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I got a press release today about an interesting contest (grant) for innovative moms. Here’s the official release:
This Motherâ€™s Day, May 11, Whirlpool brand will kick-off the fourth annual Mother of Invention Grant Program â€“ just in time for the 100th anniversary of Motherâ€™s Day. In the past three years, Whirlpool brand has recognized and helped more than 15 moms turn their innovative ideas into reality.
The Whirlpool brand Mother of Invention Grant Program provides seed money and expert guidance to moms to turn their invention, business or service ideas into full-fledged businesses. Contest winners receive:
- A $20,000 grant for the grand prize winner
- $24,000 in grant money for the four runners-up
- Appliance prizes
- Invitation to business boot camp where winners will receive guidance from Whirlpool and industry experts
This year, we are greening the program by adding a new category focused on moms who create an environmentally friendly product/service or use natural/recycled materials to create their invention.
More information and entry forms can be found at www.whirlpool.com/moms, May 11. Entries are accepted through July 31, 2008.
Last year’s grand prize winner “created the Quick Change Crib, which gives parents direct access to the crib’s mattress so that sheets can be changed simply by sliding the mattress out and back into the crib.” Sounds pretty cool.
Maybe the invention you keep telling your husband about could be next.