David E. Smith, Winston-Salem, NC wins national Creative Business CupMonday, August 4, 2014
Winner of 2014 USA CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP
The Center for Creative Economy (CCE) and The National Creativity Network (NCN) are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 USA Creative Business Cup: David E. Smith of 2ndLifeTech based in Winston-Salem, NC (http://www.2ndlifetech.com). The Creative Business Cup (www.creativebusinesscup.com) is an annual competition, which will culminate with the world finals in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 17-19, 2014 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). Over fifty nations are expected to take part in this year’s finals before a distinguished panel of 20 global judges, dignitaries, and potential investors. The competition focuses exclusively on recent business start-ups that draw upon the talents of the creative industries, e.g., design, architecture, advertising, publishing, music, film & video, arts & crafts, IT, radio & TV, gastronomy, and leisure activities. Along with over $50,000 in prizes, the CBC offers extensive free mentoring, the potential for private deals between investors and the competing creative businesses, and other services leading up to and going beyond the competition.
2ndLifeTech is a design solutions company that focuses on inaperçu waste – waste that is right under our noses but rarely seen. The company’s first product, BatteryVampire (http://www.batteryvampire.com), is a patent-pending small unit that takes the place of a second AA battery in a device, using the first battery to power the unit. Unlike most battery-energy solutions, this groundbreaking approach uses all of the energy in the battery with the long-term goal of significantly reducing the 10 billion batteries a year placed in landfills. Dennis Cheek, Executive Director of the National Creativity Network, hails 2nd Life Tech as a potential energy-saving breakthrough; battery-by-battery this product helps the environment, greatly reducing energy wastage and diminishing landfill toxins that threaten groundwater. Cheek notes, “it speaks to the power of teams of designers to reimagine even longstanding existing technologies and use creative ideas to launch the very kind of new creative businesses that are the core focus of this exciting annual international competition.”
David E. Smith, founder of 2ndLifeTech, says, “I am excited and honored that our company will be going to Copenhagen to represent the USA, North Carolina, and particularly the blossoming, creative, entrepreneurial economy within the Piedmont Triad region of our state.” Smith is a Theatre Sound Designer & Composer, Educator, Inventor and Entrepreneur. He is director of the UNC School of the Arts theatre sound design program in Winston-Salem, NC. He has designed for numerous theatrical companies including the Royal National Theatre in London with which he spent eight years. In the USA, David has worked with Triad Stage in Greensboro, Arena Stage in Washington D.C., and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, among others. He was recently selected as one of a hundred finalists in World Stage Design 2013 held in Cardiff, Wales. David has worked with IDEO in a workshop setting and teaches a weekly Innovation and Creativity class at UNCSA.
2ndLifeTech has received significant assistance in its entrepreneurial journey from The Center for Creative Economy in Winston-Salem, NC. As a member of the Creative Economy Coalition, a working group of the NCN, CCE nominated Smith’s team for this national award. “We are thrilled that this highly creative business will now compete for the prestigious global Creative Business Cup in Denmark,” said Executive Director, Margaret Collins. “This award showcases David’s company and the opportunities available for creatives in Winston-Salem and North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad.”
Read more at the Triad Business Journal! http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/blog/2014/08/a-triad-entrepreneur-s-vision-of-2ndlife-takes.html