Martha Hurwitz

The Mad Optimist Soap and Bath Products

If you ever wanted to make your own soap, but after looking into the process figured it would be too difficult, think again! Mohammed A. Mahdi, his brother Mohammed M. Mahdi, and their friend, Anthony Duncan, who call themselves “mad optimists,” will let you do all the fun...

mcSquares Dry Erase Whiteboard Tiles

Anthony Franco has built and sold five successful companies, and amassed an impressive number of awards in the process: 74 technology awards, 62 design awards and over 100 awards combined in innovation, marketing, mobile and business. However, Franco does not credit himself alone for these awards, but rather...

Potty Safe Child Proof Potty Training Toilet

Parenthood can be a wonderful experience, but it does require some tasks that are honestly not that much fun. Potty training might not be number one (no pun intended), but it certainly is somewhere near the top of the list! Once accomplished it makes life a lot...

Tough Apparel Machine-Washable Ties

Kevin Shoemaker and Skylar Bennett both attended Arizona State University, graduating in 2014. Kevin earned his degree in Business Administration and Management from the W.P. Carey School of Business, and Skylar a BS in Accounting. While they may have been able to sport a casual, sometimes not...

UnBuckle Me Child’s Car Seat Tool

Car seats are crucial for the safety of children traveling in automobiles. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, proper use of car seats decreases mortality by 71% in children younger than one year and by 54% in children one to four years of age. Getting a...

ABii Educational Robot

Teachers and parents are always going to be the most important people responsible for helping children learn. Laura Boccanfuso, founder and CEO of Van Robotics, knows this very well, but is convinced that most teachers (and many parents) could use some help. Children have different learning styles,...

Fried Green Tomatoes

Holly Cooper, of Old Hickory, Tennessee, graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, and spent 18 years in the food industry, managing and operating The Hermitage House Smorgasbord and as a partner in the Blue Goose Café. In 2012, she established her current food truck business, and began selling...

Mural Painter Inc.

Emily Strauss earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Fashion Institute of Technology, and then continued working in the art/fashion arena through her business, Vandalize Apparel, creating handmade or hand painted unique clothing. In 2009, Emily founded Design Team NYC, a collaboration of artists, designers, painters, muralists,...

First Saturday Lime Insect Repellent

Pests of all sizes and shapes, flying or creeping, dangerous or just plain annoying are everywhere. Ants, fleas, ticks, lice, mites, aphids, beetles, and mosquitoes plague home and business owners in major urban areas and rural countryside alike. Sisters Jana McDaniel and Jessica Thompson grew up on a farm in...

Muvez Footwear Slipper Shoes

Tracking dirt into the house is a problem most everyone struggles with. It’s an everyday problem, but can become more serious if the concern is to prevent germs and bacteria from being spread all through your living space. People in areas with severe winter weather or long...

PrepWell Academy

Jumping into the Shark Tank has to be a stressful and scary experience for most entrepreneurs, but Phil Black doesn’t even break a sweat at the thought of going in twice. After all, he has been a Navy SEAL officer, an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, and a...

Pasta by Hudson

Brandon Fay’s talent in creating exciting new dining experiences probably began back in his childhood, when his grandmother added spaghetti and meatballs to their Passover meals! Not exactly traditional, but after more than 20 years in the New York City restaurant world, he admits he has never tasted...

Critter Pricker Raccoon Deterrent

Joseph Balistreri had always been a wildlife lover, but knew that conflicts between wildlife and homeowners were increasingly inevitable as people move into territories that contain abundant wildlife. Balistreri wanted to provide effective solutions to remove wildlife from homes without harming them. Many animal species are quickly...

Grouphug Solar Panels For Windows

Going from designing toys to designing solar panels might seem like a pretty big leap, but once you see the innovative solar panels produced by Grouphug Tech, it’s easy to picture. Founded by Krystal Persaud, Grouphug Tech is an offshoot of the Grouphug Collective that she created in...

KidsLuv Vitamin Infused Flavored Water

Ashi Jelinek earned an undergraduate degree in theater and communications at California Institute of Art and then started her career in theatre in New York City. She practiced yoga and meditation, and worked hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle. After becoming a stay-at-home mother, however, she knew...

Bertello Pizza Ovens

Pizza is one of the most popular foods in America. A 2019 Harris Poll on behalf of California Pizza Kitchen revealed some pretty amazing facts about America’s love of pizza. According to this survey, almost a quarter of Americans would choose pizza if they could only eat one...

BabyQuip Baby Gear Rentals

Anyone with children is well aware of the mountain of equipment that the smallest humans seem to need: car seat, crib, toys, highchair, changing table, stroller, bouncy seat, monitors, just to name a few! And when the family wants to take a vacation trip, particularly by airplane,...

Pips & Bounce Ping Pong

Brothers Michael and Eugene Jung freely admit that becoming adults didn’t turn out to be as much fun as they had expected. Ping pong had been a big part of their childhood fun growing up in Kentucky, where they had played with friends, their father and with each...

Bala Bangles Workout Weights

In 2016, Natalie Holloway and her husband, Max Kislevitz, both certified yoga instructors and daily practitioners were on a six-month sabbatical in Asia. Although they were engaged in yoga classes that were often exhausting, they were also looking for ways to push themselves and increase the effects of...

Rapid Rope Dispenser

Whether you are an avid hunter, hiker, boat owner, or simply a DIY homeowner, you will often find yourself in need of a good piece of rope. And when that happens, the rope is usually tangled up in a pile in the garage or thrown in the back...

WisePocket Socks & Leggings

Most young people today carry a cell phone with them wherever they go, and face the problem of what to do with that phone when they need their hands free. Most of the available clothing for teens has pockets that are too small to hold a cell phone...

Zuum Hover Shoes

You don’t need to be Marty McFly in Back to the Future II to experience the thrill of using hover shoes, thanks to Chico Guerra and Mason Buechler, founders of ZUUM Technologies. After earning a Bachelors in Accounting and Finance from Corban University in May of 2017, Chico...

Kit Lender Ski & Snowboard Clothing

It comes as no surprise that growing up in the midst of the Green Mountains, Forrest Shinners would end up in the ski business. Add the fact that his parents owned a ski shop themselves and it would seem Shinners would never have had to leave his native Stowe,...

Little ELF Gift Wrap Cutter

While many people enjoy wrapping presents, getting the paper unrolled, holding it still, and cutting it to the proper size is not so easy! Bryan Perla has invented a clever device that holds the paper roll in place and makes a clean cut, avoiding those choppy edges and...