Assila LLC - Tech Startup of the Year
Company: Assila LLC, Albuquerque , NM
Company Description: Assila LLC is a latina, teen owned company. Alissa Chavez is the inventor of Assila's product Hot Seat. After hearing so many heartbreaking stories of children dying from being accidentally left in a hot car, Alissa wanted to do something to prevent this. Hot Seat is a senor that fits in any car seat. It connects via Bluetooth to the Hot Seat app. An alarm will sound if a child is left behind.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Tech Startup of the Year- Hardware/Peripherals
Nomination Title: Hot Seat Car Seat Alarm System
Tell the story about what this nominated organization has achieved since January 1, 2016 (up to 650 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Begin this section with the date since January 1, 2016 on which this organization began operations.
Hot Seat is a car seat alarm system invented by Albuquerque Teenager, Alissa Chavez. Alissa was raised by her single mother who owns a home childcare business. Having children as such a big part of Alissa's life, she was heartbroken to hear stories on the news about children dying after they were accidentally left in a hot car. Alissa knew something had to be done. For her 8th grade science fair she invented a product called Hot Seat.
Hot Seat is an alarm system that prevents children from being accidentally left in a hot car. The Hot Seat sensor fits in any car seat. It then connects via Bluetooth to the Hot Seat app on the parents cell phone. If a child is in the seat and the cell phone is at least 15ft away from the vehicle and alarm will sound to notify the parent that a child is still in the car. She patented her product that same year. In July 2014, Alissa received a Good Samaritan Award from the Mayor of Albuquerque for Hot Seat. She started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to build prototypes of her invention. She received overwhelming support from so many people around the world and was able to raise nearly four times her original goal.
Hot Seat has also gained national and international media attention for its innovative approach to solving a problem that impacts so many people around the world. On average, 40 children every year die from this type of accident. Alissa demonstrated her product on several national and international news outlets including, NBC News, ABC News, HLN News, Huffington Post, Washington Post, USA Today, Fox and Friends, Ryan Seacrest Radio Show and the Today Show. Alissa has been recognized for her compassion and her initiative to solve a problem. Alissa and her mother have bootstrapped and crowdfunded to bring this product to the market. Alissa was also one of the youngest winners at age 17, to be named one of Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year: Tech Heroes, Glamour Magazine, Women of the Year: Hometown Heroes. Alissa and Hot Seat were also on Teen Business Top 20 list, Design Good 9 Most Inspiring Teens and Award of Excellence from Albuquerque Public Schools. Throughout the past two years Alissa has worked very hard to design, build and prototype her invention all while still in high school.
In December 2016, Alissa released Hot Seat for pre-order at a press conference with Mayor Richard J. Berry. Alissa's dream since her science fair has been to bring this product to the market because she wanted to do her part in preventing these types of accidents. As entrepreneurs know and many others can imagine, bringing a product to the market is no easy task. Being a teenager has made this process even harder for Alissa but, she has not let anything hold her back. She believed in her idea and believed in the potential for her product. Alissa hopes that with her product on the market no more children will die from this type of terrible accident.
In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief accomplishments of this organization since the beginning of 2016 (up to 150 words).
-Latina Magazine- 5 Kid Geniuses
-Sandia National Laboratories- Success Stories
-Hot Seat Launch
Of the following measures of success, which ONE do you want the judges to most appreciate about your organization's story of achievement since the beginning of 2016?
Corporate Social Responsibility