Aeolian Kitesurfing LLC was an award winner at the latest Entrepreneur Innovation Awards. Presented by CTNext, the Shark Tank-style event gives Connecticut-based entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their innovative startup for a chance to win $10,000 in awards.
Entrepreneur Innovation Award “Crowd Favorite” winner Aeolian Kitesurfing Founder Vlad Alexandrescu told Innovation Destination Hartford about how he developed the startup’s business concept and where he sees the future of the company.
IDH: When and why did you start your company?
ALEXANDRESCU: I started Aeolian Kitesurfing in 2011 to pursue the life I love. A life where the beach is my boardroom and it actually has boards in it!
IDH: How did you develop the business concept?
ALEXANDRESCU: The key to succeeding in the watersports industry, and any industry for that matter, is to provide something unique—to distinguish yourself from the competition—so I decided I was not going to make another inflatable boat, kite or stand up paddle (SUP) board. Instead, I looked at these watersports and tried to solve common problems my friends and I were having. Inflating was always the worst part, it was the first thing you had to do and it was the last thing I wanted to do. I decided to tackle this first and that’s when I came up with the Triple Action Pump, which is the world’s first hybrid/electric hand pump.
Aeolian Kitesurfing is a technologies company. Through innovation, we will change the world of watersports and the Triple Action Pump is the first awesome step.
IDH: Why did you get involved in Entrepreneur Innovation Awards?
ALEXANDRESCU: We are raising funds to begin production and bring our product into the market. The Entrepreneur Innovation Awards provides entrepreneurs with a great opportunity to advance their businesses. The Entrepreneur Innovation Award will help us to fund some of our product’s launch for our business to further advance.
IDH: Where do you see your company in the next three to five years?
ALEXANDRESCU: We plan on making Aeolian Kitesurfing a global brand, visible and engaged in the world of watersports. We are hoping to move forward with marketing and distribution of the Triple Action Pump and develop and patent other useful products for watersports lovers.
Entrepreneurship and innovation will drive sustainability and conservation to give back for all we’ve received. We owe our business to the oceans, the beaches, and the communities built around them.
IDH: Do you have any advice for entrepreneurs or startup business owners?
ALEXANDRESCU: Knock on every door and take every meeting because you never know who you will meet, where it will take you, and what you will learn.
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