CardNode

Our Idea

Who are we?

I’m an Entrepreneur capturing value from things around me and monetizing on it.

What are we offering?

The CardNode

CardNode simplifies building circuits for beginners making the entire process more clear visually.

Who are we offering it to?

The CardNode is an inexpensive way for students to learn building circuits as well as circuits instructors to teach it to beginners. Our target customers are the various educational institutions which have programs with courses in designing and building circuits.

Why does that person care?

Learning to build circuits from schematics is not very visual and intuitive on the breadboards currently available in the labs. It is sometimes difficult for beginners to figure out how to connect components in series and in parallel. With the CardNode, this process for students who are learning circuits will be simplified. The CardNode is an inexpensive way for the Institutions to have a more effective and engaging way of teaching their students. They save a lot of hours in cleanup time when students are done with their experiments and can dispose of the CardNodes the students have used and they do not need to retrieve the breadboard for future experiments. The CardNode can also be recycled since it is made out of cardboard with a conductive material on the bottom making it environmentally sustainable.

Our distinctive competencies

The ability to easily visualize complicated circuit schematic diagrams which are often not very clear in existing breadboards. It allows users to easily distinguish circuits in parallel vs series, which is often not clear when building the circuit. This will develop a greater understanding of power distribution in a circuit. Modern breadboards are often very expensive and our product prevents potential mistakes often made by beginners which can damage those products saving the institution time and money to fix it.

The substitutes & alternatives

There are no substitutes which are exactly similar to the venture that I’m proposing.

Alternatives however include, modern breadboards and circuit building kits. The CardNode is very inexpensive to build and it is also environmentally sustainable. It can be disposed of in a safe manner after use, and you can cut it and customize it depending on what you want to use it for.

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Our Pitch

Our concept pitch

Our personal pitch

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The Value

Our first key person

Our first key person is the institution which teaches students circuit courses

They care because it is an inexpensive way of teaching circuits to students in a visual and intuitive way.

Our promise to them is an environmentally friendly sustainable product which doesn’t require any maintenance and little to no instruction to use.

Our second key person

Our second key person is the instructor of the circuit course

They care because they can teach students in a more visual intuitive way

Our promise to them is that beginners would have an easier time building circuits making the instructor’s job easier.

Our third key person

Our third key person is the student that’s taking the circuit course

They care because building circuits from schematics is not very clear for beginners with existing equipment provided.

Our promise to them is visual and intuitive way to learn how to build circuits.

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4 Comments

  1. Customer (C)

    9.3

    Value proposition (VP)

    9.4

    Substitutes & alternatives (SA)

    10

    People (P) on the team

    9.6

    Offering (O)

    9.4

    Distinctive competencies (DC)

    9.6

    I thought the idea is really good low cost option for students and universities to adopt. It would allow students to practice circuit design at the comfort of their own home without needing lab access. Overall, I think this is a very innovative idea.

  2. Customer (C)

    8.6

    Value proposition (VP)

    7.4

    Substitutes & alternatives (SA)

    9.2

    People (P) on the team

    8.7

    Offering (O)

    8.2

    Distinctive competencies (DC)

    8.4

    I really like the potential of that the product has as an educational tool. It takes what can be a very complicated conceptual process for students to understand and makes it easy and accessible for first time users. Educational Breadboards are very confusing to use and require a large learning curve in order to understand making this product potentially a very wise investment for academic institutions to make to help their students conceptualize circuits visually much more easily.

  3. Customer (C)

    9.1

    Value proposition (VP)

    9.5

    Substitutes & alternatives (SA)

    8.8

    People (P) on the team

    9

    Offering (O)

    9.5

    Distinctive competencies (DC)

    9.5

    I think the value of the product was very well touched upon, with the multi-benefits this product comes with; whether it’s the easy use, environmental friendliness, or the opportunities the product can give new engineering students. Acknowledging alternatives while still promoting why your option was the best in terms of overall value was smart. Overall, this product is a good way to help students learn circuit building while being cheap and easy to use.

  4. Customer (C)

    7

    Value proposition (VP)

    9.5

    Substitutes & alternatives (SA)

    9

    People (P) on the team

    10

    Offering (O)

    8

    Distinctive competencies (DC)

    9.5

    The concept is a good one, no doubt about it. Watch out for a couple of things – some units might not be recyclable, especially any active components which would have to be sent off to an electronics recycler if damaged. Purely resistive circuits should be no problem of course.

    Your target market might be a bit small. Many schools no longer teach basic circuits in their science classes, but this would be an excellent product for summer camps focusing on electronics, hence the somewhat lower customer score.

    You’re totally qualified to design the product, and you’re distinctly competent in your field. Substitutes are definitely few and that makes your idea valuable as a learning tool.

    Overall great idea!