START UP

NOLA Code:
STUP 0800H1
Number of Episodes/Length:
13 / 30
Genre:
Rights End:
10/11/2023
Producer
Arcadius Productions
TV-G
CC
sIX
Stereo
Year Produced:
2020
Version:
Base
#801 The Kitchen
Quiana "Que" Broden was not always a vegan, but when she was diagnosed with a severe autoimmune disorder, she knew that she had to make a serious change in her life. Fast forward about 7 years when she turned a dream written on a Post-It note into reality. Now she’s now the owner of a successful vegan restaurant and cooking school called “The Kitchen.” This is a story about hope, dreams and the unrelenting pursuit to live her best life.

#802 Yakovich Outdoors
John Yakovich grew up near the Mississippi river. With generations of fisherman in his family, fishing has always been in his blood. After being re-located to Michigan for work, he decided to take his love of fishing and turn it into a family business. They say that muskie is the fish of 10,000 casts, but for John and his son, Captain Craig, they make it look easy. This is a story about following your passion and taking a risk to finally do what you truly love.

#803 The Schvitz
Paddy Lynch, a funeral director by trade, has always been fascinated by historic properties. So, when the opportunity came to buy a nearly 100 year-old storied landmark and cultural institution, it was a dream come true. The Schvitz comes with a gloriously notorious reputation as a bathhouse frequented by Prohibition-era “Purple Gang” mobsters. Open to members and guests since 1930, The Schvitz is Detroit’s original urban health club and the only historic bath house left in the city. This is a story about revival, die-hard perseverance and a passion for historic preservation.

#804 Plum Health
Dr. Paul Thomas knew what he wanted to do with his life since the age of 17. After completing medical school, residency and a short stint at an Urgent Care facility, he founded Plum Health. Plum Health offers direct primary care services based on a subscription model. Rather than charge patients for each visit, patients pay a set fee each month, gaining direct access to doctors as needed, including access to wholesale medications, imaging services and lab work. This is a story about disruption and being the change that you wish to see.

#805 Will Power Fitness Gym
William McCray has endured several hardships throughout his life, but when he lost his mother to health issues when she was only 34 years old, he decided to dedicate his life to helping people transform their mind and bodies. He founded Will Power Fitness Gym on a philosophy that if you help people dig deep to discover their true reason for wanting to change, it can create a life-lasting impression. This is a story about perseverance and staying true to your principals against all odds.

#806 Ash and Erie
Like 30% of American men under 5’8 in height, Steven Mazur and Eric Huang have always had a difficult time finding clothes that fit them properly. So, they took matters into their own hands and decided to do something about it. After lots of research, a successful IndieGoGo campaign and a trip to the Shark Tank, Ash and Erie is now the industry leader in “smaller guys” apparel. This is story about necessity truly being the mother of invention.

#807 Cochrane House
Roderica and Francina James have always been passionate about real estate, hospitality and design. So, when they bought the historic 1870 Italianate style Cochrane House, they knew they had something special. Fast forward 10 years, and the James sisters own and operate one of most rare and unique luxury bed and breakfasts in Detroit. This is a story about family, culture and staying true to your core values.

#808 LuminAID
Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta were graduate students in architecture school in 2010 when the earthquake hit in Haiti. Looking at the types of supplies that were being shipped in, they noticed that lighting supplies were not being distributed in volume. Typically, after a disaster occurs, the lights go out, so they thought that a lightweight rechargeable light would add a lot of safety and comfort to those affected, and LuminAID was born. This is story about compassion and finding a solution to a real-world problem.

#809 Start Up 100th Episode
Gary Bredow and Jenny Feterovich have always been entrepreneurs, both fascinated with film production and storytelling. Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, Jenny immigrated to the US with her family as a teenager, and Gary from the small farming community of Carleton, Michigan. When this unlikely duo discussed the concept for START UP over a BBQ lunch, there was no turning back, and they decided to chase this dream with everything they had. START UP Season 8 ushers in its landmark 100th episode by sharing their own Start Up story. Meet the family and crew, and learn about the joys and challenges that come with producing a national television series for 8 consecutive seasons.

#810 The Office Oasis
Kevin Lehoe graduated in 2014 with a mechanical engineering degree and quickly found himself working behind a desk. Passionate about product design, Kevin realized that the thing that bothered him the most about sitting at a desk all day were the wheels on his office chair. Questioning why traditional office furniture tends to be uncomfortable, clunky, and lacking proper design and function (like the chair wheels), he founded The Office Oasis with the goal of bringing new life to outdated office essentials. This is a story about inventiveness and finding new solutions for old problems.

#811 Healthy Roots Dolls
Yelitsa Jean-Charles never had a doll that looked like her growing up. The one time her parents gave her a black doll, she burst into tears because she thought that it wasn’t the “pretty one”. Since then, Yelitsa has made it her goal to make sure that no other children feel the way she did about her own appearance growing up, so during her junior year at Rhode Island School of Design, she created Healthy Roots Dolls, a toy company that creates dolls and storybooks that empower young girls and represent the beauty of our diversity. This is a story about empowerment, self-love and raw ambition.

#812 Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company
Jerry Kozak and Ricky Winowiecki began printing and selling t-shirts out of their college dorm with little success. After graduation, they borrowed $16,000 from friends and family to buy their first commercial t-shirt printer. After a couple more years of dismal sales, business started to pick up. The company got its first significant contracts and moved into a warehouse. With over 50 employees and two dogs, Ann Arbor t-shirt company prints and embroiders over 500,000 shirts per year for clients all over the world. This is a story about resilience and absolutely refusing to give up.

#813 Michigan Fields
Since 2017, Drew Patrick has been developing a concept that would connect people with locally sourced and grown grocery products. So, when the pandemic hit, he knew it was time to fast-track the concept and launch his business, Michigan Fields, as quickly as possible. Essentially an online grocery store, you shop just like you would through Instacart or the other services, but the products are coming directly from the source. This is a story about quickly adapting to your environment and bringing businesses together to provide a valuable service.


Program Rights

Broadcast Rights:
Unlimited
Rights Dates:
10/12/2020 - 10/11/2023
School Rights:
1 year
V.O.D. Rights:
No
Linear Live Streaming:
Yes
Non-Commercial Cable Rights:
Yes