- Erin Barry at Power Pitch1 day ago
Imagine walking down the grocery aisle, holding a small laser gadget and scanning an apple to see how much sugar it contains, how many calories it has, or even if it's ripe. It may sound like science fiction—but one start-up has created the app that makes it a reality. And the founders believe its potential is enormous.
"SCiO is the first molecular sensor that fits in the palm of your hand. It scans the molecular fingerprints of materials and sends instant relevant information to your smartphone," pitched Dror Sharon, co-founder of Consumer Physics, which is behind the SCiO.
Sharon had 60 seconds to make his pitch and convince a panel of experts, and you, his company has what it takes to become the next big thing. The panel included Clara Sieg, partner with Revolution Ventures, Stephanie Palmeri, principal at SoftTech VC and Mark Siegel, a managing director at Menlo Ventures. CNBC anchor Mandy Drury was the host.
Will the panel be intrigued? Watch the video to find out!
Pocket-sized molecular scanner
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch9 days ago
Eyeglass wearers unite. One recent MBA graduate is rebelling against the high cost—and high maintenance—of prescription eyewear.
"It's time for glasses to change," Konrad Billetz said.
Billetz founded start-up, Frameri, in July, with one mission: "No more changing frames every time your prescription changes or overpaying for glasses."
Billetz had 60 seconds to pitch his big vision to a panel with Maveron Partner David Wu; Cuurio Chief Marketing Officer Kelly Hoey; and University of Pennsylvania's E-Commerce Professor, David Bell.
Will the panel see his big idea clearly or be out on his new look? Watch the video above to find out.
Framing the business
Billetz started wearing bulky, corrective lenses at age 11—after a childhood friend accidentally shot him in the eye with a BB gun. Eventually, he got tired of wearing the same glasses every day but couldn't find a style he liked.
Now his e-commerce start-up, Frameri, offers interchangeable lenses and frames. Billetz hopes to make changing eyewear as easy as changing your outfit.
"We design glasses for actual glasses wearers," he told CNBC.
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch16 days ago
Traffic jams, parking nightmares—traveling in a city can be a pain. Florida resident Matt Belcher has the answer to make trips around town easier and more fun with his "smart" skateboard.
"The Marbel electric skateboard is a lightweight, fast and easy-to-use form of transportation. It is the lightest electric vehicle in the world weighing at only 9 pounds," he says.
CNBC gave the founder 60 seconds to pitch to a panel of experts—and viewers—that his company will ride to success.
The panel included Andrew Mitchell, the founder and managing partner of Brand Foundry; Greg Selkoe, the CEO of Karmaloop; and Don Brown, a world champion skateboarder and chief brand strategist at Sole Technology. CNBC anchor Mandy Drury hosted the segment.
Will they get on board? Watch the video to find out!
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch22 days ago
No more granny panties, says Stefanie Mnayarji, co-founder of lingerie start-up Luxxie Boston. Mnayarji left a career in quantitative finance to face a new equation: how to highlight a woman's sexy curves without compromising style or comfort.
"You can think of us as Agent Provocateur meets Under Armour," Mnayarji said. "In the year 2014 women deserve to no longer have to torture themselves to look good."
The company launched a Kickstarter campaign six weeks ago, and Mnayarji said Luxxie Boston broke through its funding goal by 211 percent. But will our "Power Pitch" panelists get behind the start-up?
Watch Stefanie Mnayraji show off her big idea in just 60 seconds to the panel of angel investor Divya Gugnani, Cuurio Chief Marketing Officer Kelly Hoey and FirstMark capital founder Lawrence Lenihan. The segment was hosted by CNBC's Mandy Drury. Will this founder slip up or will her sexy pitch sell? Watch the above video to find out.
Mnayarji told CNBC she was tired of adjusting her skirt and dealing with other wardrobe malfunctions during the workday.
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch29 days ago
Alex Furmansky's little sister, Michelle, would come home from school with creative artwork. The family would display it on the fridge for a few days, but soon the drawings wound up in the attic. Meanwhile, Michelle would be entertained by her collection of stuffed animals.
"I dreamed of a way of combining her original art with her love for plush toys," said Furmansky. So after toying with the idea for several months, he founded the start-up, Budsies.
Watch Alex Furmansky show off his custom toys in just 60 seconds to a Power Pitch panel with former toy retail executive, Rachel Jarrett, President of K'Nex Brands, Michael Araten, and co-founder and COO of Expansion VC, Ryan Melohn. Will the panelists be buddy-buddy with Budsies or call it child's play?
Paper to Plush
Furmansky is no toymaker. But he said he's partnered with some top designers to create an online destination for designing custom plush toys. And he's made it pretty easy. Customers just snap a picture of the artwork and email firstname.lastname@example.org. Next, a team of designers, cutters, and seamstresses coordinate to complete the final Budsies plush toy.
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch1 mth ago
What do Bradly Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, and Brad Pitt have in common? Besides being part of Hollywood's elite, they also shared a moment in Twitter history. The "selfie" snapped by Cooper, and posted by DeGeneres, became one of the most retweeted posts ever.
Well now there's a start-up that is trying to make every selfie look as perfect as possible (minus the celebs).
"Our mission is to light front facing camera users while they take selfies, skype, or facetime so they can look amazing, even in the dark," explained Allan Shoemake, president of Glow Enterprises, which makes the LuMee Case.
Shoemake had 60 seconds to make his pitch to Wired Magazine writer Issie Lapowsky, NEA Partner Patrick Chung, Maveron Principal Rebecca Kaden and CNBC host Mandy Drury. But will the Power Pitch panel think his idea is the next big thing, or just a shot in the dark? Watch the video above to find out!
Lightbulb goes off
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch1 mth ago
Sometimes we need the perfect way to say "I love you" or "I'm thinking of you," or even "I screwed up!" But what happens when the flowers you send don't resemble what you paid for? Start-up BloomNation hopes to nip that in the bud.
"At the end of the day we ended up getting something that was delivered in a box or looked nothing like we saw on the Internet. We got so tired we had to do something about it," pitched co-founder David Daneshgar.
Daneshgar along with co-founder Farbod Shoraka had 60 seconds to pitch their big idea to our panel of experts including: Jenny Lefcourt, Freestyle Capital Investor and founder of the WeddingChannel.com, Kent Bennett, Bessemer Ventures Partner, and Eurie Kim, Forerunner Ventures Principal. Watch the video to find out if they were in or out!
Poker to petals
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch1 mth ago
One man says he has the answer to making sure you get the all the daily vitamin intake you need without ever taking a pill again.
Ray Doustdar is the CEO and founder of Buiced Inc., which produces a liquid multi-vitamin which he claims gives your body 100 percent daily value of vitamins from in a single 1-ounce dosage.
"I'm just trying to help people get their vitamins on a daily basis," said the founder.
Doustdar had just 60 seconds to Power Pitch his big idea to a panel of experts with Dr. David Katz, founding director at Yale University's Prevention Research Center; Richard Demb, CEO of Abe's Market; and Nikhil Kalghatgi, a partner at Vast Ventures.
Will his pitch be "Buiced" enough to get our panelists going? Click the video above to find out.
A hard pill to swallow
In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more of half of U.S. adults use dietary supplements--including multivitamins, minerals and herbs. Doustdar was one of these multivitamin takers, but said he never enjoyed swallowing those "horse pills."
"I would get nauseated each and every time that I would take pill form vitamins," he said.
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch2 mths ago
One start-up is trying to make a major splash in the sharing economy this summer. But instead of renting out houses and cars—this company is hitting the water.
“There's not a boater on the planet today that gets to use their boat as often as they'd like,” Aaron Hall told CNBC. Hall is on a mission to change this with his start-up, Boatbound, a company he says will make boating more accessible and more affordable.
Hall pitched his big idea to Power Pitch panelists Yao Huang, managing partner of The Hatchery, Kanyi Maqubela, venture partner at Collaborative Fund and Peter Isler, an internationally renowned sailor and American Sailing Association board member. Will his pitch sail the high seas with this panel or be dead in the water? Click the video above to find out.
Hall, a life-long boater, had trouble renting a boat during a family vacation. The marina said all its rental boats were booked. “Yet everywhere I looked around me, there were hundreds of boats sitting unused. I immediately saw an opportunity to solve a problem,” Hall told CNBC.
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch2 mths ago
Kristen McClellan hated taking time out of her vacation to apply sunscreen. The process was time consuming, and if she missed those pesky, hard to reach spots she’d burn. McClellan thought there just had to be a better way and started developing a solution while still a student at Cornell University.
“I really think SnappyScreen is going to be the next big thing for sunscreen application. We’re not only going to make this easier for people but really provide something that is going to help the epidemic of skin cancer,” McClellan said.
McClellan “Power Pitched” her start-up to panelists Women Innovate Mobile co-founder Kelly Hoey, Prevention magazine’s beauty and lifestyle director Olessa Pindak, and Lucaspoint Ventures founder and CEO Adam Quinton. Will the panelists think this business has a bright future? Click the video above to find out!
Sun Protection 2.0