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Tabby: The Cat Person’s Dating App

There was a time when people did not admit to meeting someone online. Today 44 million+ people use the more than 1500 dating apps that range from “y’all come” to a select segment of the population. For instance, there are apps for Trekkies, clowns and those who love them,...

THEMAGIC5 Swim Goggles

THEMAGIC5 has reinvented swimming goggles. And it was about time! The first swim goggles were motorcycle goggles repurposed. Back in 1926, when Gertrude Ederle made her historic swim across the English Channel, she wore motorcycle goggles sealed with paraffin wax to keep the salt water out of her eyes....

SoaPen Hand Washing Soap for Kids

SoaPen is a colorful soap-filled pen that makes it fun for young children to wash their hands. They can draw all over their hands and, as they remove their “artwork” with water, they are washing their hands for the CDC-recommended 20-40 seconds. SoaPen is ideal for sensitive skin and...

IncrEdible Spoons by IncrEdible Eats

IncrEdible Eats is on a mission to replace all plastic utensils with edible options. Their first product is IncrEdible Spoons. Dinesh Tadepalli, a hardware engineer in Silicon Valley, was leaving the ice cream shop with his children. They all dutifully placed their plastic spoons in the trash bin, and Dinesh...

Flasky Flowers: All in One Flask & Bouquet

Kelly Moynihan is a full-time Mom. She and her husband Ryan have seven children. She is also a part-time hair stylist. Sometimes she goes to a client’s home; sometimes the client comes to her; sometimes she is in a bridal suite giving a bride the most important ‘do of...

Sparketh Online Art Courses

Sparketh takes art education to another level, one where any young person, regardless of financial or geographical limitations, can explore their creativity and receive professional artistic instruction on a virtual platform. Sparketh is a subscription service for online art courses. Users aged 6 to 18 can access courses from more...

Long Wharf Supply Co. Apparel

Sweaters made from oyster shells and plastic water bottles? Yes! Look no farther than the Long Wharf Supply Co.’s SeaWell Collection. The sweaters are 50% rPET yarn. PET is polyethylene terephthalate—polyester to us less scientific types. Since it is derived from crude oil and natural gas, its use is draining...

MuteMe Video Conferencing Mute Button

Some reports estimate that pre-COVID 20% of employed adults worked from home. That percentage soared to 71% during the pandemic. At least half of those people want to continue working from home. Zoom, one of several video-conferencing software platforms, reported that, on its platform, 10 million people met daily...

KIN Apparel Satin Lined Hoodies

KIN Apparel is a Black woman-owned brand founded by natural hair influencer Philomina Kane. (KIN = Keep It Naturally.) Philomina’s hoodies, in a glorious array of colors, are lined with the highest quality satin fabric (85gsm 50*75D), which means a higher thread count for the softest, silkiest feel. The...

Lion Latch Jewelry Tote

Lerin Lockwood was playing softball and made a great catch. Problem was that the ball bent the setting of her engagement ring and out popped a stone (a small one, thankfully). She had the ring repaired and the stone replaced, but Lerin was determined that would never happen again....

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...