Student Voices:  Passion Spark Participants

Passion Ventures from Past Years

by Jerry Beckerman

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In a partnership with Scholastic, they wrote this book so that they could attach

to it our patented tree-kit (below), and distribute via their national book clubs.

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Patented tree-starter kit, front and back

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In 1976, founded Cookies & Milk, the second chocolate chip cookie store in the United States, with 12 varieties of chocolate chip cookies.  Later, developed a package for broad distribution to supermarkets and other retailers.

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Founded and trademarked Nutcrackers in four varieties, arranged for contract-manufacturing, and distributed the line into supermarkets and other retailers nationally in the US.  A radio commercial example follows below.

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(Begins after eight second pause)

01 Nutcrackers Radio spot good
00:00 / 01:14

Founded the nonprofit Segue Career Mentors and facilitated 90,000 Student Career Exposures (SCEs).  A university study found that 86% of participating students were more likely to believe that "more effort now = more options in their future."  A Harvard University study found, at the 95% confidence level, that those who received five or more SCEs, were significantly more likely to have success in "College Intentions," "Mastery Orientation," and "Future Talk."

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Adults hold a spelling bee that's not bu
00:00 / 03:55

Cosmopolitan Cafe:  Pilot in Century City (Los Angeles)  

Food cart and product breaks down for transportation in automobile

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GreetingBox Greeting Card.  Standard size, 5"x7", printed on cardboard, has perforations that enable folding into a 2" cube, weighing less than one ounce, and meeting all USPS mailing rules.

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BoxDice Sports Games:  Seven classic sports, plus Spell Sport,

model "zero-waste" packaging where the package folds up into

the product, with storage case.  Detail for soccer shown below.

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Side A of bag

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Side B of bag

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Six Varieties Quick Cook Bean Side Dishes

Developed for Seaside Products (California Dry Bean Advisory Board)

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