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Michael Carpanzano’s Submission Selected in Lunch Hour 2


We announced last week that we’ve currently selected two inventions from our Lunch Hour 2 Search, and we’re excited to introduce one of those inventors – Michael Carpanzano! Michael has invented an electrical product that is set to become an instant household staple, especially as the number of devices used by individuals and families continues to grow.

Learn a little about Michael:

Growing up in Connecticut, Michael’s dad was a scientist and engineering-tinkerer, giving Michael lots of tools and resources at his disposal. Michael came up with his first invention at the age of six, and began to take his ideas a bit more seriously at 14, when he came up with a stroller idea. Earning a degree in business, Michael continued to invent over the years and began prototyping what he felt were his best ideas. When asked what advice he has for other inventors, Michael said, “Have lots of ideas. You have to go through a lot of bad ideas before you get to a good one, and sometimes the one you don’t think is the best, turns out to be the best.”

Ideas selected in our Lunch Hour searches can take many different routes to commercialization. Michael’s invention is set to take the DRTV route and will soon begin ASOTV testing.

Please join us in congratulating Michael!

Search Update: Lunch Hour 2

Great ideas can come at all times of the day, but often the Lunch Hour is the time we seem to be able to work on “our ideas.” Well the EN community certainly showed us that they have made their lunch breaks productive!

Our teams have worked through the review process, which culminated in an intense final meeting last Tuesday where we used a blind scoring process to tabulate submission grades, and we have been very impressed with the quality and potential of the submitted ideas. We have two submissions that will be announced as selected innovations for the Lunch Hour 2 Live Product Search, but we didn’t think that was enough. We have a second tier of submissions that we feel have potential and are deserving of recognition. For that reason, we will opt these ideas into the Insider Licensing Program FREE of charge.

The licensing team has already been hard at work on many of the ideas submitted. We’ve created licensing presentations that have been deployed and shared with potential commercialization partners, and with the announcement of the selected inventors, we will also share some exciting news about the deals that are in place or are close to being finalized for those products to go to market.

We are confident that many of the ideas in this next tier may also end up with the right partner and with a great deal. We will soon be contacting the inventors behind those ideas to confirm their acceptance of our free opt-in offer for the Insider Licensing Program.

A momentum has been building with more and more licensing deals getting secured here at Edison Nation, and we are excited about the deals that will blossom out of the Lunch Hour series!

This Just In: Five New Licensing Deals Signed Today!

We have some exciting news to share! If you had stopped by Edison Nation HQ this morning, you would have heard our inner-office bell ring loudly and proudly five times :)

You may remember a blog post we wrote about why some search sponsors choose to remain anonymous when hosting a Live Product Search.

The message we hoped to convey was this: just because a company wishes to keep their name hidden, doesn’t mean they aren’t serious about wanting to find new product ideas.

We’re excited to tell you that this morning, our team signed five licensing deals with the host of the anonymous BBQ search. Scott and team are making contact now to give the news to your fellow community members, so more details to come on these inventors and their inspirations soon.

Inventing food for thought: this anonymous manufacturer behind the BBQ search? They are also behind the first Quick Hit search for new can openers. We hope today’s news “opens” up some new inspiration for you all!

Bed Lifts Proves to be a Back-to-School Success

During the 2012 Back-to-School season, we announced the debut of Jonathan C. Smith’s Bed Lifts in select Bed Bath & Beyond stores. We’re excited to share that last year’s testing period proved to be a huge success! Due to such a strong performance, Bed Lifts are now rolling out in all Bed Bath & Beyond stores nationwide!

Bed Lifts appear in Bed Bath & Beyond’s July 2013 Back-to-School circular:


…And they’re even making news! Read about Bed Lifts on Gizmodo.

Congrats to Jonathan C. Smith on this product’s continued success!


 Have you ever thought, “wouldn’t it be cool if…”?

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Even if you don’t have an invention idea right now you can still join Edison Nation for free and learn from our community why we’re the trusted source for bringing product ideas to market.

Six New ASOTV Selections

Congrats to five members (and their six ideas!) that have been selected for As Seen On TV testing! Meet the lucky inventors below, then leave a comment to congratulate them on this big step toward success for their ideas.

Kitty StallingsKitty Stallings: Born in Marks, MS, but currently a resident of Burbank, CA, Kitty Stallings has been everything from a professional singer in a band and a hairstylist, to a computer draftsman and live theater performer. It’s through this diverse professional portfolio that she has developed a tremendous creative spark. Kitty’s love for music and talent for innovation helped her come up a toy idea that should bring giggles to kids everywhere.




Andy MeekerAndy Meeker: Working to oversee props in a hit Broadway show has made Andy particularly adept at creating whole new worlds when needed. Born in Tigard, Oregon, this New York City resident has always been an idea person — he gets that from his mother — and spends his days on the set dreaming of ways to solve everyday problems. He also carries a passion for children and used his big ideas mentality to create a cool new product, hoping to encourage creativity and wonder in children, whom he feels are falling prey to a digital world.



Brandy MaraffiBrandy Maraffi: Born in Hertford, NC but currently residing in Charlotte, NC, Brandy’s membership in Edison Nation seemed to be fate. Brandy repeatedly came across articles about Edison Nation or heard the name at conferences, so decided to go to the website and take a look at the searches. That curiosity led her to find a search opportunity that was perfect for her love of beauty products and problem solving. Brandy has now created a product that helps make a common beauty process easier for women.



David Yakos

David Yakos: As an engineer by trade and inventor by nature, David loves constantly trying to reinvent the world. Starting with Popsicle stick wonders and cardboard spaceships, David moved on to indestructible dog toys and valves for NASA as a co-owner of Salient Technologies. This resident of Bozeman, MT used his penchant for creation and passion for innovation to create two inventions that have both caught the attention of the ASOTV team.



Susan VSusan Van Volkenburg: Born and currently residing in Boca Raton, FL, Susan calls herself an “accidental inventor.” As a physical therapist, Susan spends her days working with geriatric patients rather than inventing – but while one day planning to purchase an item to solve a problem for her two young daughters, Susan quickly realized it didn’t exist, so she decided to create it herself. After showing it to her engineer father, she soon realized the manufacturing challenges that had prevented the product from being created. Susan didn’t let this stop her; she decided to find a solution so the product could become available for her family and other parents with small children.

Please join us in applauding these five inventors and wishing them success as their ideas prepare for on-air testing!

Good Housekeeping Search Selections Announced

Good HousekeepingEarlier this year, Good Housekeeping and Edison Nation teamed up to find the best, undiscovered new consumer products to bring to market. Well, after receiving great product submissions from our community we’re excited to share some results!

The Good Housekeeping team has made their selections and wish to congratulate the following inventors on their invention ideas moving forward:

  • Marilyn Hilton – San Jose, CA
  • Priscilla Hawkins - Silver Springs, MD
  • Phillip Allred – Kernersville, NC
  • Frederick Robinson – Bellingham, MA
  • Elizabeth Wen-Tortora – Chapel Hill, NC
  • Peter Shaw – Southampton, NY
  • Robin Ferrante – Hartsdale, NY
  • Mai-Lis Bahr – Charlotte, NC
  • LeAura Alderson – Walkertown, NC
  • Michael Burchette – Harmony, NC
  • Gabe Gegoski – Rock Hill, SC
  • Karren Moreland – Phoenix, AZ
  • Nicholas Alcov – Arroyo Grande, CA
  • Team Talva (Don Darnell, Toni LaCava, Jane Jenkins, Chris Anderson, Sherri English)

So what’s next? The Edison Nation team will actively seek licensing and manufacturing partners on behalf of these inventors. Our goal is to turn these idea into real products available on the market. Beyond this, the Good Housekeeping team is excited to have new products that can be talked about in their magazine, blog, and within the walls of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.

We look forward to next steps in the development journey for each of these inventors. Congrats to all!


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Mike Chiarella Signs Licensing Deal with J&H International

Mike ChiarellaBig news for Glen Cove, NY resident and EN member Mike Chiarella! Mike has landed a licensing deal through our Insider Licensing Program with J&H International for his cooking product!

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mike grew up in the dry cleaning business and has now turned to a career in professional sales. Aside from his work experience, Mike has kindled a passion for cooking and has channeled that love into his new cooking innovation. Initially Mike attempted to market his invention on his own, but when he wasn’t able to make the progress he’d hoped for, he submitted his idea to us where our licensing team sealed the deal with J&H.


Please join us in congratulating Mike on his accomplishment; we’re excited to be a part of his success!


 So far we’ve earned over $200 million in sales for our inventors, all at no risk to them. Is your idea the next big thing?

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Even if you don’t have an invention idea right now you can still join Edison Nation for free and learn from our community why we’re the trusted source for bringing product ideas to market.

Jay Pupecki’s Idea Selected for ASOTV Testing

Jay_PupeckiCongratulations to Worchester, MA resident and EN member Jay Pupecki! His cooking innovation has been chosen by our As Seen On TV team for on-air testing!

Raised in Clinton, MA, Jay went to Wentworth Institute of Technology, studying industrial design. His interest in innovation extends beyond his education, however, as he has always had a passion for product development and problem solving, making him a perfect candidate for the EN community. He first discovered EN through Everyday Edisons, and has since been an active and loyal member of our community. Jay’s inspiration for his invention sprung from his frustration with the challenges of cooking, and he set out to create an easier way for himself and hopefully others with a commercially available product.

We’re so excited to be a part of Jay’s journey as we help him bring his idea to market! Congrats again, Jay!

Greg Myracle Gets a Licensing Deal with Worldwise

We’re excited to announce a new product licensing deal in the Edison Nation family through our Lunch Hour Live Product Search. To those of you who frequent the forums, Greg Myracle is no stranger! Please join us in congratulating Greg on his new licensing deal with the eco-friendly pet manufacturer, Worldwise.

Read Greg’s personal response to this news and learn more about him below!

About Greg Myracle:
A resident of Orange, VA, Greg works as a business development professional by day, but has always been an “idea person” by night. In 2008, Greg stumbled upon an episode of Everyday Edisons and instantly became a fan. At the conclusion of one of the episodes, Greg saw a promotion for Edison Nation and immediately became an active member.

Greg attributes his most recent invention to his wife and daughter, and of course their pets!

“I am a dog person and they are cat people. We have four cats and I am always complaining about how they run around at night for absolutely no reason,” Greg recalls. “However, because they are always running around doing the things that cats do, I picked up on a very distinctive behavior that is almost universal in all cats. I thought it would be great if I could box this behavior up and sell it on store shelves. Next, it was time to make a crude prototype and see if the cats would indeed respond to the prototype as intensely as they do to the real thing. So when I came home with a fire extinguisher, a pack of ponytail holders, two fuzzy dice, a waffle iron, and a piece of 18″x18″ ceramic tile, my wife thought I had lost my mind (just kidding, but my materials list was just about that random)! The next day as I headed off to work, all I could think about the entire day was coming home and starting on my project. However, when I arrived home, much to my surprise I found a fully-functional prototype waiting for me! My wife and girls had spent the better part of the day reworking the design and building their own version – the version we filmed in the proof of concept… and it worked! The fat cat loved it, the old cat loved it, the kittens loved it, and thankfully the company that licensed it loved it!

A huge thank you to everyone at Edison Nation for helping to make this dream a reality. And a huge thanks to the community for five years of support, encouragement, shared struggles, shared passion, laughs, tears and celebrations.”

Congratulations, Greg!



 So far we’ve earned over $200 million in sales for our inventors, all at no risk to them. Is your idea the next big thing?

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Even if you don’t have an invention idea right now you can still join Edison Nation for free and learn from our community why we’re the trusted source for bringing product ideas to market.

Mike Bland’s Scissortape Gets Decor Craft Inc. Licensing Deal

Congratulations are in order for EN member, Mike Bland. His product idea, Scissortape, has been licensed through our Insider Licensing Program and is now being sold by product design and distribution company, Decor Craft Inc.!

About Mike:

An Atlanta, Ga. native, Mike is a small business development professional who has always kept a notebook of his ideas. One of those ideas is an innovation that came to him while working in his home office one day. Mike realized he was using his scissors and tape almost exclusively together, so why not make them into one unit? Mike took the steps to patent his notebook of ideas, including Scissortape, and when a friend introduced him to Edison Nation, the Insider Licensing Program seemed to be a perfect fit. Mike submitted the invention and is now excited to see his patented product idea on the market!

Please join us in a huge congrats to Mike by posting a comment below!



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