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Tomorrow, eight makers will each take the mound over at Fenway Park for The Grommet's second annual Product Pitch competition. Split into two groups, "ready for market" and "ready for crowdfunding," the products are describes as "life hacks" meant to solve everyday problems in a clever way with hopes of getting into The Grommet's online marketplace. A panel of judges determine a winner for each category who will receive a suite of resources including mentorship and exposure from The Grommet, Indiegogo, and Boston.com to successfully launch their items.
The finalist that piques our interest most is Lowell-based Bringrr, a two-pronged system that solves the ever frustrating debacles of a) forgetting your valuables (keys, phone, wallet) behind and b) trying to find them when you do. Basically, a small colorful BringTag sends a bluetooth beacon to your phone, directing you to those pesky misplaced items through the app. In addition, the Bringrr car charger alerts you when driving away without those same items in tow. The team successfully raised more than its $75,000 Kickstarter goal and is taking pre-orders for both its BringTags ($19 for one) and packages bundling the Bringrr charger with either one, four, or eight BringTags ($49 to $149).
Watch tomorrow's live feed on Boston.com or follow on Twitter under the #ProductPitch hashtag to stay updated on the competition winners.
· Submit Your Hack for The Grommet's Product Pitch [Racked Boston]
· Product Pitch [The Grommet]
· Bringrr [Official Site]