Mike & Cookies, my dream company, has taken off! We now need a delivery truck to scale the blissness! Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 18, 2012.
About this project
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.
Pledge $10 or more
6 backers Limited (18 left of 24)
A vintage Mike & Cookies magnet, a shout out on the Facebook page & a high five!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
A box of two dozen Mike & Cookies & a high five!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
5 backers All gone!
A Mike & Cookies Tie-Dye T-Shirt autographed by Founder David Botwick-Ries & a high five!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
5 backers All gone!
A Mike & Cookies Tie-Dye t-shirt, a box of Three Dozen cookies, and a high five!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)
Monthly cookie club: One box of Mike & Cookies each month for a year & a high five!Estimated delivery:
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:
Pledge $1,000 or more
2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)
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:
- (29 days)