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SportFans' DeLIGHTful Idea

SportFans’ DeLIGHTful Idea


This glowing windsock turns heads.

STARTUP // Nemo Ventures

SportFans is the first product from Nemo Ventures, a subsidiary of local marketing company C3.

It’s a type of windsock that attaches to your vehicle. As soon as the car hits 10 to 15 mph, the wind powers a tiny generator, which turns on a light inside the windsock.

And that makes the windsock glow. “We get a lot of head turns driving down the street with them,” said Bob Cutler, founder of C3 and Nemo Ventures.


Paul Skelton, director of product development, was building a wind-powered USB charger for cellphones when he got the idea for SportFans. He put together a prototype using $3 flashlight parts from Micro Center.


Nemo sells to individual consumers. But it’s also pursuing restaurants as clients. (Not too surprising, considering C3 produces kids’ toys for Sonic, Chick-Fil-A and other major companies.)

As an eatery’s delivery staff drives down the street, their cars could be illuminated with a branded SportFan.


SportFans are sold in a few local stores, such as the Made In KC shop at the Corinth Square shopping center and the Hy-Vee at 76th and State Line Road. You can also buy online at www.getsportfans.com.

James Hart

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James Hart is a freelance writer based in Kansas City.

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