Mike & Cookies, my dream company, has taken off! We now need a delivery truck to scale the blissness!
WE DID IT! Thank you to everyone who joined us as a baker backer! We are overjoyed and ready to bring Mike & Cookies to the WORLD!
Mike & Cookies is a story that starts with a dream. Ever since I was a little kid, my mom urged my dad (Mike) to start a cookie business close to home in New Haven, CT. I fondly remember the conversations that featured awesome ideas, fun cookie names, and a life filled with cookies and happiness. So one day, I decided to start it. Why not? Why not create a cookie business? I saw my dad's Facebook status that read "cookies cookies cookies" and I immediately knew the name for our business...Mike & Cookies.
What I did not know, however, was the amazing journey I was about to embark on. While an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, I worked weekly with the on-campus Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and received invaluable feedback on business growth, cost analysis, and scalability - concepts foreign to me as a Government & Politics Major. In 2009 I pitched their bi-semesterly business competition and lost. The judges said that my idea was "romantic" but was not feasible or a viable business model. So I decided to create a feasible/viable "romantic" business, something I now call a blissness. A year later, I pitched the same competition and won the grand prize for my business pitch for a fresh baked cookie truck in Washington DC. Months later I graduated the University of Maryland and was entirely focused on launching this Mike & Cookies cookie truck. I soon realized that to get to my cookie truck dream, I needed to take several small steps.
One of these steps was looking to the place that had become my new home - the University of Maryland. After providing cookies at several events throughout the 2011-2012 school year, I approached University of Maryland Dining Services in May of 2012 and pitched the idea of a partnership with Mike & Cookies for retail sale in their cafés and convenience stores. 3 months and several thousand cookies later, the partnership is thriving, and I am happy to share that we have set up a contract for the 2012-2012 school year to provide Mike & Cookies in 12 of the on-campus shops!
SO, here we are. Two years later, and the cookie dream is coming true. 12 locations, 3 employees, and thousands of cookies to bake! With all of this growth, I need your help. I will not be able to deliver thousands of cookies out of my 1994 Volvo, and a delivery truck will allow us to grow to other locations and expand the blissness!
For those who join us as backers, we have some amazing rewards for you!
At the $10 level, you will receive an awesome vintage Mike & Cookies magnet along with a shout out on our facebook page!
At the $25 level, you will receive a box of two dozen Mike & Cookies with a personalized box!
At the $50 level, represent the Cookie Community colors with a Tie-Dye M&C t-shirt!
Head to our facebook page to see the love our cookie community has for Mike & Cookies, and send me an email! I would love to talk to you about how much this means to me, and the fire in the belly I have for Mike & Cookies.
to infinity and beyond,
Mike is my dad!
We grew up baking together (see above photo) so it only made sense to name the business in his honor.
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Jul 20, 2012 - Aug 18, 2012 (29 days)
Pledge $10 or more
6 backers Limited (18 of 24 left)
A vintage Mike & Cookies magnet, a shout out on the Facebook page & a high five!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $25 or more
A box of two dozen Mike & Cookies & a high five!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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A Mike & Cookies Tie-Dye T-Shirt autographed by Founder David Botwick-Ries & a high five!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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A Mike & Cookies Tie-Dye t-shirt, a box of Three Dozen cookies, and a high five!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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3 backers Limited (7 of 10 left)
Monthly cookie club: One box of Mike & Cookies each month for a year & a high five!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $500 or more
Design your own Mike & Cookie! Send in your recipe, we will bake and send the batch to you, and possibly include it as our newest flavor!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
2 backers Limited (3 of 5 left)
Your name & handprints painted on Mike & Cookies Mobile, a private baking party for you and 5 friends & a lifetime supply of high fives! (DC and Maryland only)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012