Lois Crouse

EZ VIP Tickets

EZ VIP was a website that offered tickets to the hottest high-end venues in Miami and bottle service at the table of your choice with an EZ VIP representative to escort you to your table to avoid any possible glitches. Once you had that reservation locked in, no one...

Samson Martin Maternity Clothes

Kim Preis wanted to create a line of maternity clothes that are elegant and flattering. She also wanted them to have an element of fun, something that made them stand out from the crowd. Her Samson Martin line included items imprinted with the baby’s due date, month or season....

Aldo Orta Jewelry

Aldo Orta was an artist as far back as he could remember. After receiving a Fine Arts degree in his native Mexico City, he moved to Los Angeles and earned a second degree from the University of California. Aldo’s primary interest was environmental design, and living in LA gave...

Original Runner Company

Julie Goldman created her first fabric aisle runner for her own wedding. She didn’t like the paper or plastic ones that slip around and rip easily. She then put up a website offering quality custom fabric runners. By the time she was in the Tank, she had made 20,000...

Carsik Bib

Les Cookson’s two sons were prone to carsickness. After so many times cleaning up and fumigating the car, Les had to find another way. His Carsik Bib, essentially a “barf bag,” hung from a child’s neck to catch the vomit and had a padded bottom to absorb liquid and...

Hydromax Wearable Water Bottle

Chris Spencer thought up the basic idea for HydroMax when he was a kid playing football and out on the field thirsty. The HydroMax system provides easy access to water with its protective pouch, expandable water bladder, tubing and biting valves. The system mounts on any shoulder pads and...

Thin Gloss

April Morris hated being called “chubby.” She tried diet pills, but could not live with the side effects. Her “Aha!” moment came while she was applying lip gloss. Maybe an herb or a scent in lip gloss could help women lose weight. April did her research and discovered that...

Clip N Go by New Era Brands

Bob Kroupa created small containers filled with sugar-free mints or gum that clip onto backpacks, purses, overnight cases or anything that keeps them handy so that you can freshen your breath wherever you are. He had recently produced a Clip N Go case for contact lenses that was not...

Fitness Stride Resistance Bands

When Stacy Erwin was in college, he had trouble fitting his exercise regimen into his busy schedule. He needed a simple, inexpensive way to exercise every day. His solution was Fitness Stride: two straps that attach around each leg with resistance bands. The bands between the straps stretch as...

SENDaBALL

Successful businesses can begin in the most unexpected places. Like in line at a post office. Michele Kapustka had a ball she was going to mail to a friend. She had found out that the post office would mail just about anything. A man in line asked her about...

Pillars of Slippers

Nicole Jones loved shoes. It was only natural that she go into the shoe business. Her company, Pillars of Slippers, included a brick-and-mortar retail store, a website and, her favorite, home shoe parties (picture a more-fun, fancier, hipper Tupperware party). For a home party, Nicole would roll up in...

Lipstix Remix

Ladies, don’t you hate when you can’t get all the lipstick out of the tube? Lipstick is made that way; at least 1/3 of it is needed to anchor the lipstick in the tube. Jill Quillin didn’t like wasting all that money, so she founded her company Divine Innovations...

Captain Ice Cream

Tim Gavern grew up in the ice cream business. His grandmother and mother both owned ice cream parlors, but Tim took a different route. He went into publishing as an editor of a car magazine. As the publishing business declined, Tim decided to pivot—turning to the traditional family business,...

Caffeindicator

Michael Shiavone ordered a decaf coffee late one night, then couldn’t sleep. He knew the server had made a mistake and given him caffeinated. Surely others experienced the same thing, and he wondered if he could find a solution. Michael developed and patented the Caffeindicator, a litmus-like test for...

Wee Can Shop

Sister and brother, Kimberley and Matthew Foley, were the owners and creators of Wee Can Shop, a mini shopping mall where children could shop for gifts for their loved ones. The children push small shopping carts from store front to store front (e.g., shops with kitchen items, candles, accessories)...

The Factionist

Nate Berkopec was a New York University business student. His clothing line, The Factionist, was made up of environmentally friendly T-shirts made in Uganda and silk-screened with socially relevant messages, such as “1.75 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day. Buy fair-trade.” and “If you don’t, who...

The Twister Golf Ball Cleaner

Inventor and police officer Alfonzo Dowe was a long-time die-hard golfer and knew that golf balls need to be perfectly clean to perform well, plus clean golf balls last longer. Most players carry a damp towel with them to wipe off the balls. That’s not the most efficient or...

Hell’s Bells Helmets

Marix Stone was a sculptor who had been designing custom-made motorcycle helmets for years. He and his company’s CEO, Nancy Tanchel, had turned what was essentially a hobby into a full-fledged business, Hells Bells Helmets, that produces and sells patented, custom-designed, 3D-sculpted helmets that are certified by the Department...

Chef in Black

Dorene Humason spent more than 20 years in the food industry as a buyer and sales representative. She worked hard and put in long hours and finally decided to put all that time, effort and her background in the culinary arts into her own company, Chef in Black. Her...

Ink Flip Printer Ink Refills

There are many who can empathize with Andy Sperry when he ran out of printer ink in the middle of a big job. While the rest of us grumble and head out to the office supply store, Andy had his “Aha!” moment. He founded Ink Flip that saves customers...

The Uro Club

Dr. Floyd Seskin was a urologist in Florida. Many of his patients were men, and many of those men were golfers. He often heard about a particular predicament on the golf course: There was no place to pee. One man solved the problem by slicing his ball into the...

The Bobble Place – Custom Made Bobbleheads

Jeff Wolsky always loved bobbleheads—those dolls whose heads keep bobbing up and down. And he always wanted a bobblehead of himself. He had to start his own business, The Bobble Place, to get his custom-made bobblehead. On the website, customers send in photos of themselves, family members or friends,...

Mr. Poncho Earbuds Holder

Sandy Hyun and Roman Pietrs, jewelry designer and graphic artist respectively, invented Mr. Poncho as a solution to a common problem. Three hundred million people own an MP3 player and two hundred million own a smart phone. That adds up to 500 million tangled headphone cords. Mr. Poncho is...

Jump Forward College Sports Recruiting

Adam McCombs created Jump Forward, and Brian Duggan is the company’s strategic advisor. The two are heavily credentialed, Adam in software development and Internet technology, Brian in accounting and investment banking. JumpForward is used by high school athletes to get on the radar of college recruiters. Many great athletes...