Lynx Toys founders (from left:) Jared Knowles, Madison Jones, Matt Kinsel
On average, Startup Aggieland launches 24 student-owned companies each semester.
“These young men have been the ‘poster children’ for our program,” Lewis said. “They represent Startup Aggieland, the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, the Center for Retailing Studies, Mays Business School and Texas A&M University very well.”
Lynx was awarded first place in the Alto 211 Best Pitch Award at Startup Aggieland’s Silicon Valley Bank Shank Frenzy in May and traveled to Houston to pitch for scouts for ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
For their tenacity and leadership at Startup Aggieland, Kinsel also received the third annual Brenckman Bulldog Award and accepted on behalf of himself and his team.
“Last summer, we had no idea that we would be a team,” Knowles said, “but, over the past few months we have really been able to focus and push our product to the next level. It’s been a crazy year!”
The team has high hopes for the future, already talking of returning next year with a new generation of Lynx noodle connectors.
“We’ve learned so much about the business and life; there’s no way we could have done this without the support of the Texas A&M University community and the Aggie Network, specifically the company’s investors, Harlie Frost of Affinity Labs and Russell White ‘93. Without them, there would be no Lynx Toys, and for that we are grateful,” Knowles shared.
Together, the group has sold several hundred units of their “pool noodle connector” to ToySplash.com and Zulilly.
According to Brenckman, “we call [Lynx Toys] our ‘dream team’ for their hustle, coachability, and commitment.”
Out of the 2,200 units manufactured for their Post Oak Mall launch, Knowles estimates that they will sell out of their product by Independence Day.
For more about Lynx Toys, visit www.lynx.toys or http://www.toysplash.com/.