Cade wins Crab Pot Pitch Con­test

The Calvert Recorder - - Business -

The South­ern Mary­land In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­ogy meetup and PaxS­pace an­nounce Low­ell Cade, founder of RYG Light LLC, as the first-place win­ner of the Crab Pot Pitch Con­test. Cade re­ceived a $5,000 cash prize to fur­ther his con­cept, a bushel of crabs and a one-year mem­ber­ship to PaxS­pace, a mem­ber-op­er­ated mak­erspace where en­trepreneur­s can work on their projects.

“Mr. Cade and his fellow com­peti­tors at the Crab Pot Pitch Con­test are set­ting the bar higher for all en­trepreneur­s,” Kelly Robert­son-Sla­gle, di­rec­tor of the Calvert Coun- ty De­part­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment, said in a press re­lease. “Ground-break­ing tech­nolo­gies, new so­lu­tions to old prob­lems and cut­ting-edge in­ven­tions helped shape the Amer­i­can econ­omy; watch­ing th­ese creative ideas come to fruition right here in South­ern Mary­land is very ex­cit­ing for all of us.”

Cade’s in­ven­tion of the RYG Light, a por­ta­ble, hand­held de­vice, is used to con­trol pedes­trian and auto traf­fic. His patented de­vice won first place in the South­ern Mary­land In­no­va­tion and Tech Ini­tia­tive fi­nals of the fourth an­nual Crab Pot Pitch Con­test. Five prod­ucts were pitched in the fi­nals, which ranged from an elec­tric ver­ti­cal take-off fly­ing car and a con­vert­ible res­cue boat/book­case to a river fil­tra­tion prod­uct and a con­stant-mo­tion knee brace that aids in phys­i­cal ther­apy ex­er­cises in­vented by a team of high school stu­dents from St. Mary’s County, the re­lease states.

Crab Pot is a uniquely South­ern Mary­land pitch con­test for in­ven­tors and en­trepreneur­s. Made pop­u­lar by tele­vi­sion shows like ABC’s “Shark Tank,” pitch con­tests pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for en­trepreneur­s to

present their ideas to a panel of judges or in­vestors in front of an au­di­ence, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

“The room at the Calvert Marine Mu­seum was packed and the com­pe­ti­tion was very solid,” Cade said in the re­lease. “I’ve been work­ing on this prod­uct for quite some time and have re­ceived a lot of sup­port and feed­back along the way. I was thrilled to be se­lected as the Crab Pot win­ner. It fur­ther val­i­dates my con­cept and demon­strates that peo­ple un­der­stand it and ap­pre­ci­ate the need for it.”

Cade was driving home from work in a snow­storm late one evening and no­ticed a po­lice of­fi­cer at­tempt­ing to con­trol traf-

fic in zero vis­i­bil­ity con­di­tions. He won­dered if there could be a safer way to con­duct traf­fic, and the RYG Light was con­ceived.

Fi­nal im­prove­ments are cur­rently be­ing made to the prod­uct prior to com­mence­ment of full-scale man­u­fac­tur­ing. Cade en­vi­sions ap­pli­ca­tions for the de­vice in emer­gency man­age­ment, public safety, con­struc­tion, school cross­walk ac­tiv­i­ties and gen­eral pedes­trian man­age­ment. He in­tends to fi­nal­ize de­sign el­e­ments and be­gin pro­duc­tion in Mary­land within a year. For more in­for­ma­tion on RYG Light, visit www.ryg­light. com.

The Crab Pot Pitch con­test is or­ga­nized and spon­sored by PaxS­pace Inc.

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