A team of high school students took a practical problem and turned it into an inspiring 3D printing business opportunity

Student entrepreneurs flex a funding win to grow 3D printing business


A team of high school students took a practical problem and turned it into an inspiring 3D printing business opportunity

Since the first patent for additive manufacturing (more commonly known as 3D printing) was filed in 1980, the industry has expanded rapidly. As with any new technology experiencing accelerated growth, unforeseen problems spur innovation.

In San Antonio, TX, an all-women team of Alamo Heights High School students realized one of the problems facing manufacturers of 3D printers was the procurement of raw materials available to make filament. After collaborative deliberation, the group founded FYDER Filament—a company poised to revolutionize sustainable materials sourcing in the 3D printing market.

We developed the idea for FYDER Filament while participating in INCubatoredu, a full-year entrepreneurship program offered at our school to empower young business leaders to identify an opportunity, develop solutions, and create an actual business. At the end of the course, each team competes for funding to grow their business.

Out of 36 submissions, five teams, including FYDER, were invited to compete in the national pitch competition hosted by Uncharted Learning. This year, the competition was held virtually, and two teams walked away with $10,000. One of the teams, was FYDER Filament.

Yes, we won! We were shocked, honored, and humbled. Now, the real work begins!

(Watch a recording of our pitch here, and our promo video here.)

FYDER: From landfill to filament

As environmentally conscious members of the community, we decided to tackle a problem close to home. Jamie, the CEO of FYDER Filament, works for her parents, who are in the oatmeal manufacturing business. Over the summer, she discovered her parents had a massive waste stream of super sacks.

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