January 22, 2017
What they do:
Mobile video arcades. Targeting block parties and outdoor events.
Brothers Stuart and David Pikoff wanted to jump off the corporate merry go round. It was always their dream to build a business together. Their goal: do something fun, innovative, exciting, and geared to kids.
About the business:
Games 2U trucks serve block parties and outdoor events. Each comes with a trained game coach and enough screens and consoles to accommodate 12 to 24 gamers simultaneously. Within 2 years, the Pikoff's signed up 38 franchisees in 16 states. Recent projected revenue -- $15 to $20 million.
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