At Gäshawk we recognize that the journey matters more than the destination. We create solutions with the aim to reduce negative impacts on the environment and the economy.
We are an innovation driven startup that is focused on the RV and transportation industries. Our passion is the outdoors; our calling is creating solutions to problems.
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The McCloskey New Venture Competition was a whirlwind of activity! We did not make it to the semifinal round but we were asked to pitch to an esteemed panel of local judges for a Pitch Workshop. At this workshop we got to pitch with one of the teams that made it to the finals, what a great learning experience! Of course we did not found this startup to get practice on pitching ideas, we truly want to help solve real problems that people experience. During the last week of the competition we were able to showcase our proof of concept for our first solution to issues encountered by RV enthusiasts, fleet owners and truck drivers. Overwatch is an overhead collision warning system that incorporates a novel take on an age old problem. During the following months we will work with our local partners at Startup South Bend - Elkhart to further refine our proof of concept into a consistent deliverable in order to bring this solution to market. We can use all the market validation we can get so we would love to hear from you if you support this solution!
Once again we have made it to Round 2 of the McCloskey New Venture Competition at the University of Notre Dame. This very competitive business plan competition is right in our backyard and has an immense amount of resources that will help us refine our business model even further. We have decided to focus our efforts this year on one of our technology innovations as a stand alone product for aftermarket RV consumers, OEM installation and fleet consumers. We do not wish to unduly influence those taking our survey so we will have to share more about this product in the coming months! It goes without saying that we are extremely excited about the opportunity to develop this new technology with students from one of the best schools in the nation!
Press Release 9/4/2018
South Bend, Ind. – Sept. 4th, 2018 – As the Labor Day weekend draws to an end a team of entrepreneurs are working to usher in a new era for recreation vehicles. A group of three hockey players from South Bend, Indiana have launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for their concept motorhome. “We are passionate about the outdoors and helping all generations to enjoy their leisure time with minimal effort. It is an added benefit that we can do this while helping improve the environmental impact of RVs,” said Jason Matthews, CEO and Founder of Gäshawk Inc.
Gäshawk is not the first concept RV to include technology or sustainability, but it is the first concept RV to tackle this challenge with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as the fuel source. “Much of the focus in sustainability in RV manufacture to date is on small trailers that can be pulled by small, more fuel-efficient hybrids,” says Jason, “Or campers that integrate solar panel arrays into existing models with limited positive impact on the environment. We have developed a concept that uses CNG to reduce carbon dioxide emission by 90% over gasoline or diesel so that it pollutes much less than comparable options on the market today.”
Jason points out that while sustainability is the core of their ethos it is not their only passion. “Our name, Gäshawk, is derived from the Northern Goshawk, a beautiful raptor that enjoys the freedom of taking flight at a moments notice.” Their concept aims to achieve similar freedoms for their users by leveraging the internet of things. Jason explains that smart phones and voice assistants have just started to scratch the surface of possibilities. “Imagine a motorhome that you can get a status update on your smartphone while at the office,” says Jason, “Your app would tell you if your water tank has been topped off, your fuel range, what your food stores looked like, and whether or not your waste tank had been cleaned out, just to name a few!”
The Gäshawk team is excited for what the future brings. They have done research over the past year and have found that 72% of campers in 2017 were Generation X or Millennial campers. “These generations value experiences and manufacturers that believe in the same values they have,” explains Jason. “We know they are looking for a company like ours and hope our IndieGoGo campaign will give us the market validation we need to move on to building our prototype.” You can follow their progress by searching @gashawkrv on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn. People who wish to look over their campaign can visit https://igg.me/at/gashawkrv