SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur: The Firebiner by Outdoor Element

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Michael Mojica and Joe Brown are outdoor enthusiasts, dedicated to their families, and SOLIDWORKS customers.   So when they created a new company, Outdoor Element, Mike applied for the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur program.  The result is their innovative product, The Firebiner.  The Firebiner provides the “spark” when you need it most.

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When someone asks me, ” What do I love about SOLIDWORKS?”,  my response is our “SOLIDWORKS Community”  – students, educators, users, SOLIDWORKS user group leaders SWUGN, partners, vars, customers – everything, the synergy between helping out a fellow designer with one thing in common, “SOLIDWORKS”.

During my SWUGN visit to Albuquerque, I was introduced to Mike by SWUGN user group leader, William Radigan.  I quickly saw how Mike was supported by his engineering colleagues where he uses SOLIDWORKS during the day and was dreaming of going off on his own.  William learned about the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur program from Richard Doyle during a past visit to NM.  I got to talk with Mike and he applied!

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The company was founded in 2013 by Mike when he designed The Kodiak, a fire-starting true survival paracord bracelet, and launched it on Kickstarter.

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In 2015, Mike decided to get a little more serious about the company and brought on Joe as a partner.  Since then we have been developing several products.  Mike and Joe are ready for this next adventure and launched the Firebiner on Kickstarter this week.


Thank you Mike and Joe for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community and being part of the SOLIDWORKS Enterpreneur program – we wish you the best.  Thank you William, Richard and the SWUGN network for the connections.  Marie






Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard