Three startups featured at SunDown RunDown in Mansfield

May 10, 2019
by Tracy Geibel, Richland source

T's Bees-----Among the group of three pitches at SunDown RunDown Thursday night was Mansfield resident, Trent Balduff, who one day hopes to make a living doing what he loves -- beekeeping. The 23-year-old has already launched one business, called T's Bees and plans to start up a nonprofit, called Have A Hive, which could fund his and other hives. "I'm a hippie. I've always been an environmentalist. If you someone picking up trash on the side of the road, it's probably me. If you see someone recycling, it's probably me," Balduff said. "And so after seeing that bees are dying out, I've been keeping bees for a few years." Through individual or group sponsorship, he explained, his and other beehives could be fully funded. And those who support the beekeepers could receive items like honey, soap and candles in return for their support. Some groups, Balduff said, could even receive all the honey made from their sponsored hives. Balduff was also recently appointed to be Richland County's apiarist. Grub2You---------- Mansfielder and owner of Grub2You, Kyle Miller also pitched Thursday evening. His business delivers from places like Buck's Bar and Grill and The Local at 97 in Lexington, Chipotle and TGI Fridays in Ontario, Bistro 217 and Granny's Kitchen in Galion and a few spots in Crestline and Bucyrus for delivery costs starting at $4.99.A serial entrepreneur, Kyle Miller explained to the crowd how he built Grub2You into a profitable business, but is now looking to sell and move onto other ventures. He believes Grub2You is the ideal model for food service delivery in small cities and towns and hopes someone will consider taking it further. FarmFare--------After pitching at Sundown Rundown, the final people to speak Thursday evening will go on to present their idea to a panel at Google later this year. Co-founders of FarmFare, Cullen Naumoff of New York City and Laura Adiletta of Cleveland Heights, believe their idea will become a major platform for the growing number of food hubs in the U.S. to connect with small-scale growers."We've been taking every opportunity we have to pitch in front of a captive audience. It's really great because it's good practice and a chance to make connections," said Adiletta.Naumoff agreed, noting that the duo has been taking advantage of any pitch event they can find."I think every time you pitch, you hone your message and hone in how you talk about it," she said.

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