Trendsetters: Young Entrepreneurs
Imagine Using a Helicopter to Commute
Ray Leavitt envisions a future in which helicopters and vertical takeoff planes, routed by his software platform, shuttle commuters for a pricey fare around south Florida and other congested metros. The 25-year-old’s dream isn’t that far-fetched. The model for his EvoLux Transportation is based on research Georgia Tech conducted for the Atlanta Olympic games on an aerial transport system, which Leavitt is evolving with newer technology for commuter use.
Founder, Boca Raton? [Photo: Scott Wiseman]
Leavitt’s so hungry to be an entrepreneur that in 2007 he waited twice in a grip-and-grin line to see Virgin founder Richard Branson. He wanted to double his couple of minutes to pitch Branson. Leavitt posted the picture of Branson and him on his company’s website. For now, Leavitt works from an office he leases at the EDC-run incubator at the FAU research park. Bigger things are coming, he says. “I can see it. I can taste it.”