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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

Update: Misfit Foods is now called Phil's Finest. 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....

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...

Busy Baby Mat Placemat

Many of us have been through this. Baby loves to play fetch with Mama. Baby throws toy on the floor. Mama picks it up and gives it back. Baby giggles and throws it back on the floor. It’s cute until it’s not, such as when the game is preventing...

Walkee Paws Leggings for Dogs

Lisa Baronoff loves her dogs, Toffee, a Cocker Spaniel, and Stir Fry, a Goldendoodle, and takes wonderful care of them. She likes them to be happy, safe and comfortable. So when she realized that, while she was walking them, they were picking up on their paws all kinds of...

Hopscotch Game Coding App for Kids

Hopscotch is a free iOS app designed to teach kids the mechanics of coding so that they can: Create games, turn drawings into animations, and build anything they can imagine. Publish the finished games for family and friends to play. Explore projects made by other kids, for the fun...

Everything Legendary Vegan Burger

Duane Myko grew up vegan. His mother created meatless meals every day, because plant-based foods helped her manage the sometimes-debilitating symptoms of lupus. Duane only had a problem with the tasteless burgers she ate. He decided to use his entrepreneurial experience and community connections to bring flavorful and nutritious...

Sienna Sauce

Sienna Sauce, now headquartered in Sienna, Texas, began in Brooklyn, New York. There, Tyla-Simone Crayton, eight years old, created her first batch of sauce with some help from her mother, Monique. Their favorite wing restaurant had closed, and Tyla-Simone wanted to see if she could recreate the recipe for...

Souper Cubes Food Freezing Tray

Michelle and Jake Sendowski love homemade soup. They could make it, of course, but with just the two of them, what would they do with all the leftover soup? Freeze it? Overfill the container and it bursts in the freezer. Underfill it and you get freezer burn. Jake searched...

Byoót Company Swimsuits

Do not let the bikini-clad celebrities mislead you with their selfies. Many women wear one-piece swimsuits that continue to grow in popularity. The classic one-piece suits are more elegant and more flattering than bikinis. After all, not many women are Sports Illustrated-ready. The coverage and support of a one-piece...

The Pizza Cupcake

The Pizza Cupcake is a whole other pizza experience. Michelle Jimenez-Meggiato and Andrea Meggiato have transformed the famous pizza pie into a pizza cupcake, a convenient bite-sized snack that can be enjoyed anywhere and at any time. It also makes a delicious side dish for breakfast, lunch and dinner....

Draft Top Beer Can Opener

Armand Ferranti was in flight school in South Carolina when a classmate removed the top of a can of beer with his teeth. It was Armand’s first topless beer and the first time he tasted the full flavor of beer with all its subtle undertones, because the aroma was...

MountainFlow Eco-Wax: Plant Based Ski Wax

You can’t ski without ski wax. And you can’t ski without loving the outdoors and appreciating the fragility of our environment. That is where the twain does not meet. Most ski wax is a by-product of the petroleum refining process: blackish-gray sludge, bleached and chemically modified to produce the...

Yono Clip: Suction Cup Hanger

We drag germs all over the place—millions of them, on our shoes, so no wonder floors win the “dirtiest, germiest” award. Doesn’t matter if the floor is tile, hardwood or carpet. And then we plop a bag or coat right down on the floor anywhere: gym, restaurant, restroom, workplace,...

Brumachen Brewer: Portable Coffee Maker

Kweku Larbi and Ross Smith, at first glance, appear to be unlikely business partners, but they have teamed up to bring the Brumachen Brewer to market. The personal, portable, single-serve coffee maker provides a quality brew wherever you are—and at a reduced cost. The all-in-one Brumachen weighs only a pound,...

Quevos: Egg White Chips

Quevos are a salty, crunchy high-protein chip without all the carbohydrates and fat found in potato chips. Today, people want healthy snacks that conveniently fit into a briefcase, purse, gym bag or car and that are filling and delicious. Quevos checks all the boxes. And gives you a tasty...

Aura Bora Herbal Sparkling Water

Aura Bora is a craft sparkling water made from the extracts of herbs, fruits and flowers. There are no artificial ingredients, sugar, sodium or calories. It is non-GMO and gluten free. The result is a bold and refreshing sparkling water with vivid flavors and subtle aromas. Paul and Madeleine...

Love Is Project Bracelets

The Beatles are convinced that all you need is love. Elvis can’t help falling in love. Foreigner wants to know what love is. Lionel Richie’s love is endless. The Bee Gees tell us what it’s like to love somebody. The Troggs assure us that love is all around. And...