By Brady McBride
Stop Gap originator, Brent Jackson, knows the birth of an idea can come in many forms, the most uncommon being an abrupt accident.
When a two-year contract created an obstacle in repairing his wife's broken iPhone 4 screen in 2012, Jackson sought a more cost-efficient and effective way of repairing the device by fixing it himself. After a four-hour operation, Jackson was able to get the phone back into working condition.
Jackson turned his negative experience into a small business called Stop Gap. Stop Gap's purpose is to fix broken Apple products, such as iPhones and iPads, which could extend the life of the device.
In August 2015, Jackson entered Stop Gap in the Kentucky Innovation Network's Angel Investing Competition and won the first-place prize of $1,000. Jackson invested the winnings toward a computer, advertising and office space in London, Kentucky.
Jackson says his mission is to fix the electronics that often hold so much importance in people's lives.
“No matter what happens to your [device] we want to get you up and running again,” Jackson said.
Jackson says he would like to set up locations near college campuses and offer internships for students to further Stop Gap's growth while providing work experience to our region's future.