Lois Crouse

The Transformation Factory: Sea Moss

Alexiou Gibson founded The Transformation Factory as a continuation of his own personal journey and as part of his mission to provide products, in this case sea moss, that promote physical and emotional health. Sea moss has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. It became of...

Project Pollo Vegan Chicken

I wonder if Chick-fil-A knows there is a target on its back. Luke Bradbury, founder and CEO of Project Pollo, is determined to shut it down by 2030. Luke opened his first Project Pollo, a food truck, in September 2020. He had spent his whole career working in executive positions...

The Players Trunk

While confined to their respective homes due to the coronavirus pandemic, a group of college team managers and former college athletes founded The Players Trunk, an online marketplace for athletes to sell their sports gear, merchandise and collectibles to an enthusiastic audience of college sports fans, from full-fledged collectors...

Driftline Boardshorts

It was a beautiful sunlit day on the beach in San Diego. Long-time friends, Wes Horbatuck and Greg Orfe, lived to play in the water. Wes’s favorite watersport was surfing, Greg’s kayaking. That’s why they were at the beach. Except it was one of those “change of seasons” days...

Stryx: Cosmetics and Skincare for Men

Devir Kahan went to his wedding with a pimple on his face. There was his beautiful, flawless bride and there was his pimple. The pimple grew throughout the day (in his mind) and was enshrined forever in hundreds of wedding photos. Later, he discovered that his friends run into the...

Springer: Dog Water Bottle

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink! That might be what your favorite canine companion is thinking on your excursions. Rivers, streams, lakes—Petri dishes of parasites, bacteria and chemicals. The ocean—sodium enough to sicken your pal, plus it dehydrates. Communal water bowls—thoughtful, perhaps, but filled with the...

Pulp Pantry Veggie Chips

There is always room for a new female superhero. Wonder Woman is off protecting the forests. Storm has her hands full commanding the weather. Mera, Queen of Atlantis, creates and controls all the water on this earth—and that’s a full-time job! So now we have the Food Waste Warrior,...

Kawaii Lighting: Ring Lights

Kawaii is a decades-long aesthetic that has spread throughout much of Japanese culture: fashion, beauty trends, merchandise, entertainment, personal appearance, even handwriting. It can be summed up as “cute.” Yes. Think Hello Kitty, Pokemon characters, little girl clothes on grown-up ladies. With Kawaii Lighting, Chloe Loop and Lan Bui,...

Hampton Adams Athletic Tape

When Seneca Hampton was growing up, his father was a football coach and, of course, he played football. Fortunately, his mother was a nurse and always there to patch him up. When he founded Hampton Adams, he created an e-commerce business that honored both parents and had a ready-made...

Handy Pan

Finally! A solution to draining a frying pan without having the oil go all over or the meat tumble out. No more clumsy colander, random lid, or any of the other ineffective and inconvenient utensils that so many of us use. Handy Pan is a high-quality frying pan with a...

Plunge: The Ultimate Wellness Ritual

After graduating from Penn State, Mike Garrett worked in finance, but he soon found that his passion lay in float therapy. He first built a float tank for himself, then opened Reboot Float & Cryo Spa in San Francisco. While biking through the Rocky Mountains, Mike got in the...

Cupbop: Korean BBQ in a Cup

Jung Song, originally from South Korea, was a marketing professional in the restaurant industry in Salt Lake City, Utah. At a food convention, he saw cuisines from cultures around the world—but not from Korea. He did not like that people were missing out on knowing how flavorful Korean food...

Cat Amazing: Interactive Toys & Feeders for Cats

Homer and Jethro liked to reminisce about the “good old days,” when they could wander freely, when they lived by their wits, each day an adventure, each meal a triumph. Now, they felt like two fat cats (literally—they’re cats), food served to them; always protected from willful weather and...

Lil ADVENTS: Potty Training Game

Mindy and Brandon Wright’s daughter, Ruby, apparently decided she wanted no part of the potty. They tried every technique in the books, but the more they tried, the more Ruby dug in her heels. If only they could find a fun way to toilet train her. One day, Brandon...

HairFin Haircut Guide

Tony Litwinowicz is an aerospace engineer who worked in research and development for helicopters, so it was a natural progression that he go on to invent . . . a hair cutting tool? Tony was an amateur barber before he was a professional engineer. His mother cut his hair...

LUCY Drawing Tool

Sometimes all you can do is pick yourself up, dust yourself off, shake the pea soup off your shoes and walk away with as much dignity as you can muster. That’s what Les Cookson did his first time on Shark Tank after an ill-fated, and sloppy, presentation of his...

Umaro Foods: Seaweed-Based Bacon

Seaweed has been a diet staple for humans for tens of thousands of years. Certainly in Japan, Korea and China, where it still is, so much so that demand far outstrips supply. In the Americas, cooked and partially eaten seaweed has been found in the hearths of the most...

FORT: Magnetic Pillow Fort

Conor Lewis was already a creative guy. He has a BFA degree in Graphic Design from Western Kentucky University and worked on video productions for Fortune 500 companies; planned economic development projects and community events; and produced, directed, and wrote Dirty Laundry, a documentary about cancer-causing asbestos. When COVID-19...

No Limbits: Adaptive Clothing

Erica Cole remembered the sirens, the flashing lights, and the frantic activity around her, when she woke up in the hospital. She did not remember the car crashing into hers, and she did not yet know her leg had been amputated. It was a long, difficult recovery, including getting...

Magic Dates Snack Bites

Diana Jarrar grew up in Syria where dates with their chewy texture and candy-like sweetness were simply a fact of everyday life. And had been just about forever. Dates had been cultivated in the Middle East and Northern Africa for 6,000 years and had grown wild for 50 million...

Young King Hair Care

Young King Hair Care is a line of natural, plant-based products that are made specifically for Black and Brown boys. From the ingredients to the scent to the packaging—it’s all geared to redefine male grooming and encourage boys with textured hair to celebrate their “crowns.” First time parents, Cora and...

Pawnix Noise-Canceling Headphones for Dogs

Kirsten Brand’s little dog Emma, like many dogs, is very to sensitive to loud noises. Fireworks, thunderstorms, sirens send her running for cover. Kirsten had tried various remedies to lessen Emma’s distress: playing with her or feeding her treats to distract her from the noise, putting a special shirt...

ootBox Moveable Workspaces

Everything was happening at once. Robbie Friedman was on the phone constantly arranging for the sale of his Viewabill software, as he moved from room to room and outside so he could hear. He and his wife has just welcomed their first daughter into their lives, and as joyous...

Prepdeck: Meal Prep Station

Many people love to cook. There aren’t many (any?) that “love” to clean up afterward. What if there were a way to keep all the ingredients, bowls and utensils organized while cooking? What if the mess could be contained to one 21” wide space rather than strewn around the...