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NEW SEARCH! Chefman is seeking BIG ideas for SMALL appliances

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Chefman is the fastest growing brand in kitchen electrics in North America.

Chefman is seeking various forms of innovation, whether hardware solutions to everyday challenges or software and mobile app technologies that enhance the user experience of small kitchen appliances.

The Chefman brand exists to fill a void on retail shelves and in consumer kitchens for a truly value-focused kitchen appliance. By questioning and adding value and innovation at every touch point in the manufacturer to end user journey, Chefman has provided home chefs with the tools they need to maximize their kitchen space and efficiency.

To learn more and share your ideas, click here!

Happy Inventing!

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Interesting...

Although there is not much info in their About section of the company's website regarding the corporation itself, Walmart.com is filled with Chefman products...must be a good company... 

The brand seems to be held by RjBrands... some holding company I think... 

Let's get at it again ;)

Jacob Downey
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Ooo!

How I do love cooking up prototypes!

Thanks for the info Sylvain =]

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Yowza! It took me like thirty seconds to get their sell sheet...sheesh

It's a waffle maker you fill from the top.

(I even had to start reading some of the words!)

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Need a little inspiration for this search? 

Check out our latest board on Pinterest featuring Innovative Small Kitchen Appliances!

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Dustbuster/trashcan!

What is your favorite small kitchen appliance from Michelle's post?

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There are two weeks left in this search. 

I spent some time on the Chefman website reading press releases, etc.  In my opinion this is a search you are going to want to enter if you have any innovations for small appliances.  This company is aggressive, nimble and fast growing.  They love innovation and new designs.  And they have a smart and unique business model.  Two weeks is time enough to come up with some great ideas.

Its definitely worth taking a second look at this search if you haven't already.

Best of luck  

Derrick James
Michelle Sartori
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Yes. Two weeks is enough time. But for what?

Hmm...

By Jove!

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Fred - you are spot on in your assessment. Let me explain further...ever since our introductory call where we learned about their vision and direction, we have had pretty regular calls during the search. The other day I was speaking with our contact about the timeline, discussing proposed dates of presentation, etc. and he asked how things were going, what types of submissions....basically was poking around to see if any sneak peek on highly regarded innovations so far.

So I took the opportunity to highlight a few concepts at 30,000 foot level, and he was intrigued....so much so that for one early submission that we have vetted through, we shared a video of the prototype. 

He spent some time on the call today trying to explain to me exactly how much he was smiling after seeing the video...and we also chatted about a couple of other interesting submissions....and they are very excited to see the final results of the search.

They are a very aggressive company in their growth plans, and how their products integrate into lifestyles, etc.

Going to be a fun ride with these folks !

Kristina Poindexter
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Thanks for stoking the fire Fred and Scott.  Will definitely have to take a long hard look at this one!

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Derrick

You are welcome.  Hopefully you will come up with something great and get your first of many G8s

Derrick James
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Prayers of spare time. With energy. To everyone.

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Hey guys! Still need some inspiration to come up with your ideas for this search? Check out our Pinterest board featuring innovative small kitchen appliances!

Search closes Monday, 11/6, at MIDNIGHT!

Happy Inventing!

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Had an idea I really liked but did some further research. Unfortunately, the laws of physics make it impractical.

Robert Pontius
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Lol as they do so much of the time. xp

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Hi my name is Matthew Miller  and I had a quick question  about the submission  is a microwave too large to be a small product

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Hi Matthew!

This is a bit borderline. Chefman does not currently have microwaves in their product line, but they do have countertop toaster ovens. If you feel your design is in alignment with their brand (chefman.com), you're welcome to submit.

Best of luck!

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Racing the clock to get my idea in!!!! Now that I've finished with the introductory Margaritaville products, I can finally get back to inventing. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get ideas that I've kept in my pocket into some presentable form. But this one is too much fun to pass up. So I'll be submitting an idea a bit prematurely, and crossing my fingers!!! Good luck, fellow EN inventors!!!

Michelle Sartori
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You and me both Rafael. I have SO many ideas in my notebooks, in my head and even in the form of working prototypes, but getting them into *presentable* form for submissions is a whole other ballgame, and time is the enemy!

Michelle Sartori
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Robert P - good to see another kindred spirit!  Yeah I have a whole bakery full of half-baked ideas! Are you in on this one?

Robert Pontius
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Rafael - alas I have a number of ideas that would be suitable but, as I said, time is the enemy and I just don't have time to get them in presentable form.

I may still get one or two in - I have until 3AM my time!

Michelle Sartori
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Waiting for my freshly filmed video to upload.

Oh, it's a ruff'n alrighty.

You know how; when you see like; the early prototype, then the next prototype, then the final product? Mine is like in between the first stage and before the first stage.

To EN & CHEFMAN,

Sorry for the late entry.

To all other last minute-r's,

Better late than never!

Robert Pontius
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So, I neglected to check and see what exactly Chefman manufactures...whoops

Erm, hmm, mostly electronic powered items... mine is manually operated...

blerg.

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Hi~

I submitted two ideas to this challenge. As it progresses through the stages, I was wondering if Chefman is involved from stage 1 or do they only see the ideas that get past a certain stage, for example, EN's Initial Review stage?

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Hi BearPaw! 

The Chefman team only reviews products that reach Stage 7 in the evaluation process - those that are considered Finalists. The Edison Nation evaluation team handles all review prior to that point, ensuring the partner sees the "best of the best" in presentation.

Thank you!

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Uh oh!!! R4 on one of my entries in this search :(  ... boo hoo. Still have my fingers crossed on the other entry.

Robert Pontius
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I received an R4 today for my only submission to this search. Best of luck to everyone still in it!

Rafael Avila
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Sorry to read about the R4's.

I hope that Everyone had an "Invent-spirational Thanksgiving!"

Chase workman
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Looks like my surviving G5 just went G6! Still alive!!! Best of luck, and sending good vibes to all my fellow G survivors on this one!

Robert Pontius
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Good luck Rafael - I get the feeling this is a pretty selective search so your surviving submission must be very, very good!

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Congrats Rafael! Got G6 as well, let's do this!

Michelle Sartori
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Felicitations Jim! Go get those licensing deals guys!

Michelle Sartori
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Thanks Robert P!!! Congrats to Jim Sage too!!! BTW Jim, great Inventor Spotlight! 

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Thanks Rafael & Robert,

Love the Challenge of EN and the Great community!

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Good Luck Jim and Rafael, Stay Green

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Sorry Robert on the R4.  It seems rare for you not to have something going to presentation.  Congrats Rafael and Jim.  My lone entry hit G6 today.  Hope we all hit G7.

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Thanks to all the well-wishers! and congratulations to Fred. Let's rock this with G7s!!!

Robert Pontius
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Received an R4 also...love to check in and see others who get past the dreaded R4!!

Rafael Avila
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 Bear paw 

 I have had plenty of the dreaded R4s.   I like what Robert says. You have to go through a lot of R4s  to get to a G8.    

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I just popped in to check my dashboard and saw G7 on this one! Woo hoo!!! Fred, I hope you're in there with a G7 too. We got this!!!!

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Yes Sir Rafael

I joined you today with a G7.  I will be seeing you on Thursday at presentation.

Yah, we got this.

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I'm in G7, congrats Fred and Rafael! let's go 3 for 3!

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  1. Congrats Jim
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Congrats Everyone!!!

I just added a prototype video etc. and resubmitted my R4 for this search to the "All Category" search - it may not be right for Chefman but maybe it will hit the right buttons for someone else.

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Great attitude Robert! One of my favorite books is "Getting it Right the Second Time." So many iconic products failed or were rejected out of the gate. But the manufacturer or marketer reworked the product or its marketing position and bam!! Huge success!!! Cheers Robert. Best of luck in All Cat!

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Hey guys!

It's Presentation Day!

We've got 11 Finalists for this search!

We'll be back in once we have feedback from the Chefman team!

Best of luck to all!

Rafael Avila
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Hey guys!

So, strike that, we actually have 12 submissions in this search! We had an inventor who had initially been declined who received feedback, updated his submission and opted it into the All Category Search with the notation that he would love to have the opportunity to have it reconsidered for Chefman.

To learn more about searches and the opt in process, you may (wink wink) want to check out Room 5 today!

Rafael Avila
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Never give up hope! I took my declined/R4 Chefman search submission (which had previously received another R4 in ASOTV) and re-submitted it to "All Category" with pretty heavy-duty enhancements based on feedback and including additional material (mainly a prototype demo video) I had been working on for a while. I sent an email alerting EN that I had re-submitted/insider opted-in and improved my submission. I also expressed my belief that it could still be suitable for Chefman or for another company.

Lo and behold, my previously-declined idea was #12 presented to Chefman today! Whatever happened today, I'm glad I didn't give up on this idea! I have other submissions/ideas that I have justifiably let go, either based on EN's feedback or my own analysis, but some of them are worth pounding away at...

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Makes me rethink some of my R's. Way to work Robert! Sure would like to be a fly on the wall at presentation.

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Jim, I read your recent interview with EN. I was very suprised no-one commented on the entire article. It was very inspiring, thank you.

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Thanks Chase, not comfortable talking about my history but it was cool to replay the ride. I wouldn't change a thing.

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Way to persevere Robert!

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Hi guys and Happy Friday!

Wanted to provide a quick update following yesterday's presentation!

Overall everything went very well. There were good conversations around several of the items.

Chefman is looking closely at several of the items. We also started some conversations around Edison Nation/Enventys Partners and Chefman working jointly on product development and marketing for some of the concepts.

We'll have a narrowed down list by the end of next week. Their lead didn't eliminate any yesterday as he is meeting with a few additional team members who will be back in their office next week before making any final decisions.

Thanks to all and we'll be back next week in this thread with more information!

Rafael Avila
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Thanks for the update Michelle - here's to a long and fruitful partnership between EN/Enventys and Chefman!

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Thanks Michelle

That sounds very promising.  Thanks also to the team at Edison Nation for all of their hard work and for being a great partner.   Couldn’t ask for anything more in a company to partner with.

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Awesome! In the immortal words of Scott Dromms, "green is good." Have a great green weekend my fellow greenies! And thanks to Michelle and the rest of the EN crew for a wonderful search!

Kristina Poindexter
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EN professional Team + Community ideas = no brainer for more companies like Chefman. Let's keep building something Great!

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Hi Michelle! Any updates?

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Hi Rafael!

Thanks so much for your patience! We expect to hear some additional news today and either myself or Scott will be in the thread with an update.

Thanks again!

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Thanks Michelle! Fingers crossed!!!

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Hi guys!

We just checked in with the Chefman team and wanted to forward their response:

"Unfortunately on the day that we were supposed to review some of the team had to reschedule and I am still waiting on them for a new date.

I am very frustrated about this..."

As you can see, our contact is as frustrated as we are in the delay. As soon as they are able to reschedule and have an update, we'll post here. Thank you all for your patience!

Rafael Avila
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Happy New Year to all! Any updates from Chefman?

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Hi Rafael!

Happy New Year! We are awaiting word from the Chefman team and will update this thread as soon as we hear back.

Thanks!

Rafael Avila
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Any updates?

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Hi Rafael,

Nothing yet, as soon as we receive word back from the Chefman team, we'll update here. 

Thank you all for continued patience!

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Good afternoon EN community. We wanted to share an update in regards to the Chefman search. Our contact at Chefman, their Chief Strategy Officer, updated us on the state of affairs in regards to the search, as well as Chefman. 

Having been tasked with driving innovation forward for Chefman, he has spent time during 2017 with the build out of a product development team, which was a new approach for their business. Through the second half of the year, they worked with Edison Nation and a few other resources to look at innovation and develop a growth plan.

From the Edison Nation search there was an innovation of very high interest. Our contact and his team leads spent November and December with the prototype. We set up a call to introduce the innovator to the Chefman team for an exploratory development conversation.

Ultimately, despite their interest in this innovation, as well as a few others from the search, the contact has had to take a brief break in their building/growth process. As some of their new team returned from Asia over the past two weeks, they realized that they needed to continue to further build out their product development team and bring in new members. Our contact has brought in an industry veteran with experience in building out these teams that is working to ramp up their capabilities and get them into a place where they are more ready to go full speed ahead with developing these innovations.

Because of this reset, the contact is not moving into any licensing deals at this time from the search. That being said, he is hopeful to revisit some of these top concepts in the future, just at a time where he feels that Chefman will best be able to support the concepts and the innovators behind the concepts.

He was very pleased with what was presented to him from you, and is thankful that the door is open for future discussions around the innovations of the Edison Nation community.

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Well it was an exciting ride! Hopefully they'll be back soon. Cheers everyone!

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Bummer, I was hoping they would be back soon, got some more kitchen appliance ideas.

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Hi Jim! You're always welcome to submit those ideas to the All Category Search.

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Sorry to hear about their decision. The most frustrating R8 is when they like the product but a change strategic direction leads to a no. Has happened to all the vets of this site. 

Better luck next time.

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Thanks Michelle! Will do!

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