Vote Kevin Lane
Create a Castle
Create A Castle, LLC
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Company/organization description (<500 characters)
Create A Castle molds give families a fun, successful and frustration-free way of building elaborate castles, towers and whatever else you can dream up. The split molds work in the sand or snow! All without struggling to use the traditional one dimensional sand molds and builds can be done quickly! Featured as one of 2018 Summer's Hottest Toys on Live with Kelly & Ryan, QVC 3 times in the summer of 2019, and a finalist for 2020 Toy Of The Year, we are excited about it's future both nationally and internationally!
Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished in 2019 (<500 characters) e.g., patents received, growth rate, and successful MVP, trial, or exit, etc…
In 2019,Create A Castle has been approved for 4 design patents and also achieved IP in China and Australia. The inventor Kevin, has had national exposure on QVC 3 times and was nominated as a finalist for the esteemed 2020 Toy Of The Year in the Outdoor Category!
What type of entrepreneur are you? Scaling Company: regional, national, or global business focus and greater than $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019; Scalable Venture: regional, national, or global business focus and less than $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019; Main Street: local business focus;Social Good: social enterprise or nonprofit focus
We are currently scaling the business up from national to global as we are speaking with distributors from New Zealand, Australia, Pacific Island,s as well as a good portion of Europe, starting with the UK. We are less than $1,000,000 in revenue currently.
Student entrepreneur: Are you a student and younger than 25 as of December 31, 2019? YES or NO
What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources (spaces, programs, events, schools, etc.) have helped you succeed? (<500 characters)
We've had incredible support from a local level. Other small businesses have helped our growth tremendously especially Makery Co-Working in New Milford. Owner Tony Vengrove is a constant advocate for our business. We also have consistent town support from our mayor Pete Bass. Other local businesses such as Goat Boy Soaps, Reis Learning Center and Lasting Impressions Hand Stamped Jewelry are all incredible assets! We've had incredible press opportunities with WTNH News Channel 8 and Ann Nyberg with two different segments and I95 and KICKS 105.5 Radio. Our local chapter of SCORE has also been invaluable!
What people are saying about Kevin Lane ...
Kevin Lane, the inventor behind Create A Castle, is one of the hardest working entrepreneurs in Connecticut. The popularity of this novel sand/snow castle making kid is taking the toy industry by storm. Since last year's CT Entrepreneur Awards, Create a Castle has been on QVC three times, has traveled all over the US for various trade shows and product demonstrations, and is currently in the running for the prestigious Toy Of The Year award by The Toy Association. Kevin works hard, gives back to his community and is always sharing gratitude to those who have helped him on his journey to date. Tony Vengrove