Where Are They Now? Follow Up with Badger Medical Collar
Innovation Destination Hartford spoke with Badger Medical Collar Founder Timothy Andrew Kussow in October 2016, when the startup was called Bariatric Collar LLC (read the interview: CT Startup Provides Innovative EMS Solution).
At the time, the startup was in its early stages doing research to find out how to license and/or manufacture options for the Bariatric Immobilization/Extrication Collar. IDH recently checked in with Tim to find out what’s new.
INNOVATION DESTINATION HARTFORD: Give us an update.
TIM KUSSOW: Since we last spoke, I branded the collar as Badger Medical Collar. I also acquired a line of credit (LOC) and the product is now available for sale.
IDH: Have you experienced any major pivots since we featured your story?
TIM: Yes, the product was originally geared toward bariatric patients. It now goes beyond just bariatric patients and can be used in many situations to aid in maintaining a neutral cervical spine position when spinal motion restriction is indicated.
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IDH: Have you been involved with any startup resources in the region?
TIM: I was one of 10 finalists at a CTNext Entrepreneur Innovation Awards event in 2016.
Also, in October 2016, I appeared on the Pulse of the Region, a weekly broadcast by the MetroHartford Alliance, along with Medframe LLC Founder Elizabeth Pouya and Innovation Destination Hartford Website Curator Nan Price.
IDH: How are you building a customer base?
TIM: Slowly. I’ve been working on advertising and marketing.
IDH: What’s the best advice you’ve either given or received?
TIM: My best advice is to trust your gut and keep pushing forward.
IDH: What does being entrepreneurial mean to you?
TIM: Pushing my dream and passion to get this life-saving device out to the EMS world.
IDH: As an entrepreneur, how do you prevent burnout?
TIM: Finding new positives and goals to reach!
IDH: What’s next?
TIM: We’re exhibiting at the International Emergency Medical Service Conference (EMS PRO) Expo, May 30 through June 2, 2018 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.
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