Martha Hurwitz

Hugo’s Amazing Tape

Hugo’s Amazing Tape was created as a result of a mistake, according to inventor Hugo Maisnik. As the owner of a display-printing business in Los Angeles, Maisnik had produced a material that did not work for the intended purpose. Because he had invested $20,000 in its production,...

The Eggmazing Egg Decorator

Coloring and decorating eggs is best known as a very popular family activity around Easter time, but is actually something that would enhance any event where hard boiled eggs might be served. How about a 4th of July picnic or Labor Day cookout, packing a brown bag lunch...

Gunnar Computer Glasses Reduce Eye Strain

How many hours a day does the average American spend staring at their digital devices? According to a recent report by The Vision Council, more than 83% use their phone, computer, tablet or video games more than two hours a day, over 50% use two devices simultaneously, and...

SnapClips Barbell Collar For Weights

Martin Dimitrov was a junior at Wheeling High School in 2014 when he got the idea for SnapClips. He was taking a class in entrepreneurship and one of the assignments was to identify everyday problems and think about how to solve them. One of those problems for...

The Shower Pill Body Wipes

You don’t need to be a professional athlete or even a fanatic fitness buff to have experienced one of those times when you really should take a shower, but just don’t have the time. Perhaps you overslept or your afternoon yoga class was a bit longer than usual...

ChangEd Student Loan App

Student loan debt is a staggering financial problem. In a January 2, 2018, update on studentloanhero, it was reported that: “Americans owe over $1.48 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 44 million borrowers. That’s about $620 billion more than the total U.S. credit card debt.” Dan Stelmach...

SAP! Maple Based Beverages

It is no secret that genuine maple syrup turns a plain stack of pancakes into a meal fit for a king. Most people, however, probably don’t know that the sap itself, fresh from the tree, contains electrolytes, antioxidants, manganese and over 40 other vitamins, minerals and nutrients. ...

The Pop Pacifier Stays Clean When Dropped

Janna Badger and Nicki Radzley were engaged in successful careers in industrial design and marketing. As mothers, though, they encountered the same every day and seemingly minor problems that all parents face. One of these “small” problems is what to do when your baby’s pacifier falls to...

Zuvaa African Marketplace

Kelechi Anyadiegwu loved the vibrant colors and fascinating patterns of African fabrics and often received compliments on her clothing and accessories that were made from those traditional fabrics. She was always willing to refer people to the designers of this clothing, but realized there was an opportunity in...

Guzzle Buddy Wine Bottle Glass

Jennifer Sullivan, mother of twins, was enjoying a rare moment of down time watching a re-run of one of her favorite sitcoms, Cougar Town. It just happened to be the episode where Cox and her friends are joking about pouring wine with complaints about spilling, how boring it...

Rounderbum Body Shaping Underwear

While women have always had a vast selection of lingerie designed to make them feel attractive and sexy, men usually faced a pretty boring selection when they wanted to purchase undergarments. Boxers in muted colors and tighty-whities in, well, white were the basics and there was really not...

G.O.A.T. Bluetooth Pet Speaker

The American Pet Products Association reported that in 2016, people in the United States spent $66.75 billion on their pets. Michelle Winowich, Founder and CEO of G.O.A.T Pet Products, worked in the pet industry, but had always wanted to venture out on her own. Having lived with...

Joe’s Gourmet Fish Fry

Joe and Maranda Dowell have been serving good food spiced with friendly hospitality to their friends, family and the general public for many years. Initially, the Dowells traveled extensively to fairs, conventions and sports events, serving seafood fried in a special batter Joe had created. Eventually, they...

Boobie Bars – Herbal Lactation Bars

Wendy Colson, RN, IBCLC, affectionately referred to as “Nurse Wendy,” specialized in maternal and infant health. Nurse Wendy is also a board certified lactation consultant and nursing was a frequent topic of discussion in her new mother support groups. While nursing a baby may seem to be...

Inirv React Smart Stove Kit

You’ve just settled into your seat at the movies, large bucket of popcorn and favorite soda at the ready. Then you get that scary, nagging feeling that you forgot something important! “Did I remember to turn off the stove?” you ask yourself. You can’t remember for sure. ...

Frywall – Splatter Guard For Frying Pans

Bacon sizzling on the grill, donuts cooking in bubbling oil, fried chicken, or latkes! What possible negative associations could there be with these culinary delights? Yair Reiner, founder and CEO of Gowanus Kitchen Lab, had the same problem experienced by anyone else who has tried making these delicious foods....

Recharj Meditation and Napping Studio

Daniel Turissini, the 31-year old founder of recharj, was a burned out consultant trying to find a suitable place to incorporate a short nap into his workday. He soon realized that he was not the only one trying to sneak in a little shut-eye in order to survive the...

Stasher Silicone Food Storage Bags

Kat Nouri made nutritional lunches and snacks for her children, brought her own lunch to work, and was committed to purchasing chemical free, healthy foods. But like many people who are health conscious, she was not only concerned with the physical health of her children and herself, but also...

Modern Christmas Tree

Traditional Christmas trees in those nostalgic images of the holiday are usually freshly cut evergreens, decorated with heirloom ornaments and festooned with homemade popcorn and cranberry chains. But if you grew up as the grandson of a Colorado engineer who designed A-frame cabins and had a playful sense...

The Original Comfy

Michael Speciale, of Phoenix, Arizona, was going through a difficult time in early 2017 and was staying with his brother, Brian. One day he was walking through the living room and noticed his 7-year-old nephew lounging on the sofa wearing one of his father’s old hoodies. Next...

Coco Taps – Coconut Drill and Tap

Staying hydrated is extremely important and flavored waters are very popular. While some cynics might say it is mostly a profit driven, marketing ploy, the truth is that for many people plain water just isn’t that appealing and flavored waters are often the answer. Vince Zaldivar, who has lived...

Grypmat Non-Slip Flexible Tool Tray

Tom Burden joined the military right out of high school and was trained to work on F16’s in the Air Force. After his service, he was studying for a degree in mechanical engineering and working on aircraft for the Air National Guard in Toledo, Ohio. But he...

Robin Autopilot Lawn Mowing Service

Having a beautiful and well maintained lawn is the goal of every homeowner. As everyone knows, however, keeping up with the work required to achieve this goal is not an easy task. In 2014, young fathers Justin Crandall and Bart Lomont of Dallas, Texas, realized they were spending more...

Cut Buddy Hair Cutting Template

Joshua Esnard spent a lot of his childhood dismantling things, rebuilding them, pondering over designs and making Batmobiles out of cardboard. A native of St. Lucia, Esnard grew up in Ithaca, New York, where his parents taught at Cornell University. His father had been cutting his hair, but when...