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2017 September Amber Grant Finalists

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

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Spirited Grape
Brenda Audino
Website

Spirited Grape’s approach to wine education is not simply learning about wine, but fostering an understanding of the industry. Spirited Grape will offer industry recognized wine certification programs which have been developed by internationally recognized organizations including: Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), The Society of Wine Educators (SWE) and others.

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Accents, School of Foreign Language
Brenda Beaudette-Kaim
Website

Brenda’s mission is simple: to provide fun, interactive immersion foreign language classes to children and adults ages four and up. She creates a comfortable and friendly learning environment so everyone can thrive.  She wants students to have an enjoyable and positive experience!  ASoFL focuses on speaking where students are actively engaged through word/image association, conversation, fun physical and artistic activities, music, and even theatre.

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Sleep N Feed
Victoria Goodwin
Website

The Sleep N Feed is a multifunctional co-sleeper/nursing pillow/traveling bassinet system that transforms for different feeding positions and accommodates babies from birth to one year of age. Drawing on personal experience, Victoria’s goal with the Sleep N Feed is to provide babies a safe sleeping space and to make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable.

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Omiga™
Karen Cohen
Website

Omiga’s patented technology detects physiological signs that first appear at the point where physical and cognitive ability is considered legally impaired. These signs are scientifically analyzed and recorded, and the results are reported. Omiga’s communications capabilities can transmit customized results to designated recipients, simply record the testing results for future processing, or even disable a vehicle’s ignition.

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BLOOM
Bri Alexander
Website

BLOOM was inspired by idea that language and culture should be accessible to the communities and descendants it belongs to. By working in conjunction with tribal and ethnic nations and their existing language initiatives, BLOOM makes learning one’s language easier and more accessible than ever before.

Congratulations to the finalists — we will announce the winner shortly!

2017 July Amber Grant Finalists

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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Pepper
Jaclyn Fu
Website

Jaclyn and co-founder Lia Winograd started a company that makes better fitting clothes for small-chested women, starting with bras. The goal for Pepper is to help women redefine their own body standards and celebrate the body they’ve got.


Jamie Lee Photography
Jamie Lee Martinez
Website

Jamie’s portrait photography business is located in San Antonio, Texas, and specializes in newborn and child photography. A life-long lover of photography, Jamie beautifully captures precious moments from the early years of life.

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Hey Paddle
Rebecca Tongsinoon
Website

Hey Paddle brings indoor workout studios to the outdoors on paddle boards, giving you a unique experience. Austin, Texas provides the perfect backdrop for this emerging business that’s rooted in self-growth and overcoming challenges.

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Connect2Nicu
Shante Nixon
Website

Connect2nicu is developing web and mobile apps to help health care providers and parents who have babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. They are a team of world-class health professionals, developers, testers, analysts and creative thinkers who collectively address NICU issues with technical solutions.


Lactation Link
Lindsey Shipley
Website

Lactation Link offers online breastfeeding classes, e-Consults, in-person breastfeeding classes and in-person breastfeeding consultations. Drawing on personal experience, Lindsey aims to educate the many mothers looking for guidance during this critical time.

*Thanks for reading. Note that we’ll announce the July winner by Friday the 11th.

2017 June Amber Grant Finalists

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Sanjeevita
Sanjeevita By Audubon
Vaishali Ketkar
Website

Sanjeevita by Audubon was started with one goal: to provide consumers with an all-natural personal care line that they could trust. Their products go beyond the “natural” and “organic” labels by using the right raw materials, components, and manufacturing processes. The result — scientifically-formulated personal care products that are not only safe to use every day but can help to improve quality of life.


Goûter
Violaine Orban
Website

Goûter is an alkaline water-based superfood company providing unprocessed, nutrient-dense, real food options for people on the go. They use premium organic ingredients to create the purest beverage that your body can use as clean fuel. Their mission is to change the face of snacking and provide clean fuel alternatives that nourish and energize the body in a fast, easy and accessible way.


Baby Bay Box
Anna Dailey
Website

Baby Bay Box is a virtual hand-me-down network that aims to revolutionize the way parents shop for their babies and toddlers. Drawing on personal experience, Anna has seen how much parents spend for rapidly-growing young childen. So, her goal is to cut costs for parents, reduce time spent shopping in-store, and minimize environmental impact.


Veterans Resort
Elizabeth Bannon
Website

Veterans Resort allows all U.S. military veterans a 5 night stay in just-like-home mountain cabins for a discounted price. Several activities and amenities are geared towards the season of stay. A portion of the proceeds go towards funding for Operation Homefront Heroes.

Mama Joy Foods
Mama Joy Foods
Joy Leeper
Website

Mama Joy Foods’ goal is to help people maintain their diets and save them time by selling baked goods with only natural ingredients. All of their foods are gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free. Most foods are also Paleo and Vegan Friendly, too.

Congratulations to the finalists — we will announce the winner shortly!

2017 May Amber Grant Finalists

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Intero
Intero
Rebecca Rogers
Website

Intero VR helps athletes achieve their potential by reducing stress, fear, and anxiety through visualization. Their VR training apps connect people in order to create a sense of community and support. They’ve introduced the first headset designed specifically for athletes, one that’s form-fitting, ventilated, lightweight, has a larger field of view, and looks cool. This headset can be used with athletic training machines as well as for personal visualization without a machine.
Resthetics
Rose Xie
Website

Resthetics is a medical device company that aims to convert waste anesthesia gas into a safe renewable resource. Resthetics has technology that can capture these waste anesthesia gases in the operating room and prevent the release of toxic gases into our environment. The company’s core technology, a porous crystalline organic framework, originated from interdisciplinary research conducted at the University of Houston.

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Easily Amused Productions
Chrissy Fagerholt
Website

Friend or Faux helps recall memories, unveil truths and laugh at life’s funny but all-too-real moments: first kisses, bad hair styles, and questionable choices made when we were younger. Friend or Faux is often surprising, at times risqué but always revealing. After two years of research and development and over 300 play testers, they’ve discovered people are craving face-to-face interaction, especially the millennial generation.
PUVI
Daniella Alejandra Henry
Website

PUVI strives to make innovative, multi-use products. Their newest product is a patent-pending hair accessory that aims to revolutionize the way girls with curls tie their hair. The PUVItie allows the user to control how loose (or tight) the hair tie is. It is made of 100% silk, preventing breakage and those pesky ponytail creases.

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STEMed Academy
Emily Silveira
Website

STEMed Academy evolved because of a passion for science and a dire need in the homeschool community. Their motto is: Think like a scientist. Teach like a teacher. Love like a parent. While the main paid product is curriculum, STEMed Academy also provides parent training in science education to better equip them with the skills to bring science to life in their homes.

Congratulations to the finalists — we will announce the winner shortly!

2017 April Amber 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.

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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 Amber 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.

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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!