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Behave Bras

“If you want something done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself.” Athena Kasvikis waited a long time for a lingerie company to design a bra for her and the 50+ million other women, in the US alone, who need DD to I cups but 30-38 bands. Athena found...

Pinoleblue Blue Corn Superfoods

Pinole is an ancient superfood created by the Aztecs to fuel their warriors. It was made from roasted ground white or yellow corn that is both filling and nutritious. It is still a staple in the larders of many Mexican Indian tribes, but is most associated with the Tarahumara...

Junobie Reusable Breast Milk Bags

Nikeytha (“Nickey”) Ramsey was a traveling speech pathologist returning to work after the birth of her second child. As she grappled with leaky plastic bags, clunky bottles, or heavy glass jars, she thought, “There has to be a better way!” And she found it. She invented Junobie Reusable Breast...

Range Beauty

Range Beauty is a makeup line that was created out of a need for more diverse shades and fewer toxic ingredients. It is an affordable solution to the gap in the cosmetic industry that excludes women of color, particularly those with acne- or eczema-prone skin. Range Beauty brings clean...

Kettle Gryp Dumbell Holder

The Kettle Gryp turns ordinary dumbbells into kettlebells. Kettlebells are round and made of cast iron or steel with a flat base and a handle. (Think teapot without a spout.) They can be swung, thrown, pressed or used in dozens of other ways. The exercises are a highly...

Calm Strips Reduce Stress

In the beginning of 2020, Michael Malkin was living his dream—working for Apple. He managed an Apple store in Newport News, VA, and before COVID, the store was wall-to-wall people on the weekends. Great for business, not great for Michael’s social anxiety. He had coping mechanisms, none of which...

The Blowzee: Blows Out Birthday Candles

A server blows on your Buffalo Wings before setting the plate in front of you. A barista blows on your Pistachio Crème Steamer. A buffet attendant whistles while he works. We are appalled, at least. More likely, grossed out. And that was even before COVID-19. Yet, we stand around...

HiccAway Cure for Hiccups

Dr. Ali Seifi, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Neurological ICU at the University of Texas, saw many patients suffering from neurological injuries have the added misery of hiccups as they recovered. There were times a patient was more tormented by the hiccups than by the recovery...

Tristen Ikaika Fork & Spoon Jewelry

Tristen Ikaika (né Tristen Amal Ikaikamaikai'ikaneokalani Persons) was fascinated with a family friend’s rings made from spoons. He was only 12 years old when his father showed him how to make the rings and set up a workshop in the garage for him. For seven years, he made the...

The SMART Tire Company

Earl Cole and Brian Yennie are not reinventing the wheel. Rather, they are reimagining the tire. The founders of the SMART (Shape Memory Alloy Radial Technology) Tire Company won the rights to commercialize the Shape Memory Alloy (SHA) technology that NASA has been developing for its Moon and Mars...

Candi Video Chat with Celebrities

Celebrities today make sure to keep in close touch with their fans. Social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, allow them to keep their fans updated on what they are doing, where they are going, who they are dating, even what they are eating, as well as to post...

Banana Loca: Banana Corer and Filler

Renee Heath and Bechara Jaoudeh are good friends who have a common interest in gadgets. They enjoy going to invention trade shows to find what is new, unusual and clever. One day, the subject of bananas came up—as it will. Renee thought of her nieces and nephews and how...

MAXPRO Fitness

What if you could take all your exercise equipment with you when you travel? Or maybe you’d like to get in a serious workout while outside in the fresh air, in a park or on the beach. How about having the equipment at the office for when long work...

Wendy’s Gnome Shop

Santa’s elves get all the publicity, but gnomes are busy at Christmas time also. The gnomes in the L. Frank Baum story, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, make the bells worn by the reindeer that jingle during the Christmas Eve flight around the world. (Baum wrote The...

Santa’s Enchanted Mailbox

We take a leap of faith each year when we mail off our letters to Santa Claus. That’s a long way for our little envelopes to travel. Mail gets lost. Stamps fall off. Addresses become illegible. If only there were an express mail route to the North Pole, ....

The Real Elf

Tommy Holl is the self-appointed Head of Public Relations for the North Pole's Midwest Division of Holiday Cheer. That’s a mouthful, so you can simply call him “The Real Elf” as he travels around the Chicago region spreading the Christmas spirit, doing “Random Acts of Christmas,” and making sure...

Sheets Laundry Club

Chris Videau and his wife Laurian had seen our precious planet abused all over the world. Combined, they had 27 years in the military and traveled to 20 countries and saw first-hand the vast amount of plastic polluting both land and sea. Chris had the advantage of a “bird’s...

Pink Picasso Paint by Numbers Kits

Ashley and Brittany Silfies were settling in to a new marriage and a blended family. Brittany, with a degree in biology from the University of Alabama, worked in a lab testing blood plasma for HIV and Hep A, B and C. Ashley, with a degree in Nutrition Food Science...

Love & Pebble Skin Care

Love & Pebble Skin Care Lynda Truong and Paul Tran named their skin care company after what they value most in their personal and professional relationships, love and loyalty. “Pebble” refers to the custom of the male penguin offering his chosen female the most beautiful, the smoothest pebble he could...

Deux: Good-for-You Cookie Dough

Sabeena Ladha founded Deux (pronounced “dough”), a line of vegan, plant-based, gluten-free cookie doughs. The dough is made with the highest quality ingredients, without preservatives and fillers, and are suitable for a variety of diet regimens. The dough differs from other similar products in that (1) it’s deliciously sweet—no...

Hello Prenup: Online Prenuptial Agreement Service

HelloPrenup is the first online platform that engaged couples use to create a prenuptial agreement, an official record of each person’s rights and responsibilities regarding premarital and marital assets and debts in the event of divorce or death. Who Is Using HelloPrenup? There was a time when prenups were typically used...

SPERGO Apparel

Trey Brown was only 12 years old when he saw on the news that a 14-year-old was arrested for murdering a 13-year-old. He lived right outside of Philadelphia and was already aware of the high crime rate for teenagers. But with that murder, he vowed that he wasn’t going...

Wedfuly Livestream Weddings

COVID-19 forced us into learning a new way of being. Many of us had to work and attend meetings from home. We sat in virtual classrooms and had virtual doctor’s visits. We shopped for groceries online and had them delivered to our doors. We discovered that we could also...

Wad-free Bed Sheet Laundry Detangler

Cyndi Bray was really excited with her new washer and dryer. With their excellent Energy Star ratings, she was looking forward to saving time, money and energy. Imagine her frustration when she ended up wasting time, money and energy when laundering sheets. They came out as one form of...