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Tag Archives: Product pitch

  • We Just Met Some of the Smartest Kids on Earth

    This past weekend, The Grommet crew arrived in the Big Apple with Grommets and passion in tow. As we neared the New York Hall of Science grounds and the majestic rockets of Rocket Park came into view, we knew we were in for an adventure. We had arrived at the greatest show and tell on Earth (the World Maker Faire).

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    Up went our booth, crafted from wood and metal. Out came our Grommets, packed into carefully curated boxes. PocketMonkey, Speaker Creature, Mist, Pin Pals, IN1 Case, Gigs 2 Go, Craftholic, KeySmart… For a “red carpet” welcome, we rolled out a Yoga by Numbers mat. At 10 AM each day, the floodgates opened to this part amusement park, part fairgrounds, and part technology event. The crowds swarmed the expansive grounds and many curious minds hitting our booth with wide, inquisitive eyes. Visitors from all over the globe, eager to learn about us, crept close with a wonderfully recurrent turn of phrase: “What is The Grommet?”

     

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  • See You There? The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth

    After nearly six years of building and getting to know our community from behind the screen, we are breaking free and coming to meet you. In person. The Grommet Team cannot wait to bring our mission, our sense of style, and, of course, our Grommets to the World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science on September 20th-21st.

     

    The Grommet hits the Maker Faire in NY

    The “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” embodies the pulse of the Maker Movement as hundreds of Makers and tens of thousands of attendees take part in this “family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.” We are jazzed to help tap the rhythm of this pivotal social and economic movement.

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  • Support the O-Rings Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo

    Product Pitch Competition winner: O-Rings

     

    Recent Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) graduates, Maeve Jopson and Cynthia Poon caught the entrepreneurial bug during a school project senior year and in their own words, it’s been a wild ride ever since. After graduation, they dove head first into developing their product, the O-Rings, a full body sensory toy that is designed for all kids to play with and learn from regardless of abilities, age or gender. Since winning the “Ready for Crowdfunding” category at our Product Pitch event this past March, they’ve been busy preparing for their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.We are proud to share that after months of hard work, their campaign is LIVE and there are only a few weeks left to support them.

    Please help us to support O-Rings during these last few weeks and read through a recent conversation to learn more about the duo and then watch their video. Want to support Increment Studios and their product, O-Rings on Indiegogo? Donate here.

     

    What is Increment Studios and O-Rings?

    Increment creates sensory play things to encourage independence and exploration among all kids regardless of age, ability or gender. The O-Rings are a full body sensory toy and each of the rings is a different color, size, texture, and filling designed for engaged tactile play.

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  • Pitches, Hits, and Home Runs

    Today was the big day, our 2nd Annual Product Pitch Competition. The Grommet, joined by a fantastic group of speakers and attendees at Fenway Park where we all gathered to find the next great Grommet idea. Eight teams, chosen by our community, pitched their ideas live for a chance to win a launch on The Grommet.

    Here's a look at our day in images. See all of the photos here on our Instagram feed.

     

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    Above: A few highlights of our day's events.

    Each of the eight innovative teams pitched their products and businesses to our team of coaches, but only two took home the win. Congrats to our winners!

    Ready for Crowdfunding category: O-Rings: Sensory Learning Playthings by INCREMENT (learn more about them here)

     Ready for Market category: Compost Shredder by ECOTONIX (learn more about them here)

    Stay tuned for more details on our two winning teams!

  • Get in the Game

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    The votes are in and eight teams are heading to Fenway Park to compete in our 2nd Annual Product Pitch competition on March 20.

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    Want to watch the day unfold? 

     

    • The event will be livestreamed by our partner at Boston.com. You can tune in on 3/20 by clicking  here.

     

    • Follow along and join the conversation as Makers and attendees live-tweet the day's events by following along with the #ProductPitch hashtag on Twitter, here.

     

    • Check out our behind the scenes pictures of the big day as they're posted on  Instagram. See them all here.

     

    Learn more and get acquainted with the teams, coaches, and event speakers

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  • The Field Is Ready - Let's Meet Our Teams! Part II

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    We recently shared some thoughts from our first four teams from the Ready for Crowdfunding category who will be pitching at Fenway Park on Thursday, March 20th. All final eight teams will present their products and have the opportunity of a lifetime to pitch to press, businesses and other influencers. We're in full swing with the regular season and can't wait to meet our finalists. Below read more about the four finalists who won crowd favorite in the Ready for Market category.

    Repel Gear Active by Repel Gear, LLC

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    Repel Gear Active are seat covers that dirt-proof your car to protect from everyday messes.

    What inspired you to create your product that you're bringing to Fenway on March 20th?

    As active people with children, we were getting in the car dirty and sweaty on a regular basis.  The same options were always available such as draping a towel over the back of the seat while hoping it didn't fall down and bunch up behind us or using a traditional seat cover that took several minutes to put on and take off.  There had to be a better way.  We decided to launch our ACTIVE Series Seat Cover, a comfortable and stylish machine-washable microfiber towel that easily connects to the headrest in a car.  Whether we're sitting on it,  it's under a car seat, or folded up in the console, it has proven it's value time and time again.

    What are you most looking forward to taking away from the event?

    We are excited about the event on March 20th for several reasons but most importantly exposure.  We have an affordable and practical product, we just need to get it to people.  We appreciate the opportunity and look forward to presenting a product that can make people's lives a little easier.

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  • The Field Is Ready - Let's Meet Our Teams!

    In just one week,  our final eight teams will converge at Fenway Park to present their products and have the opportunity of a lifetime to pitch to press, businesses and other influencers. We're in full swing with the regular season and can't wait to meet our finalists. Today we're telling our community a little bit about the teams in the first of a two-post series. Below read more about the four finalists who won crowd favorite in the Ready for Crowdfunding category.

     

    Bringrr and BringTags

    by Bringrr Systems LLC

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    Bringrr + Bring Tags is a phone charger and reminder device so you never leave your phone or belongings behind.

    What inspired you to create your product that you're bringing to Fenway on March 20th?

    It all started with our CEO's uncanny ability to forget his phone everywhere. He wanted a reminder device that could be left in the car and practically forgotten until it was needed. So we began to think of things that are always in your car...a car charger! This charger could notify people when their phone isn't with them. We then went a step further to think of other things people might typically forget or leave behind. So we created BringTags to easily attach to anything that could potentially be forgotten or lost.

    What are you most looking forward to taking away from the event?

    I believe we will take away many positive things from the contest, namely exposure and the experience of the event. I'm originally from north of Boston so I know that presenting at Fenway will be a memorable experience. The press will also be an enormous benefit that will help us grow Bringrr and gain more awareness. I can't wait!

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  • Extra Innings: An Update from MAX'IS Creations

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    Our 2nd Annual Product Pitch Contest is less than one month away and our community is in full swing voting for their favorite product submissions. We’re excited to soon share the stories of this year’s winners, yet we are still following and supporting those who participated last year. Their story and journey certainly doesn't end at Product Pitch and we know there will be many great updates to come as they navigate through product development and launch.

    We also know our community is cheering them on and looking forward to these updates. One of our most popular finalists was  a young entrepreneur named Max Ash, who took home the win for community favorite. As a nine year old, he may be one of the youngest entrepreneurs around and has garnered lots of attention for his product MAX’IS Creations “Mug With a Hoop TM.” We recently checked in with Max and his mom, Jennifer to see what life has been like since winning the community vote at last year’s event.

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    First, a special note from Max:

    Hi everyone at The Grommet,

    Thank you for inviting me to Fenway Park to pitch my idea for a hot chocolate mug that lets you throw marshmallows into hot chocolate!  It’s been a really fun year.  What I’ve loved most about the last year is that I’ve made money selling my mugs!  It was really fun to go to Mudshark Studios to see them make my mugs.  I liked to see them put all of the parts of the mug together and I liked seeing all my mugs lined up.  I even got to sign some mugs while I was there!  I like getting boxes full of my mugs in the mail.  The hardest thing about the last year was seeing them be broken (a few mugs were broken during one of our shipments). I liked delivering my mugs to people and knowing that people paid me for the mugs. 

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    Max

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     Read on for our Q&A with Jennifer Ash from MAX'IS Creations

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  • Play Ball! Voting Season is Now Open

    Here at The Grommet, we're rethinking the way people fundamentally launch, discover, share, influence and buy products online. Daily, we encourage our community of Makers and Supporters to submit their product ideas to our Citizens' Gallery. Whenever someone tells us about their favorite product we post that idea our Citizens' Gallery and encourage you to learn about and interact with the product submissions we receive every day; voting "up" those you think should succeed most.

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    If you've been following along our 2nd Annual Product Pitch event, you'll recognize it as a Product Pitch Competition that brings our every day search to a larger playing field. We've closed  submissions and are in full swing with semifinalist moving on into the regular season. Our team of Grommet coaches has narrowed the playing field. Now it’s up to our community of Makers, Hackers, Inventors, and Fans to help decide which six problem solvers have what it takes to advance to the Final Pitch at Fenway Park.

    Product Pitch Competiton

    Vote now to help your favorite problem solver make it to the big leagues.

    From home plate to home run, the success of could-be-Grommets depends on the votes and voices of our community.

    Voting Phase: February 16 - 28, 2014

    The Final Pitch at Fenway Park: March 20, 2014

    Click here to vote for your favorite product to advance to The Final Pitch.

  • Announcing: The 2nd Annual Product Pitch Contest

    how to pitch a productHave you ever had an innovative idea that could solve a common problem, change the world, or make something better? The founders of THINX did. Antonia Dunbar and sisters, Miki and Radha Agrawal, decided it was time to rethink women’s underwear. Last year, they entered our Product Pitch competition along with hundreds of other entrepreneurs for a chance to take their business to the next level. Voters at The Grommet’s 2013 Product Pitch Event agreed that THINX was that next great innovative idea and last week, they launched on The Grommet. You can see their video here.

     

    Now, right on the heels of last year's winner becoming a Grommet, we're warming up for our next 2nd Annual Product Pitch Season.

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    Think your problem solver or hack has what it takes to be a Grommet? Great news, we're kicking off The 2nd Annual Product Pitch Contest and want to hear why your product should be our next winner.

    Submit your product for a chance to be one of 30 players to make it to the voting phase. Product submissions must fall into one of two categories: Ready for Crowdfunding or Ready for Market.  So, get those cameras rolling because we'll be asking for your video submissions beginning January 27, 2014.

    Here's first glance at our upcoming Product Pitch season

    Training Camp: The Submission Phase

    Submit your product for a chance to be one of 30 players (15 per category) to make it to the voting phase.

    Opening Day: January 27, 2014

    Closing Day: February 7, 2014

    Regular Season: The Voting Phase

    Vote daily to help your favorite product make it to the big leagues at the Final Pitch Event at Fenway stadium. The success of each contestant depends on the support of our community. So you'll want to keep the votes coming.

    Polls Open: February 17, 2014

    Polls Close: February 28, 2014

    Playoff Day March 20, 2014: The Final Pitch

    The top 3 most voted for products per category (6 products in all) will take their pitch to Fenway Park for a chance to be the Grand Prize Winner in their category.

    Click here for complete details on our 2014 Product Pitch event.

     

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