Seth Hickerson, Founder of My Steady Mind, is no stranger to high-pressure situations. A two-branch Military Veteran, Hickerson served five years in the US Navy, stationed in Tokyo, Japan, Rota, and Spain, and four years in the Air Force Reserve at Langley AFB in Virginia. Hickerson's passion is to use his military training and experiences to help individuals incorporate mindfulness and resiliency training into their everyday lives. His timing could not be better as there is a renewed sense of importance and awareness on mental wellness and the feelings of burnout, stress, and mental fatigue exacerbated by the impacts of COVID-19.
A feature on Good Morning America is a big deal for any business, but for a small business, it is game-changing. Groundswell member Catania Enterprises teamed up with Amaranth Vase Company to produce a reimagined flower vase so innovative, it was promoted on Good Morning America’s “Deals & Steals” this fall.
The facts are simple:
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in sports on school campuses.
- 1 in 300 youth have an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk for SCA.
- A simple test can save a life.
For so many nonprofits this year, best laid plans had to change to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on communities. Club Esteem, a nonprofit organization offering free after-school and summer programs to economically disadvantaged children in grades 1 through 12 who live in the South Melbourne/Palm Bay area, that meant cancelling their annual Rock the Casbah fundraiser, and shifting the way they delivered their services from face-to-face sessions to virtual tutoring and curbside food pickup.
If you come to Groundswell Startups seeking help with a product, the first person you’ll likely meet is Pawan. A Groundswell Mentor since the organization was founded in 2016, Pawan has been a trusted advisor to our startup community, helping entrepreneurs and founders turn their ideas into prototypes.
Johnathen Warren is no stranger to the defense industry, having worked at Harris and Lockheed Martin for over 14 years. When he identified a market need for companies specializing in optical communications, he thought, “If I can win big contracts for the companies I work for, why can’t I do it on a smaller scale for myself?” So he sold his house, took the plunge, and with his wife, Rebecca, founded Critical Frequency Design.
Groundswell Startups prides itself on being a Give First Community, a culture that looks to collaboration and innovation to bring resources to the founders and startups we support. To do that, you need a pretty awesome mentor network willing to dedicate its time to help others succeed.