iCPooch was born as a result of an 8th grade school project and a highly motivated 12 year old girl at an intense 54 hour event called Startup Weekend Spokane, held in September of 2012 at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Startup Weekend is a global phenomena held in over 65 countries around the world that encourage and support entrepreneur’s efforts to create new companies. On Friday evening, Brooke Martin, a 12 year old entrepreneur presented an innovative idea in the one minute pitch time allowed to all participants, called iCPooch. One of forty presenters (thirty-nine adults & one twelve year old), Brooke quickly won the hearts of those in attendance, receiving more votes than any other presenter.
Brooke has continued to receive great support from those she met at Startup Weekend and the team of professionals assisting her continues to expand. James Pelland, an expert in international product distribution and marketing came on the project team in January of 2013 as the CEO of iCPooch’s newly formed parent company, Bondgy, Inc. Chris Martin, a passionate entrepreneur and founder of several successful startups has joined iCPooch as the Chief Operating Officer.
In March of 2013, Brooke filed her utility patent with the support of Spokane based patent law firm, Lee & Hayes. Other companies that have been instrumental in the product development process, are Limelyte Technologies, JB Engineering, Sigma Design, Paine Hamblen Law, Barer Communications and others.
What started out as a clever idea by a 12 year old entrepreneur to stay in touch with her Golden Retriever, “Kayla”, continues to expand with the help of the amazing team of adult professionals that have supported Brooke’s journey.
Meet Our Team
Brooke Martin – Inventor & Founder – Brooke is a highly motivated 14 year-old who embodies a true entrepreneurial spirit and believes in working hard to accomplish great things. As the inventor of iCPooch, she has had the opportunity to participate in an incredible journey as a young entrepreneur. One of her recent achievements was being selected as 1st runner-up in the national Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul MN for her video submission of iCPooch in October. Active in scouts since the age of five, Brooke participates in a variety of community service projects, has been honored with a Chase Youth Award for Middle School Leadership and received the 2013 Distinguished Student Award from the Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted. One of her greatest passions is competing in horse shows with her 7 year-old Morgan, “Bear”. She loves the arts, studies piano and violin, and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Brooke is a sophomore enrolled in the Institute of Science and Technology program at North Central High School in Spokane, Washington.
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James Pelland – Chief Executive Officer – James brings 20 years of experience leading retail, e-commerce, and distribution sales and marketing to iCPooch. Most recently, James was with ASUS Computer, where he grew ASUS laptops to a consistent top three brand on Amazon.com, and quadrupled ASUS’s Canadian laptop market share. Prior, James held positions at Dell Inc. in e-commerce product management, as well as consumer marketing and brand management where his categories grew at multiples to the market. James also led marketing communications at General Dynamics Itronix, and implemented emergency 911 software systems for Logistic Systems. James holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Virginia, and earned his MBA with honors from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Chris Martin – Chief Operating Officer – Chris brings to iCPooch a broad based management background and a passion for entrepreneurship. His career spans over thirty years in project management, marketing and sales, public relations, custom manufacturing, fundraising, and community leadership in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. In addition to his role as COO of iCPooch, he is co-founder and Executive Director of Prodigy Northwest, a non-profit organization in Spokane, WA. He is also a co-founder of the regional Inland Northwest arts festival, First Night Spokane and was their Executive Director from 2003-2012. To contact Chris, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check Out Where We are Today!
What started out as a dream of 12 year-old girl who wanted to help her dog Kayla, has evolved into a state-of-the-art manufacturing process at a world class facility. Here you see photos of our assembly process and printed circuit board manufacturing machinery at Servatron EMS in Spokane Valley, Washington.