Quick Cup Founder Named Alaska Entrepreneur of the Year
Start-Up Owner Keith McCormick recognized by Anchorage Chamber of Commerce for Innovative Tech
"I am honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award," said McCormick. "There are so many great entrepreneurs in Alaska. One day soon I think the rest of America will see that us Alaskans are native innovators. We deal with harsh conditions and are constantly creating solutions that are as tough as we are. I hope to inspire others to take their innovations to market. Just because Alaska is considered by many to be 'behind the times' doesn't mean that we are. You can create a tech solution, or any product here, and spread it to the rest of America. They will be able to gain value from what we have created."
Quick Cup is focused on a single mission: to get coffee-cravers to their favorite cup of java in the shortest time possible. The company leverages a patent pending algorithm for estimated wait time/quickest option. This eliminates the No. 1 problem that other coffee mobile app users encounter: arriving too late and finding a cold cupof joe or getting there too soon and having to wait for their order to be completed.
Quick Cup's parent company, Quick Bites, produces private labelled mobile apps for restaurants, leveraging similar patent-pending technology, to connect hungry dinners with their meals sooner.
According to the Chamber, entrepreneurs are motivated individuals who identify a need and seek to fill it. They are among Alaska's next generation of legacy builders. They are innovative, passionate, ambitious, and visionaries. Most importantly, recipients have demonstrated a growing impact with their business in their industry and/or community.
Scale and size are taken into account, as well as the quality of the nominations during the selection process.
In a letter of recognition to McCormick, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said, "Your novel idea, Quick Cup, meets this definition and sets you apart as a true entrepreneur and pioneer in technology."
McCormick is an honorably discharged U.S. Marine with more than five years of experience in overseas assignments. His passion for Quick Cup comes from having a lifelong passion for innovation, complemented by his international travels where he came up with the idea of Quick Cup.
McCormick currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska.
Jennifer Foster, Catalyst Media Factory