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SOUP Spoon’s team is comprised of Wesley Steen and Patrick Pawlowski, and it is a graduate of the summer 2013 DTX Launch Detroit.
What’s your business?
The SOUP Spoon is an assistive eating utensil for people who struggle with tremors and fine motor skills. Our device separates the solid portions of foods from the liquid portions to help prevent spilling.
Why are you proud of it?
We are proud of it because we are helping improve the lives of others. Simple tasks that many of us take for granted become extremely difficult for others. With a little thought and effort, we can help others overcome their challenges.
What’s your best advice for a fellow entrepreneur?
Make sure that what you are working on is something that you really enjoy and love. You are going to be spending a lot of time thinking this stuff over and telling this story, so make sure you can commit to it for the long haul. Your team is everything! Find people who are just as passionate as you and have fun. If you and your team are passionate about what you are doing, you will have a blast working together to achieve your goals.
What local entrepreneur do you look up to and why?
Dan Gilbert is always interesting to follow. Not only has he been buying up much of downtown Detroit, but he has some kickass companies too. It has been interesting to watch his empire grow, and we like borrowing his ‘isms’ that fit our company and team.
What do you do when you need a mental break?
Our team takes a mental break by playing games and competing with each other. We often take breaks to play ping-pong, basketball, tennis, cards or any other little game we can find to get our competitive juices flowing and recharge our batteries. It also makes the day fun!