A mentor at the Connecticut Small Business Development Center encouraged Paul Rivera to participate in the CTNext Entrepreneur Innovation Awards. Paul told Innovation Destination Hartford about his experience launching his startup, Global Hydro Pneumatic High Tech Inventions, LLC, and getting involved in Connecticut’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Global Hydro Pneumatic High Tech Inventions was a finalist in the 2017 Entrepreneur Innovation Awards, a pitch competition that enables Connecticut-based companies and entrepreneurs to present their innovative project ideas to a panel of entrepreneurial experts for an opportunity to win $10,000 awards to help support business growth.
INNOVATION DESTINATION HARTFORD: When and why did you start the company?
PAUL RIVERA: I started Global Hydro Pneumatic High Tech Inventions in 2015 as a way to get my ideas out to the world. I’ve spent years envisioning ways to improve and advance the tech industry and I am excited to finally have the ability to move forward with one of my inventions in the hopes of seeing it in cars everywhere.
Being able to create a product that could potentially save lives is an inventor’s dream. I am so proud to finally be able to get moving on my vision. My hope is that through my inventions I can build a legacy for myself and my family that transcends time.
IDH: Tell us a little about your startup.
PR: Global Hydro Pneumatic High Tech Inventions provides innovative products to the marketplace that promote safety and high-quality technology for the high-tech industry. We aim to invent and manufacture technology that will make every day problems a little easier to solve.
IDH: What makes your startup unique?
PR: We are a small operation with a huge impact. Our company and team are driven with the passion to bring change to the tech industry.
IDH: How did you become aware of the Entrepreneur Innovation Awards? Why did you apply?
PR: My mentor through the Connecticut Small Business Development Center provided me with the information about the Entrepreneur Innovation Awards as a way to gain more ground with funding and development.
IDH: How any other Connecticut startup resources help to shape your business?
PR: I have been fortunate to partner and learn from a variety of local resources. I am a member of the Inventor’s Association of Connecticut, which has given me networking opportunities and creative inspiration.
Remarkable Technologies, Inc. and the Connecticut Small Business Development Center have provided immense mentorship and guidance through the process of finding connections and resources.
I’ve also been blessed with a mentor from Connecticut Innovations who provided me with someone knowledgeable about entrepreneurship and startups.
IDH: Any advice for other entrepreneurs who are launching startups?
PR: The biggest factor in succeeding as an entrepreneur is simply getting out and doing the legwork. You have to be constantly networking and researching to understand what’s already been done and who’s already a big player in the game.
Use every resource and introduce yourself to everyone because you never know if that person might be a great mentor to you or a potential investor or customer. Everything I’ve accomplished is because I was open to asking questions, finding resources, and making connections.
IDH: What’s the biggest challenge your company has faced as a startup?
PR: Our biggest hurdle has been getting the funding we need for the prototype manufacturing.
IDH: Where do you see your company one year from now?
PR: We are actively working toward building a prototype and gaining ground in the automotive industry. A year from now, my hope is that we have a deal in place that will get our product out there for manufacturing and potentially saving lives.
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