ConceptKicker tech startup making international waves

SURREY — When he first set out to take part in a weekend event to create a startup company in 54 hours, Surrey’s Denny Hollick never thought he and his team would actually end up taking first place.

But after accomplishing that and more, they’re now coming off of spending a week exhibiting at the world’s largest technology trade show. Suddenly, the possibilities have gotten that much bigger.

Their idea? A crowdsourced 3D printing service that allows artists and studios to offer tangible models of their designs to consumers. The name is ConceptKicker and it came as a result of a Google-sponsored event last fall called Startup Weekend Vancouver. That event propelled them to an international startup challenge that they also won, leading to their debut at the world’s biggest tech stage, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

"Startup weekend was kind of a fun thing that we all got together for as complete strangers and we didn’t really have that much in terms of expectations coming out of it," recalled Hollick. "So to end up at CES just because of what we did at Startup Weekend, that’s definitely not something you’d expect."

During the week-long event, Hollick said the ConceptKicker team made numerous industry connections and learned a lot from mingling with others in the tech sector.

"We had some pretty big interest, a lot of people thought it was unique, others were interested in how they could use it in their own ways because it’s such a niche idea and a lot of people are trying to figure out how to incorporate it into their own brands," he said. "We had a VP of some large corporation come by, he was with the company that does Oreos and Animal Crackers and he was trying to figure out how he could incorporate what we’re doing with stuff like brand promotion or whatnot. Maybe a character for Animal Crackers or something."

Hollick, son of Now publisher Gary Hollick, said the team also got to meet the U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.

"It was pretty amazing… she’s a former VP of Google and she wanted to sit down with us and a few other people and chat about our idea."

As for the next step, the company did a soft launch in December and is hoping to ramp things up and hammer out any kinks they might have in the process.

"So the next big thing for us is going to be focusing on the business, getting some sales and successful campaigns out the door to be ready to grow the business and ready for investment," he said.

"We’re looking at doing that with some well-known artists and we’ve got some good interest with gaming studios."

But that doesn’t mean the ride stops there. Hollick noted the ConceptKicker team also has other networking and conference trips planned for Italy, New York and San Francisco, all of which were prizes from winning the Global Startup Battle in December.

cpoon@thenownewspaper.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A reminder to students at Surrey’s Strawberry Hill Elementary to physically distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Five Surrey schools reporting COVID-19 exposures, including another at Panorama Ridge

INTERACTIVE TABLE: Search for schools, organize by exposure dates

This Crescent Beach home, located at 12505 22 Ave., was subject of a police search warrant June 18. (Google image)
Civil Forfeiture Office alleges Crescent Beach home used to launder money

Court documents request the home, and $85,000 to be turned over to the government

Surrey firefighters battle a house fire near the 70A Avenue and 126A Street intersection early Sunday morning. According to a witness, it appears that the occupants were able to get out without injury. (Shane MacKichan photos)
PHOTOS: Fire causes extensive damage to Surrey home

Occupants able to escape without injury: witness

NDP headquarters on election night, Oct. 24, 2020. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
ELECTION 2020: Live blog from B.C. party headquarters

BC NDP projected to win majority government – but celebrations will look different this election

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

NDP Leader John Horgan celebrates his election win in the British Columbia provincial election in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan celebrates projected majority NDP government, but no deadline for $1,000 deposit

Premier-elect says majority government will allow him to tackle issues across all of B.C.

FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Premier John Horgan during a press conference at the BC Transit corporate office following an announcement about new investments to improve transit for citizens in the province while in Victoria on Thursday, July 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Trudeau congratulates Horgan on NDP’s election victory in British Columbia

Final count won’t be available for three weeks due to the record number of 525,000 ballots cast by mail

Comedic actor Seth Rogen, right, and business partner Evan Goldberg pose in this undated handout photo. When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers. Rogen is determined to change that. (Maarten de Boer ohoto)
Seth Rogen talks about fighting cannabis stigma, why pot should be as accepted as beer

‘I smoke weed all day and every day and have for 20 years’

Provincial Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau speaks at Provincial Green Party headquarters at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe in Victoria. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)
VIDEO: Furstenau leads BC Greens to win first riding outside of Vancouver Island

Sonia Furstenau became leader of BC Greens one week before snap election was called

NDP Leader John Horgan elbow bumps NDP candidate Coquitlam-Burke Mountain candidate Fin Donnelly following a seniors round table in Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday, October 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan, NDP head for majority in B.C. election results

Record number of mail-in ballots may shift results

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Mounties looking for teen boy ‘unlawfully at large’ from Riverview psychiatric hospital

Nolan Godron left the hospital, located at 2721 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, without consent on Saturday

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. More than 4.6 million people have arrived in Canada since the border closed last March and fewer than one-quarter of them were ordered to quarantine while the rest were deemed “essential” and exempted from quarantining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Majority of international travellers since March deemed ‘essential’, avoid quarantine

As of Oct. 20, 3.5 million travellers had been deemed essential, and another 1.1 million were considered non-essential

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Average daily deaths from virus reached 23 over the past seven days, up from six deaths six weeks ago

Most Read