BUSINESS BUILD OUT
Start Up: ______
Use of Funds
Projected Annual Budget
Income: Steiner Schools, Clothing producers
Expenses: rent, utilities, cleaning and carding machine.
Skills & Experience Needed
Large Scale Manufacturing
Made in Berkshires
Better price on raw wool sales
Problem Worth Solving
The Berkshires are much like the British and Irish countryside: rolling hills perfect for grazing sheep. Much of sheep in the Berkshires are reared for meat, but the landscape presents an opportunity for both meat and wool production. In order for wool production to be sustainable, however, there needs to be a wool-processing facility and textile mill, so that raw materials can have value added. To sell wool on the global market is not profitable, but a local cooperative could set a price that is sustainable.
The solution is to populate the hills with sheep for wool production and develop a cooperative that pools wool to meet an appropriate scale for the Berkshires. Wool can be used for felting and be spun for local clothing production.
Market Opportunity - Who are your target customers and how will you reach them? How will you distribute your product or service? How does your idea meet an opportunity for import replacement?
The Berkshires have embraced the Rudolf Steiner educational approach; part of the curriculum is sensory engagement through carded wool. Cleaned, raw wool can be carded and felted on site at schools.
The competition is:
Carded wool from Australia and New Zealand.
Idea Pitch - What are you selling? Why is it important?
There are unused pastures in the Berkshires that present an opportunity for local textile production. The lack of processing facility and high cost of production and low return on sales has prevented a textile industry to develop in the Berkshires. With a proper processing facility, it could drive supply and demand for local wool.