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Disinfect + Deliver System

Chip-enabled and vacuum-powered system to wash, dispense, charge, track, and deliver Starbucks drink orders to people.

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Idea Title

Starbucks Wash and Go!

Idea Summary

An automated system to collect, disinfect, dispense, charge, track, and deliver customer drink orders.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

EJ Innovate LLC

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

Utilizing a vacuum system much like you see at a drive up bank, we plan to create a reusable cup cleaning and delivery system for drive-up and in store deliver to encourage reuse of tbd Starbucks "Approved" cups. These cups will have a chip that stores information about the owner of the cup as well as the current order and cost. Basically a customer will place the cup into the system, the system will determine based on the chip whether or not the cup is "legal" then it will zip the cup through the system to be disinfected, the drink will be dispensed, auto-charged, then delivered to the customer. The system itself will be extremely efficient and fast and fun in that noises and visuals will be created to make it an enjoyable experience. Of course the Starbucks discount will be applied as well!

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Reusable System
  • Alternative Delivery System

How is your concept recoverable?

This system makes reuse more attractive and fun thus reducing the need for a disposable cup.

How have you incorporated additional sustainability attributes (beyond recoverability) into your solution?

Solution should leverage alternative energy sources where possible as well as be self-sustaining. One idea is to make the outside input bay solar-powered with a battery bank and to make the disinfecting system as water free as possible. For example, the use of UV light to clean the cup should be an effective disinfection method once the cup has been rinsed. In addition, this system can be automated reducing the space and maintenance requirements for buildings.

What regions do you plan to address with your solution (and how will you accomplish this)?

Regions to start with would be urban areas where space is limited and landfills are swelling but we have not specifically targeted a region as yet.

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Users who like to recycle/reuse as well as maintain Starbucks cards

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

What are the biggest challenges you are facing today? What are existing gaps in your solution?

We are a company of 2 with limited resources. We have consulted with local inventors who believe much of the technology exists already to begin creating this system but we do not have the resources to even prototype the system.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Business Model Development
  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Product / Industrial Design and Prototyping
  • Branding / Marketing and Storytelling
  • Growth and Scaling
  • Legal
  • Fundraising / Finance

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

We are inventors and product developers. Teri Ernst and Janna Jacobson

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)


Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

Honestly we cannot even get to Step 1 without support. We believe this is an awesome idea but it is very big in scope!

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Closed Loop Partners website / social media


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Photo of Daniel Grosso

Hi Janna Jacobson , you're making dishwashing easier and I love it, great contribution! So the cafes would no longer need to do their own dishes? I think this would be a very appealing concept to a lot of cafes and being a great step in facilitating reusables. Can't wait to see how this concept develops further!

Photo of Janna Jacobson

Thank you Daniel! For sure the system will take care of the reusable cups so shops can focus on other things. I know that one of the hindrances for me in always brining and using my reusable cup is the fact that it is often not very clean. :/ Thanks for your feedback!

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