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2017 April Qualification Grant Finalists

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

RIZE
RIZE
Karen Vaughan Wolfe
Website

RIZE + WorkWell is a new concept aimed at bringing work and wellness together in the same lifespace, helping people achieve greater work/life balance, providing wellness solutions for everyone and making exercise more accessible and less intimidating.

Canned Sedona
Canned Sedona
Heidi Benson
Website

Canned Sedona is a cooking competition inspired by CHOPPED, a popular show on Food Network. Heidi and co-founder Tracey Shadley wondered how they could create a similar event that would benefit the Sedona community. Long-term, they hope to bring the event to other communities.

Yoga2Sleep
Yoga2Sleep LLC
Pamela Stokes Eggleston
Website

Pamela has practiced yoga for over 16 years and completed specialized training to include plant-based nutrition, stress management, prenatal yoga and yoga therapy training to work with service members and veterans with post traumatic stress disorder and combat stress. She’s driven to help caregivers, military family members and others feel a renewed sense of calm and get a good night’s sleep.


Tiny Type Studios LLC
Stacy Clark
Website

Adoptionly Yours™ Cards & Gifts are bright-hearted expressions for the journey of adoption — from the first fragile hopes, to coming home, and becoming a family. Stacy and her co-founder draw on personal experiences and bring a pair of unique skill sets to fuel their business.

a little science
A Little Science LLC
Misty Ann Carty
Website

Misty’s goal is to provide well written, simplistically worded, vibrantly presented children’s science books. With an impressive academic background, she aims to fill a particularly underserved niche for the youngest of readers.

NursElet
NursElet
Rupal Asodaria
Website

NursElet® is a patent pending nursing bracelet that helps moms secure their shirt while nursing or pumping to make a clear latch in proper posture. Time, care, and trial-and-error led to the creation of NursElet® Bracelet, as well as a host of other products.

Stay tuned — we will announce the winner shortly!

2017 March Qualification Grant Finalists

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Easy Peasie Veggie Blands
EasyPeasie® Veggie Blends
Dorielle Price
Website

EasyPeasie is is a business owned by two sisters who put their heads together and came up with the idea to make vegetable powders for kids in order to give them vegetable exposures as early and as often as possible. They care about kids’ nutrition, and are in the business of providing families simple, natural, and convenient ways to get more vegetable nutrients into their kids’ diets.

Snuggle Sleeve
The Snuggle Sleeve
Penny Spernoga
Website

The Stroller Snuggie is the one and only attachable baby stroller pillow that can be attached to three different areas of a baby stroller and stay in place. You can attach it to the tray (for older kids), the back of the seat, or the side of the stroller. The pillow allows children to be comfortable in their stroller and even allows them to sleep!

The Kokon
The Kokon
Veronika Bartosch
Website

The Kokon Pod is a smart hanging environment designed to instantly relax your physiological system. The Kokon Pod teaches you to control your body’s natural stress response by regularly bringing you back to a desirable emotional state. Reduce elevated levels of stress, build emotional resilience and keep a mindful state over time.


The Cat Ball, LLC
Jennifer Boaro
Website

The Cat Ball® manufactures and sells unique pet beds made from original designs. Their two main products are The Cat Ball® bed and The Cat Canoe®. All of their products are made from high quality designer fabrics and comfy high-density foam. Their goal is to make fantastic beds and toys that your cat will love and will look great in your home.

aloo
Aloo
Aarti Mehta
Website

Aloo was created by a first-time mom and physician, Aarti. She wanted to feed her child breast milk as it was important to her and her husband. Unfortunately, it was difficult to determine how much her baby would drink during each feeding. After each feeding there was significant unconsumed liquid remaining in the bottle. But because of the baby’s back wash reentering the bottle, they were concerned about reusing the liquid and had to discard the remaining milk. So after searching for potential solutions Aarti decided to create a device on her own, that would prevent backwash from reentering the bottle and as a result keeping the remaining liquid unused. Allowing her to feel more comfortable reusing the liquid, and in the process, saving significant effort and money.

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner Soon!

2017 February Qualification Grant Finalists

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017


Bytesize
Yuna Joung
Website

Over the course of Yuna’s computer science career at Harvard, she attended several hackathons to gain more experience applying computer science to real world projects. However, a recurring problem she noticed was communication. She had trouble reaching management and similarly, the management struggled to reach the hackers.

The communication difficulties detracted from Yuna’s experience at these hackathons, so Yuna and a team created an event chatbot company called Bytesize. For attendees, this chatbot acts as a personal assistant for the event at hand. For organizers, the chatbot alleviates much of their burden from answering questions, allowing them to focus more on the other parts of the event that require their attention. Best of all, this all happens directly in Facebook Messenger, so both parties don’t have to worry about installing and setting up an entirely new app.


Folia Health
Nell Meosky Luo
Website

Folia Health is developing a chronic disease patient management tool designed to decrease the time that patients and caregivers spend on coordinating care, while improving outcomes. At the moment, they are focused on helping the pediatric population. One of their main goals is to close the symptom data gap. The symptoms and treatment-related side effects that chronic disease patients experience can be instrumental in crafting a personalized care plan, but are often not communicated clearly to the provider. Folia is the solution to that problem.


Blossom & Vine
Sophie Felts
Website

Blossom & Vine is a boutique floral design studio in Maryland. They provide the area with hand crafted, one of a kind, lush, nature inspired, love infused event flours. Whether you are planning a grand event or an intimate gathering, their team is experienced and ready to bring all floral visions to life.


Geren Imaging
Jennae Geren
Website

The I Had a Dream Project is an innovative venture that bridges art, cinematography and journalism with the purpose of spreading an inspiring collective message of the human will, inner guidance and integrity, and conveys that despite any life circumstance, we can positively change our reality.

The Project features leading-edge Americans who were either born into an unusual and oppressive life circumstance or experienced a unique and major life change that steered the direction of their life completely. How they took control of steering their life onto a new and positive path is the collection of inspiring stories the I Had a Dream Project artistically captures.


Nature Mamma Body Care
Rachel Wheeler
Website

After Rachel’s first child was born, she began checking the labels to everything her family ate and used on their bodies. After doing her own research she realized how many toxic ingredients were in every day formulas and it was shocking to her. This motivated Rachel to make her own body care products and is how Nature Mamma Body Care was born. Nature Mamma Body Care is homemade natural body care products, without all the harmful additives, fillers and harsh chemicals.


Gabby Bows
Rozalynn Goodwin
Website

Gabby Bows is a creative barrett invented by 7yo, (Gabby) & her Mom. This new barrette is designed to secure the ends of pigtails, braids and twists. It’s Double-Face, Double-Snap Barrette, is a classic hair accessory that meets modern functionality and style.The Gabby bow promises to save you time, money, and frustration.

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner Soon!

January Qualification Grant Finalists

Monday, February 6th, 2017


Bumbling Tranquility
Faith Sprigg
Website

Bumbling Tranquility is a brand dedicated to self care and simple living with an emphasis on nurturing the body and unique spirit that is yours. As a massage therapist for the last 10 years, Faith has seen firsthand the positive effects of working with essential oils as aromatherapy and wants to share them for use in a setting outside the treatment room.


Abilities Discovered
Debbie Scacco, M.S.
Website

Abilities Discovered uses art to help Youth ages 5-22 yrs old, with Autism Spectrum Disorder to improve behavior & gain better social skills.

Abilities Discovered uses Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy combined with Art Therapy techniques to teach life skills that will lead to future gainful employment.


Courage Cube
Rebekah Daoud
Website

Rebekah started Courage Cube to help cheer up and encourage loved ones, friends, and coworkers that are going through a rough time. These people can be cancer patients, cancer survivors, caretakers or anyone dealing with chronic illness by delivering unique and inspirational gift packages (called Courage Cubes).


The Extendher
Maria Messier
Website

Extendher is a patent-pending extender panel that clips on to any outerwear that has a zipper, and extends your garment’s usefulness instead of purchasing a full maternity coat. Extendher gives you that added room to grow for when you show. It’s adjustable pull toggles allow for a great fit throughout each stage of pregnancy.


Levity Products
Sarah Olsen
Website

Four years ago Sarah’s son was born with Spina Bifida which lead to multiple surgeries over the years. After each surgery he would suffer greatly from bladder spasms caused by a medical device that was used to drain his bladder while he healed. After going through this a few times Sarah decided that there needed to be something done. She didn’t want to see her son suffer any longer. After much trial and error Sarah invented a new product. This new product not only worked but it sped up his recovery time immensely. Now Sarah’s goal is different. She’s on a mission to help Spina Bifida children all over the world suffer less than they already have to.


The Piggy Box
Esther Diaz
Website

The Piggy Box is a fun and easy way for kids to manage money while teaching them sound budgeting principles and instilling ideas of “giving” at an early age. The Piggy Box is a new way to save money for today’s kids. It rethinks and reimagines how and what we teach our kids about important life principles. We hope you agree.

Congrats to our January Qualification Grant Finalists and as always, thank you for reading! Remember we award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply!

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner Soon!

Our 2016 Amber Grant Finalists

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

After much debate amongst our Advisory board we’ve narrowed down our Amber Grant Finalists to Three. Congrats to NAJMTEK, GloveStix, and Yellow Scope! Please read to learn more about these inspiring women and their businesses.

NAJMTEK

 

Applicant: Sophie Ennadi – Visit NAJMTEK’s website here.

When Sophie’s daughter was six years old she was diagnosed with dyslexia. With Sophie’s strong background in engineering alongside 12 years of experience in product development she saw this as an opportunity. She wanted to create an adaptive and innovative learning tool for dyslexic people, to help them learn, read, and work without having dyslexia in the way. This is how the Ubook was created.

The UBook is the first all-in-one multi-touch laptop, an interactive technology that includes the first ever neurological “sign alphabet”, and assistive apps, especially designed for people having dyslexia to help them learn, work, and communicate with others without having dyslexia in the way.

Glove Stix

 

Applicant: Krista Woods – Visit GloveStix’s website here.

Have you ever caught a whiff of old sports gear? It smells awful. The smell is caused by bacteria that lives in the humid air of your sports gear. And every time you sweat… that odor increases. Most types of gloves and shoes are primarily made of leather making them virtually impossible to clean without compromising the shape or comfort to the athlete. Enter, GloveStix. GloveStix, are a patent pending odor management system for smelly sports gear. When placed into gloves or shoes after practice or games they absorb harmful moisture, eliminate odors and inhibit 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria growth in about 24 hrs.

Yellow Scope

 

Applicant: Marcie Colledge & Kelly McCollum – Visit Yellow Scope’s website here.

Yellow Scope was founded in 2014 by scientists and moms, Marcie Colledge and Kelly McCollum. Marcie and Kelly met in 2008 at their children’s elementary school as volunteers running the school’s STEM programs, including Family Science Nights and the Science Fair. Their “aha moment” was realizing how well they work together and how passionate they both are about science, girls, and education. Over the years, this grew into an idea to build a company that would help young girls fall in love with science. Thus Yellow Scope was born! At Yellow Scope, they make rigorous, creative (and fun!) science kits for girls. Each kit is lovingly assembled by hand in Portland, Oregon.

We will be announcing our second annual Amber Grant winner very soon – Stay Tuned!

Voting has already begun for our next Amber Grant on our voting page. So please stop by there and read about our newest qualification grant winners.

December Qualification Grant Finalists

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

scriptopro
ScriptoPro Inc.
Meena Singhal
Website

ScriptoPro is an online assessment tool and learning management system that allows educators and trainers to develop and deliver quizzes, courses and training online, as well as track and report the progress of their learners through an engaging and intuitive interface.

efactor
e-Factor!®
Marcy Maslov
Website

e-Factor!® is a business tool that helps diverse teams and leaders work better together ethically. It also helps protect you and your organization from unethical behavior. The game does this by creating a safe place to simulate work experiences and solve real-life business ethics dilemmas. In this environment it is possible to evaluate opportunities and consequences before taking an action that could cause an organization to lose clients or damage a companies professional reputation.

swipensnap
Better Way Goods, LLC
Alina Kravchenko
Website

Swipensnap™ is a patented one hand diaper cream applicator. Invented by a mother who was faced with the struggles of applying diaper rash cream ointment onto her babies bottom. It provides more safety for your baby by allowing mothers and fathers to keep one hand on the baby at all times. Prevents contamination, if her hands were washed thoroughly. And it makes the process more clean and efficient by eliminating the need to wash the water resistant ointment off her hands.

prodigikids
Prodigi Kids
Karen Braveheart
Website

Prodigi Kids was founded in 2013 by an attorney turned entrepreneur. As a mother of three young children, Karen saw a need for a plate that couldn’t be picked up from the table and thrown around the room. From there the Adi plate was born. Adi is a Stay-Put Plate, plate perfectly designed to prevent toddlers from hurling their plates of food in the air like frisbees.

This plate will finally allow parents everywhere to enjoy a peaceful meal with their family without having a plate hauled across the room!

luckybar
Lucky Nutrition, LLC
Jamie Oberweger
Website

Luckybar is the ONLY kids protein bar that has more protein than two eggs and has 30%-60% less sugar than the leading kids bar. The packaging is fun for kids, each one is a fun adventure featuring brother and sister Luke and Lucy Lucky, and every box includes 12 stickers! The best part is that kids love the bars and they are eating them, which means that we effectively changed meal time and snack time for kids everywhere.

Congrats to our December Qualification Grant Finalists and as always, thank you for reading! Remember we award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply!

Stay tuned: We will be announcing the winner Soon!