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Masks for Fanatics

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HICKORY – Alex Freeman is the chief marketing officer for Fanaticmasks. The masks are made like the ones you would see worn in Lucha Libre competition, with the company’s own flair added in.

According to Freeman, the masks are made for fans of sports and bands, among other brands.

He joined the company five years ago when he was a senior at Chapel Hill High School, and now he handles his marketing duties while attending Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Freeman's entrepreneurship professor, Ralph Griffith, commented,“Well it’s kind of Godsent in some regards. Usually we’re focused, in our incubator, on startups and getting ideas from, what we say, “The napkin to first dollar.” He kind of already had his napkin, he already had his first dollar. So, we’re kind of working on business model changes here and there, but he’s kind of a self-sustaining entity without us.”

The masks are the brain child of CEO Chip Hoppin, who just wanted a way to help sports fans get on TV.

“His idea was,” said Freeman. “I go to so many UNC games as far as Dean Dome, Keenan Stadium and every single stadium has big screen. Every fan wants to get on the Jumbotron. Where one of our catch phrases, “The original Jumbotron magnet," came from.”

Now, Freeman looks to generate more funding for this North Carolina-based company. He will soon compete in the Charlotte Venture Challenge against 39 other companies. If Freeman wins, he will take home additional funding for Fanaticmasks.

“We need our second round of seed funding to get these out the door,” Freeman said. “As far as getting another shipment of inventory in, producing new masks, any kind of R&D we need to do to alter the mask to appeal to more people.”

The competition takes place May 1 on the campus of UNC-Charlotte.

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