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Start Garden invests $60K more in three startups

February 6, 2013
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Start Garden invests $60K more in three startups
The JamCooler is made is the U.S. and allows a cooler to double as a sound system. Photo via startgarden.com

One-third of the nine teams that presented to Start Garden judges at its latest Update Night reached the $20,000 second level of funding.

The three ideas that moved on to receive the second round of backing from Rick DeVos' $15 million seed fund are Siliskin Glass, JamCooler and Everidae Sauce.

Siliskin Glass is an idea for silicone covered glass cups for children and is a member of the Silikids product family.

Silikids makes children’s accessories out of silicone and was co-founded in 2006 by friends Stacey Feeley and Giuliana Schwab, who wanted to provide “a safer alternative to plastic.”

“We are making it easy for kids to use glass drinkware instead of toxic plastics linked to health problems such as heart disease, cancer and autism (to name a few),” Feeley writes on her Start Garden page. “By using glass, we can also cut down on the huge environmental impact that un-recycled plastics have on our landfills and oceans.”

In the video below, a drop test is performed on a glass bottle encased in Siliskin.

JamCooler, hailed as “the ultimate party cooler,” works like a marriage between a cooler and a stereo, creating one of the first premium integrated wireless speakers in a cooler.

Owners can play music on JamCooler through their iPod, iPhone or smartphone, while still keeping their food and drinks cool.

“The world’s first integrated wireless speaker and cooler is designed to wow the crowd with its incredible sound and impressive cold-storage capacity,” writes idea creator Hans Burri on his Start Garden page. “The JamCooler is a rugged cooler with a Bluetooth sound system that will keep the party raging, with space for over 100 ice cold beverages and power for 10 hours of thumping jams.”

Everidae Sauce is a gluten free gourmet sauce, which promises to “change your entire philosophy on spicy food.”

Handmade in Grand Rapids, Everidae Sauce's ingredients include garlic, carrots, orange habaneros, apple cider vinegar, sweet onions, white sugar, salt and natural fruit pectin. The sauce is the first in an upcoming line of products from Scoville Farms created by Dominic Sorenson.

“If you love food and can’t resist spicing things up, but don’t want to overwhelm your meal with a salty vinegar-based sauce, then you will love Everidae Sauce,” Sorenson writes on his Start Garden page. “This gourmet specialty sauce brings together ‘sweet’ and ’spicy’ in a whole new way, giving you access to the unique flavor of the habanero — without all the bite.”

Start Garden’s next Update Night — when funded ideas present on their progress for additional funding — is Thursday, Feb. 28. 

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