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  • EXTRA INNINGS: Updates from Blu2Green!

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    This week, we're continuing our updates from some of our teams at our Product Pitch competition last March. We love watching how these companies are evolving and tracking their success!

    Below you’ll see some great updates from the Blu2Green team as they're in the midst of their very first crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo. If you feel strongly about their company, click "Contribute Now" on their Indiegogo page next to their video!

    They're educating us on just how much waste is created by hospitals each year. Did you know that over 1 million pounds of blue wrap you see at hospitals is thrown away each year? That's an equivalent to the weight of 250 cars! Learn more on their Indiegogo page here .

    We also got the chance to catch up with the team recently to find out how everything is going and what it's been like to launch a crowdfunding campaign (not an easy process)!

    Read more of our conversation below.

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  • EXTRA INNINGS: Updates from MAX'IS Creations

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    This week we're continuing our series here on the blog called EXTRA INNINGS.  Did you have a favorite team at our Product Pitch event and can’t wait to see what they’re up to? Follow along here and watch their progress. Below you’ll see some great news from the MAX'IS Creations team.

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     Thanks for the updates, Jennifer (Jennifer is Max's mom)!

     

    EXTRA INNINGS: MAX'IS Creations

    It's been a great summer for Max and MAX'IS Creations. We are working with a manufacturing partner in Portland, OR called MudShark Studios to create the initial molds of Max's mugs. They recently sent photos of the molds being created for the different parts of the "Mug With A Hoop"™ and they even sent a sample mug for Max to review. It looks great and Max LOVED it! The mug size is perfect for marshmallow throwing and the it felt great in our hands. We're currently working out issues like how to make the net look more realistic in ceramic and which MAX'IS Creations stamp looks best for the bottom of the mugs.

    MudShark Studios making the mold for Max's mugs! MudShark Studios making the mold for Max's mugs!

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  • EXTRA INNINGS: Updates from Frogglez Goggles

    Today, we're continuing our updates from some of our teams at our Product Pitch competition in March. We love watching how these companies are evolving and tracking their success!

    Did you have a favorite team at our Product Pitch event and can’t wait to see what they’re up to? Follow along here and watch their progress.
     
    Below you'll see a great update from Christian Hahn at Frogglez Goggles who just launched Frogglez on our site last week. Congratulations, Christian!

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    Product launch update by Christian -- I can’t believe the Product Pitch Event at Fenway was only four short months ago. At that point, I was at the very beginning stages of my company and all I had were some prototypes and a grand vision for how I would make kids all over the world more comfortable and happy with Frogglez Goggles. The Grommet’s event came at the perfect time and they were able to guide me as I learned about the world of product launch.

    Starting out, I realized there were so many options for how to make and sell Frogglez that I was a bit overwhelmed. The Grommet gave me the clear direction that I needed. Just in time! The media exposure from the event also came at a perfect time. It made additional exposure even easier and helped to really spread the word about Frogglez.

    In the last few months, I’ve been hard at work learning how to manufacture and launch my product. The Grommet was there every step of the way and they always answered any questions that I had about the process. They were extremely patient with my learning curve and I’m forever thankful for their advice and assistance.

    Once I finally launched on the Grommet, I received so many orders and positive feedback from The Grommet community. I was floored. I even got several distribution inquiries, including some internationally. Another surprise that I didn’t expect was that so many people wanted Frogglez for adults! I didn’t know that would happen, but I’m very excited about it. I already have plans underway.

    Did I mention that I am also a Dentist, in addition to owning and launching Frogglez? Yes, I work several days per week making beautiful smiles too. It’s been tough juggling both Frogglez and dentistry, but I have a supportive staff and family who have helped me immensely. Without them, I don’t know what I would do! I may hire a staff member soon to help with Frogglez, but I will still be heavily involved. I love what I do so it doesn’t feel like work to me.

    When The Grommet asked if there was anything I would have done differently, or if I have any advice for budding entrepreneurs, I had to think about it. Thus far I can only say one thing: be open to all options. It’s tough to know how a product launch will go, what direction it will take, but it does not matter. The supporters and future customers will help to direct the process. Maybe it's TV, maybe it's retail, maybe it's online...be ready to roll with the punches and HAVE FUN!

  • EXTRA INNINGS: Updates from Blu2Green!

     

     

    This week, we're continuing our updates from some of our teams at our Product Pitch competition in March. We love watching how these companies are evolving and tracking their success!

    Did you have a favorite team at our Product Pitch event and can’t wait to see what they’re up to? Follow along here and watch their progress. Below you’ll see some great news from the Blu2Green team.

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    EXTRA INNINGS: Blu2Green

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  • EXTRA INNINGS: Updates from MAX'IS Creations

    This week, we're continuing our updates from some of our teams at our Product Pitch competition in March. We love watching how these companies are evolving and tracking their success!

     

    Did you have a favorite team at our Product Pitch event and can’t wait to see what they’re up to? Follow along here and watch their progress.

     

    Below you’ll see some great news from the MAX'IS Creations team.

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     Thanks for the updates, Jennifer (Jennifer is Max's mom)!

  • EXTRA INNINGS: Updates from MAX'IS Creations

    This week we kicked off a new series here on the blog called EXTRA INNINGS.  Did you have a favorite team at our Product Pitch event and can’t wait to see what they’re up to? Follow along here and watch their progress. Below you’ll see some great news from the MAX'IS Creations team.
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     Thanks for the updates, Jennifer (Jennifer is Max's mom)!

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    Max and his brother taking in the sights at Fenway Park at the product pitch competition.

     

     

    EXTRA INNINGS: MAX'IS Creations

    Greetings from MAX’IS Creations.  It has been a whirlwind few weeks since being named a finalist in the Product Pitch at Fenway and winning the popular community vote.

    A larger cause....

    When we heard that Daily Grommet was partnering with Indiegogo to launch crowd-funding campaigns on behalf of the finalists, we wanted to use the opportunity to do more than simply raise money for MAX’IS Creations.  So we created a campaign that allowed Max to not only foster interest in his patent pending “Mug with a Hoop” but also to raise awareness and support for the upside of dyslexia.  The support for Max’s campaign in the dyslexia world has been very rewarding.  His campaign was even tweeted about by the British Dyslexia Association and others involved in the dyslexia cause.  Just the other day the link between creativity and dyslexia was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.  We think that Max seeing a basketball hoop where others just see a mug is a great example of one of the tenets of the Carroll School:  “People with dyslexia see the world differently, isn’t the world lucky that they do.”  And today, Max received a priceless email from a 27 year old CEO, who himself is dyslexic, offering both encouragement and business support to Max as he proceeds with his new venture.

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    Max promoting his product at Brueggers Bagels Bakery

     

    Lest this be mistaken for a purely philanthropic effort, this 8-year entrepreneur is focused on selling his product and raising capital.  Yesterday morning, Max woke up at the crack of dawn and headed to Bruegger’s bakery in Weston Center to showcase his “Mug With a Hoop.”  He made some presales, collected some donations, and sent many home with a flyer telling them how to log into Indiegogo to contribute to his online campaign.  He also engaged in some friendly competition with Daily Grommet alumna Wendy Chandor’s boys Peter and Ryan who were raising funds for their baseball team!

     

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    Max meets with lawyers about patents (and has some fun!)

    Other highlights this week were sitting down with our Patent team, Travis Johnson of Ascentage Law and Cynthia Gilbert of Hyperion Law at the Cambridge Innovation Center.  In addition to patent strategy, Max learned that lawyers could also have fun with his invention!

     

    Our first few weeks since the event have also held some struggles.  We are working hard to find lower cost manufacturing options in the United States and are aware of the difficulties that go along with that. We hope to have some good news in this area soon!

     

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    Max runs to the computer after school to check on his Indiegogo campaign!

    Even with ups and downs, Max has his sights set on the big picture: selling his mugs and generating interest for his venture.  He will be showcasing his prototype and selling his mugs at the upcoming Rich Altman Sports Memorabilia Convention in Wilmington next weekend.  He even has autographs (of his prototype) lined up with Celtics Legends:  Bill Walton, Bill Russell, John Havlicek and Sam Jones!  Although Max is the first to remind people that he is too young to have actually seen them play!

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    More from MAX'IS Creations team soon. Be sure to catch all of the EXTRA INNINGS here.

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  • EXTRA INNINGS: Updates from Frogglez Goggles!

     

     

     

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    Christian and the TV crew!

     

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    Last week we gave you an update from our product pitch winner, THINX on Boston.com.

     

    Beginning this week, we're going to start bringing you updates from more of our teams right here on the blog. Did you have a favorite team at the event and can't wait to see what they're up to? Follow along here and watch their progress. Below you'll see some great news from the Frogglez Goggles team.

     

  • Diary of a Product Launch: THINX

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    THINX Member, Antonia Dunbar with her signed baseball at From Home Plate to a Home Run

    Hi product pitch fans! 

    We just can't seem to get enough of the success that our 10 teams have seen since our From Home Plate to a Home Run event on March 19th. Now that the event is over, the fun begins for these teams. We want to follow them along this journey. We want to document their trials and triumphs and celebrate with them as they reach major benchmarks. We think they each have a great story to tell and deserve for it to be told. 

    So with that said, we're starting by introducing a diary format for our winning team, THINX on our media partner's site, Boston.com Here you will be able to follow the THINX girls on their road to innovative underwear success. Check out their first post on Boston.com today and root for them along with us. 

    Good luck THINX and can't wait for your next installment.

  • These teams are up to bat with their Indiegogo campaign launches!

    The Daily Grommet Product Pitch event was one week ago and already our 10 teams have seen much success and are feeling that momentum after participating in this live event. They received great feedback, great press and are now onto the next stage of bringing their products to market with their individual Indiegogo campaign launches!

    As you know, we recently started a partnership with the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. They also served as one of our trusty expert "coaches" during the event. Why did we decide to embark on this partnership? One reason is that we want to be part of future Grommet's success from the very beginning. We want to know these companies from the time they're working in their basement, wondering when and *if* they'll ever make it big. We also want Daily Grommet to be a part of their success alongside Indiegogo.

    We truly believe many of these companies will succeed and they deserve that chance. Places like Indiegogo give these companies the opportunity for funding, but also to gauge demand for their product. We're honored and thrilled that these 10 teams were a part of our journey on March 19th and can't wait to follow their journey moving forward.

    So check out some of our first few teams that have launched on Indiegogo today and consider helping them to reach their campaign goals. If you aren't able to donate, help them to promote their campaign. Tell the world their story, because we believe they deserve to be told.

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  • Product Pitch: From home plate to a home run .... and the winner is

    Daily Grommet  teamed up with Indiegogo, Google Apps and Boston.com to power a 10-team product competition at Fenway Park on March 19, 2013. You met the Players, learned about the expert Coaches and have likely even read some of the great press coverage about the big event, but have you met the winner?

    A quick recap: Ten finalists competed in a series of creative business challenges to prove their product concept to a panel of business, design, media and VC executives. Each team used Google Apps to collaborate with the panel throughout the day. The finalists were all driven, each with an innovative product and compelling story.  But alas, only one could win.

    Antonia Dunbar, co-founder of the winning team, THINX

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