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Groups Wrap-Up at CR Start Up

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) --Zach Sanderson and his group are working on an app that would digitize baseball cards.

"I'm coming from kind of an idealist perspective where I like baseball, I like, cards, I like photography," Sanderson said. "But where's the money in that necessarily."

That's what he and the rest of the entrepreneurs, who have been working away for most of the weekend, are trying to figure out.

It started with pitches Friday night, then voting to pick the best handful of ideas to work on.

"Honestly, by the time pitching and voting was over, I didn't think it was going to happen," Sanderson said. "And about five minutes later, four guys are on my team saying, "Hey, why aren't we doing this? Let's do it.""

That's the key, people, and the skills they bring with them.

Andy Sulhoff's idea was an app that helps users pick out gifts.

"The community is a good size where we have really talented people," Sulhoff said. "There are developers and designers in this community."

"People will tell you about six-degrees of separation," David Tominsky, a Start Up Weekend organizer said. "I tell people in Cedar Rapids, it's one degree. You are one person removed from what you need."

As for Sanderson's group, they've been talking to Minor League Baseball and have interest from minor league teams in the area.

Mendel Kurland says entrepreneurs solve problem. In Sanderson's case, if a minor league team has trouble promoting it's own players.

"The solution is that here's a great start-up that can help them put a mobile app out there that will help them market their team," Kurland said.

All thanks to a weekend of work on an idea out of left field.

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