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An Idea Out of Leftfield

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Zach Sanderson and his group, Major Trading Cards, are working on an app at the Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance that would digitize baseball trading cards.

"I'm coming from kind of an idealist perspective where I like baseball, I like cards, I like photography, but where's the money in that necessarily, said Sanderson.

Finding the money is what he and the rest of the entrepreneurs, who have been working away for most of the weekend, are trying to find out.

The process started with pitches on Friday night, then voting to pick the best handful of ideas to work on.

"Honestly by the time pitching and voting was over I didn't think it was going to happen and about five minutes later, four guys are on my team saying, "Hey, why aren't we doing this? Let's do it, said Zach.

Thats the key: people. And the skills they bring with them.

Andy Sulhoffs idea was an app that helps users pick out gifts.

"The community is a good size where we have really talented people, said Sulhoff. There are talented developers and designers in this community."

"People will tell you about six-degrees of separation and I tell people in Cedar Rapids, its one degree. You are one person removed from what you need, said Startup Weekend Organizer David Tominsky.

Zachs group already has already been talking with Minor League Baseball and already has interest from a local minor league team.

The theme of the weekend is entrepreneurial pursuits that solve problems. For Zachs group, if a Minor League team has trouble promoting its own players, "the solution is that here's a great start-up that can help them put a mobile app out there that will help them market their team, said Co-Organizer, Mendel Kurland.

Its all thanks to a weekend of work on an idea out of left field.
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