Our aisle-widening seat gets aircraft back in the air fast – where they can generate revenue.
Wider Aisles = Wider Smiles
Company name: Molon Labe Designs, Breckenridge, Colorado
Region: Rocky Mountain
Molon Labe’s Side-Slip Seat doubles an airliner’s aisle width during turnarounds which:
- moves passengers on and off faster,
- saves fuel and $$$$,
- gets aircraft back in the air generating revenue, and
- permits a 15% airline fleet reduction!
How it changes the world
This is a simple, market-ready invention that will affect anyone that flies by making their life a little easier. At the same time we will save millions of gallons of fuel that airlines waste running essential aircraft systems on the ground while waiting for passengers to load and unload. We will save passengers from wasting their lives standing in the aisle of an aircraft, we save the environment in a very ungreen industry, and we will boost an airline’s bottom line by permitting a 15% reduction in their fleet size.
If you win?
If we win the Cleantech Open it will permit us to complete our entire business plan. We will have the funds to complete our prototype, test and certify it, and display it at the Aircraft Interiors Trade Show in April 2013, as well as at various other targeted industry events. With our recent worldwide media attention we are well positioned to meet a real target… the sale or licensing of our design to a major manufacturer — leading to the introduction of the seat into the market worldwide.
Memorable Cleantech Open moment?
During the feedback section of the Regional Finals Pitch a judge said (in jest):
“You only need $100k? You must be the worst entrepreneur ever.”
My response: “Well yeah,that’s why we are in this competition. Three months ago I didn’t even know what an Executive Summary was. Ask me again in 6 months, hopefully I’ll have a different answer!”
Another: During the academy celebratory dinner (after working on my elevator pitch for three days), I stood up to give my pitch and said: “Hi. I’m Hank from Molon Labe and I am selling elevators.”