'Our finalists will present the judges with a difficult decision. The pitches are innovative and disruptive and the entrepreneurs behind the ideas are a great group. We can't wait to meet them in person on March 20th,' says Joanne Domeniconi.
Somerville, MA (PRWEB) March 04, 2014
The Grommet has announced the eight finalists invited to participate in its 2nd Annual Product Pitch Competition on Thursday, March 20th at historic Fenway Park in Boston. The chosen makers will pitch their “hacks” or “problem solvers” to expert panels of tech, design and business leaders from companies such as Indiegogo, TechStars and the Boston Design Museum. The winners will receive the chance to bring their unique consumer products to market via The Grommet’s expert product launch team.
The winners of last year’s event, THINX performance underwear, went on to complete a successful Indiegogo campaign and had a strong launch on The Grommet this past January.
“Our business has seen so many benefits since winning last year’s event that we feel strongly indebted to The Grommet for all of the help they’ve given us while we brought THINX to market. We are honored and grateful to give back at this year’s competition,” says Antonia Dunbar, Co-CEO of THINX.
The finalists, which were chosen by The Grommet’s community, fall into two categories: ‘ready for crowdfunding’ meaning they are ready to raise capital via Indiegogo, and ‘ready for market’ meaning their product is ready to be sold to consumers. The eight finalists are:
Ready for Market:
Repel Gear Active: Kid-proofs your car to protect seats from everyday messes.
Juneberry Bags: Chic, interchangeable totes can be worn three ways: Backpack, shoulder bag and crossbody.
Econtonix: Mighty food shredder lets you to compost from your kitchen counter.
Litter One: A biodegradable cat box that you can recycle after six months.
Ready for Crowdfunding:
O-Rings: Sensory learning toys for kids with special needs – and their siblings who love them.
Bringrr + Bring Tags: Phone charger and reminder device makes running back into the house for your phone and keys a thing of the past.
Customizable Rainboot: Rainboot covers let you change the look of your boots to match any outfit or season.
Tray Bien: A laptop bag and tray that fights turbulence, keeping your computer, phone and beverages safe during your flight.
This competition furthers The Grommet’s mission as the online marketplace and product launch platform for innovative and undiscovered products. The Grommet is able to gain access to the newest, most innovative products and be the first to give them the audience and amplification needed for success. Co-Founders, Jules Pieri and Joanne Domeniconi, are excited to return to Fenway Park this year and meet the newest group of entrepreneurs with inventive products.
"Our finalists will present the judges with a difficult decision. The pitches are innovative and disruptive and the entrepreneurs behind the ideas are a great group. We can't wait to meet them in person on March 20th," says Joanne Domeniconi.
More information on the eight final teams and the event can be found on the event Hub Page.
About The Grommet:
Founded in 2008, The Grommet is a curated online marketplace and product launch platform for undiscovered products that's reshaping the way people fundamentally launch, discover, share, influence and buy products online. Its mission is rooted in the philosophy of Citizen Commerce™, a movement that enables product purchases that express powerful contemporary values around sustainability, quality, technology and social enterprise. Since its founding, The Grommet has grown into a trusted and influential source for launching new products, having been among the very first to discover Fitbit, Soda Stream and Bananagrams, and making them into household names. To learn more about The Grommet's products and mission, visit the website at http://www.thegrommet.com and CEO Jules Pieri's blog at http://jules.thegrommet.com/. You can also follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and Facebook and watch their videos on their YouTube channel.