Our community is comprised of some absolutely brilliant entrepreneurs and so we asked a few of them to tell us the story of how they came up with the ideas for their business.

Waising Tang | food entrepreneur

I noticed there’s an increase in demand of good quality Asian/Chinese appetizers around South Florida in recent years. People just love dumplings and steamed bao buns. Especially among the young working professionals, they want food that’s tasty and convenient. Unfortunately, there’s not really many choices in this area, and most of the available options in restaurants and local grocery stores are loaded with preservatives, artificial flavors, etc. Read more>>

Susan Bunch | Owner, Keneca Coastal and past School Principal

Several of my local girlfriends are snowbirds and many are from outside the US such as London, Canada etc. . Since they do not like to drive here, I would take them to places like Miami, Palm Beach, Cabbage Key etc for a fun girls day out. They loved visiting all of the fun and interesting places and I loved taking them! I am always amazed at how many gorgeous places there are to visit so close to Naples. My girlfriends wanted to go again and again and it made me think how badly Naples needs a day excursion company that connects us to other beautiful South Florida attractions around us. Thus, the idea of Keneca Coastal was born! Read more>>

Rossanna Ceccato | CEO & Founder

As a former compulsive fashion consumer myself, I accumulated an incredible amount of clothes that were only used once, twice, or worst never used. I knew I was not going to put them on, I didn’t want to donate or discard those pieces as they were new or almost new. On the other hand, selling them was not an option, they would give me peanuts for them. Then I thought Swaps were the fairest and simplest way to renew your wardrobe without spending much money, just to realize people come in all shapes and sizes, moreover, personal preferences are unlimited and that is why a large-scale swapping platform would never work or scale. Read more>>

Juan Pablo Siri | Technology Developer

For more than 30 years I have been designing and developing systems with UV technology. At the beginning of the pandemic while working on an air purifier project, it occurred to me to develop an air filter that eliminates viruses, bacteria and fungi, as well as toxic gases and bad odors, from the environment. At Vioxfilter we developed a Premium air filter composed of Merv 15 and activated carbon that transforms the central air conditioning into a powerful purifier. Read more>>