Brandi Barrett was one of the twelve CYstarters 2017 summer cohorts. Each team has the opportunity to focus on their startup or business idea while receiving $6,000 or up to $12,000, along with mentorship, accountability, and educational sessions on how to build a business.
Raised on a corn and soybean farm in Kenton, Ohio, Brandi Barrett was destined to become an agricultural entrepreneur. At age 10, Brandi was part of the talented and gifted program at her school where she was tasked with designing a product for a class assignment.
Her first idea? To create wind-shield wipers for glasses to keep rain away. Considering what materials were readily available, she instead landed on using plexiglass to create a visor with the help from her father. Although Brandi admits it looked a bit obnoxious, her solution was never the less intuitive and resourceful.
Read the story by Brooke Geils and Diana Wright, ISU Papajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.