting to meet like-minded people and can stimulate some really interesting conversation!
Foodies and chocolate lovers rejoice! Evan Weinstein has taken the technology of 3D printing and applied it to everyone’s guilty pleasure: chocolate. Intrigued by the growth and advancement of 3D printing, Evan saw potential for the technology in the culinary world as this innovation began being used across many industries.
CocoaPress, a product that 3D prints chocolate, allows bakers and chocolate shops to minimize the cost of producing unique designs, thus creating a more efficient process for low quantities. This type of product opens up more possibilities for professionals in the culinary field to bring their ideas to life in the form of chocolate. Although it started out as a mere hobby project before turning into an entrepreneurship venture, the CocoaPress has already made appearances at the Rome, New York, and Philadelphia Maker Faire, winning three Editors’ Choice awards along the way.
Like many other student entrepreneurs, there are only so many hours in a week for Evan to balance his academic responsibilities, extracurriculars, and his business endeavors. Prioritizing his tasks on a week to week basis has set him up for success. In terms of challenges he faced along his entrepreneurial journey, Evan notes that the food 3D printing industry is not one that is very well-established or widely known in the United States, whereas progress in this area has been significant in other countries. To overcome this, he is trying to connect with these international companies that share his vision for this technology while also conducting market research in the US.
As a recent participant of the WeissLabs Accelerator, Evan reflects that it was a great experience to meet fellow entrepreneurs and knowledgeable mentors, while getting the support that he needed.