News + Updates
VArA wins $20,000 Veteran Affairs AWARD!
Vara won a grant from the VA's Gun Safety Matters Challenge, which was an initiative to find solutions addressing veteran suicide. We are extremely honored to be selected for this challenge and will be working hard on developing our proposed solution which ties in with our Reach product. Thank you to all the veterans who have given and sacrificed so much for our freedom.
Share love to your veteran family and friends. Risk for suicide is 22% higher when compared to U.S. non-veteran adults.
Veterans who are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, and those who know a Veteran in crisis, can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call 800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255.
VArA GETS PATENT APPROVED IN 3 MONTHS!
This is completely unbelievable- but Vara has gotten our patent approved in under 3 months!!! This is a process that usually takes years to get approved, but we have had all our claims approved by the USPTO examiner on first try! Most importantly, we got our broad first claim which gives us excellent protection on our intellectual property.
Thank you to our IP lawyers who worked extremely fast on getting our prepared and submmited.
VARA WINS $50,000 MANUFACTURING GRANT!
Vara has recently won the 2018 Fuzehub Manufacturing Grant from the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund. Partnering with the Center For Economic Growth (CEG), Vara will be using the grant to develop their Design-For-Manufacturing (DFM) in their Upstate NY manufacturing facility.
We have experts bringing their manufacturing experience from Boeing, Benet Laboratories, Remington, Smith&Wesson, etc to ensure we can create a premier quality product that is rigorously tested for reliability.
VARA WINS $15,000 GRANT from NY WDI
Vara has received a grant from the NY Workforce Development Institute for obtaining a high-precision machinery to start the creation of their initial test units here in the United States. With the addition of this machine, Vara is expecting to hire more workers and increase the strength of our team.
We are enthralled to have the support of New York State. There are many firearm owners here in Upstate and being able to start our manufacturing process locally gives us the opportunity to invite nearby supporters to see the process.
The $100,000 Win that got us here.
In 2016, Timmy won first place in the New York State Business Plan Competition out of 2200 NY teams. With a rare unanimous decision selecting Vara as the winner, the $100,000 prize allowed Timmy to jump-start the project from just a small idea to a full startup.
Since then, Timmy has expanded the Vara team to include an amazing engineer with experience in product development + manufacturing and an over-qualified business executive with background in finance + operations.
We are looking for more passionate people to join our team! If you are interested, please drop us a note in the contact form.