Two Richland County residents among Sundown Rundown pitches

November 14, 2017
by Tracy Geibel,

MANSFIELD – Three entrepreneurs, including two Richland County residents, pitched business ideas at Tuesday night's Sundown Rundown event.Dozens of potential investors and others crowded into the Old Bag of Nails Pub, 625 Lexington Ave., to hear three business ideas. Each entrepreneur gave a five-minute presentation, followed by a five-minute question-and-answer session, which included audience participation.
Mansfield resident Travis Behrendsen spoke on behalf of Red Mystic Studios, an independent company that hopes to make Mansfield and the surrounding areas into a major gaming center.He and his “mostly self-taught” team of developers and artists attended Sundown Rundown in hopes of finding investors for their first project, called Fairchild. Behrendsen describes it as a “first-person shooter” game set in the 1800's American frontier in an alternate universe.“It’s not currently being done in the industry,” Behrendsen said.The game is still in the prototype stage, but he expects to have a playable demo in four months and an early release in six months. He hopes the project will be profitable within a year and will sell it for about $24 on the online gaming platform Steam.Other team members present at Sundown Rundown included Mansfield residents Rikki Howard, Lee Thombs, Christina Mawhorr and Brandon Mawhorr.They will hold a game night from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 above the main offices of Heatherwood Terrace Apartments, 777 Laver Rd. in Mansfield.Shelby resident Nathan Martin also offered a pitch.Martin serves as a business consultant for NeverWait, an app that allows people to order drinks at night clubs with a shorter wait. The app was founded by Matt Dobson and Mitch Mustain in Pheonix, Arizona.Martin started his presentation by setting a scene.“You wait a little bit of time to get in your favorite night club, and you realize you have an issue at the bar, to get your drink it’s about five deep,” Martin said.He continued to describe how after waiting to order a drink, people will wait again when they order other drinks and pay their tab.“It’s just a frustrating experience in what should be a really happy time,” he said. “And this happens in night clubs all across America all the time, and why is that? Because it’s a young market with old technology. Basically the way of ordering and setting up the system is no different than if you were to walk into an 1860s saloon.”

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