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Copper Cow Coffee: Vietnamese Pour Over Coffee

The pour over method of brewing coffee is an intricate process that extracts a more vibrant flavor from the grounds. When that process is used with the Vietnamese coffee from Copper Cow Coffee, you have a hearty yet silky brew. The blend of 70% Robusta and 30% Arabica beans...

Super Potty Trainer

Judy Abrahams was not making any progress toilet training her young daughter, Hayat. The problem was that Hayat was terrified of the toilet. Maybe that’s understandable. The toilet might look like the Grand Canyon to a toddler. And then there’s the loud flushing sound and the swirling water rushing...

Lit Handlers Koozies

Destiny Robison Padgett’s Lit Handlers come in a variety of sizes, colors and designs, as well as shapes that will fit your favorite beverage from water to champagne and every kind of container from the ordinary can to a half-gallon jug and a half-gallon of ice cream. Cold beverages...

Fling Golf

FlingGolf is a sport that combines golf and lacrosse. It’s played on a regular golf course with a FlingStick thrower, a lacrosse stick reimagined to hurl a golf ball farther and with more accuracy. The basic game can be learned in a matter of minutes and yet presents a...

Pluto Pillow: Personalized Pillows

Consumers today are shifting from being the traditionally passive recipients of merchandise to being a part of the process. Personalize a bottle of Coke, if you like. Build a bear, design your own Oreo cookies, co-create your Nikes or construct a car and have something that is unique to...

The Original Stretchlace Elastic Shoelaces

It may be that the last time you got excited over shoelaces was when you first learned to tie them yourself and had to demonstrate to everyone. If so, prepare to get excited again over Jamie Montz’s The Original Stretchlace, the only elastic stretch shoelace that looks like a...

GRIND Basketball Shooting Machine

Thomas Fields was on his way to the NBA. He started playing basketball in the 2nd grade. In the 8th grade, he practiced with the high school varsity team. As a freshman, he not only made the varsity but was the starting shooting guard. He received a lot of...

Creation Nation: Protein Bar & Energy Bite Mixes

Karen Nation has been creating healthy recipes since she was very young. She spent some her growing-up years in foster homes, and there were families who could not afford to provide the most wholesome foods or accommodate her food allergies. She found that protein bars were bland, high in...

SneakERASERS Shoe Cleaner

Imagine this: You have an important business meeting. You have the perfect outfit: dark jeans, crisp button-up shirt, and the Nike sneakers that will put the exclamation point on your fashion statement. (You are in the film industry and the suit-tie-wingtips uniform does not work—ever.) Panic sets in—the pristine...

The Scrubbie: Faucet Sponge Attachment

The “Side Hustle Homies” want to follow in the rich tradition of Wichita, Kansas, entrepreneurs. Wichita has proven to be a fertile environment for successful innovation and here-to-stay companies. Cessna, Koch Industries, Learjet, Lawn Buddy, Pizza Hut‚ Taco Tico and White Castle are among the companies that got their...

The Bumbling Bee Vegan Junk Food & Burger Bar

Cassandra Ayala had been a real estate agent for 25 years when the market crashed. She saw it as an opportunity to reinvent herself. She wanted to go into business with her three daughters, and the four put their heads together to decide just what business. Olivia and Alexandria...

Truffle Shuffle

Chefs Jason McKinney and Tyler Vorce and Jason’s wife, Sarah, became passionate about truffles while working at The French Laundry in the heart of Napa Valley, deemed the best restaurant in the world by many. They marveled at how a dish made with truffles and a few simple ingredients...

Suds2Go Portable Hand Washing Bottle

Cindy and Gabe Trevizo and their four children are an outdoor family. There is soccer and baseball, picnics and weekend camping, monkey bars and sand castles. Too often there isn’t a suitable place to clean the dirt and germs off of all those little hands—and the big hands also....

Salad Sling Drying Towel

Many inventions are born of frustration. There are the people who will take the frustration for granted, and there are the people who will decide to do something about it. Jill Visit is the latter. Jill loves making salads for her family, but was annoyed by needing to get...

The Cheese Chopper

Finally! No more high-priced, low-quality packaged sliced or grated processed cheeses infused with harmful chemicals, preservatives, and anti-clumping agents. Now you can buy a two-pound block of cheese and save money, avoid eating unnecessary additives, and enjoy freshly cut, creamier cheese. The Cheese Chopper's patented ergonomic design allows you...

FurZapper Laundry Pet Hair Remover

Michael Sweigart is a work-from-home dad and launderer-in-chief. He does laundry every day for the family of eight—Mom, Dad, three kids, two dogs and a cat—and was constantly frustrated by the pet hair that gets embedded in the fibers of clothing and bedding. He couldn’t understand why, after all...

DynoSafe Delivery Lockbox

The corona virus pandemic has intensified the already growing trend toward online shopping, and there are no signs that it will slow down once we are “COVID clear.” We will continue to take advantage of the convenient and time-saving way to shop. Which means we will continue to have...

Numilk Dairy-Free Milk

Almond milk is delicious, nutritious, low in calories and sugar and high in calcium, vitamin E and vitamin D. Enough reason right there that almond milk is increasingly popular. But for those who are lactose intolerant, allergic to cow’s milk, suffering from kidney disease, it is an absolute must,...

Mad Rabbit: Aftercare for Tattoos

Oliver Zak and Selom Agbitor met at Miami University in Ohio. They came from very different worlds—Oliver grew up in Ohio, Selom in Ghana—but they had a lot in common. They were both working toward a degree in Finance, and both, from childhood, dreamed of owning his own business....

Hairy Grabster Shower Hair Trap

We lose 50-100 strands of hair every day. Long or thick hair loses more. Short or thin hair loses fewer. It’s all part of the “circle of life” of a hair. We don’t even miss them, because 100 strands are nothing compared to the average 100,000 we have on...

Chill Systems Beverage Cooler

Chase Mitchell and Brian Bloch never missed an episode of Shark Tank. The college friends were aspiring entrepreneurs and bounced around countless startup ideas while cheering on the lucky people who appeared on the show. But their “eureka” moment happened at a bluegrass festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate...

Misfit Foods: Meats With Added Veggies

Misfit Foods are for “flexitarians” (aka semi-vegetarians). Not that flexitarians are misfits. The name of the company is carried over from when it produced juices from “misfit” fruit and vegetables—the ones not pretty enough to go to the supermarket or produce stand. The mission of the company at that...

Tandem Boogie: Body Board for Two

John and Manya Clark created the Tandem Boogie so that others could have the fun and “moments to remember” that they and their three daughters have had playing in the surf on their surfboards, paddle boards and bodyboards. The innovative Tandem Boogie is designed so that anyone, with any...

Pinch Me Therapy Dough

Nancy Rothner, a clinical and medical hypnotherapist, has used her life to help people deal with stress and anxiety. Her clients have included those dealing with traumas, phobias and addictions, as well as people needing help to manage pain without drugs or lose weight—all situations that cause or result...