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NEW SEARCH! Pampered Chef is looking for innovative kitchen products to help make fresh food preparation fast and easy!

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Pampered Chef uses the power of cooking to help people share moments with family and friends by making cooking faster or easier to so they can get fresh and inspiration meals on the table.

Pampered Chef is looking for innovative kitchen products to help make fresh food preparation fast and easy.

To learn more and share your ideas, click here!

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Hmmmmm...this one has my wheels turning.

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Fantastic!

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I'm in! Let's go group!

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Hey guys!

We're SUPER excited about this search. Stay tuned to the blog next week for an awesome story about our contact at PC...

Good luck!

Robert Pontius
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Mmm...

Get your Kitch-on!

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Hi guys!

Did you know it's National Walking Day today? To celebrate, we're sharing an inspiring story from our contact at Pampered Chef. 

Read more here, and then, go out and take a walk! :)

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I just heaved what I thought was a Basketball; at what appeared to be a sports goal. 

I wish I had more time to gauge the shot; and figure out if it's even the right arena.

Best of luck to everyone!

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I have 2 Sparks for this search I will be submitting! Good luck to everyone participating in this search!

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Hey guys! 

Get some inspiration for this search with our latest Learning from InvENtors post!

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I'm in with two, likely a couple more by the end.

I love to cook and am easily annoyed by bad design, great combo for this search.

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That's awesome Daniel.  There's so many kitchen gadgets out there now that I can't think of a thing.  Good luck!

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Wishing everyone luck on this search. Kitchen stuff in America has been hot for years, I personally have a few Pampered Chef products myself and generally like their products. I hope to file a PPA and get an idea/concept in on this serach before it closes in a few weeks.

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In with 3 concepts, really inspired by this search and the story.

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Hi, Chase. 

No need for a PPA when submitting to EN, they’ll protect upur idea. 

Good luck. 

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Hi Daniel, 

I realize there is no need for a PPA (with Edison Nation), filing a PPA or NPA is not a problem in exchange for piece of mind. Solidifying words on paper does help though if there are troubles down the road. 

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Chase,

Sometimes that road is 13 months long.

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currently working on 5 product ideas. I lv this category.

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Hey guys! 

The FINAL countdown is on for this search! Get those last minute ideas in this weekend! Search closes on 5/15 at MIDNIGHT!

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Hi guys!

Last call for this search! Get those ideas into Pampered Chef before midnight (PST) tonight!

Best of luck to all!

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Michelle - does the Pampered Chef Search close *tonight*, May 14 at midnight or *tomorrow* night May 15 at midnight?

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Deadline:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
at 11:59PM Pacific Time.

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Wow, I jumped the gun...normally our searches close on Mondays and my calendar was incorrect. My sincere apologies, but BONUS, extra day! 

To clarify, Mark is correct, the search ends TONIGHT at midnight EST.

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I made 8 submissions for the Pampered Chef search. To date I've lost 4 of them to the redness, but still have 4 "live" (all G3's or G4's). I'm embarrassed to say one one of my submissions, though it is a "kitchen gadget," wasn't really even in the ballpark for the search! (or as EN politely put it: "doesn't quite match the criteria outlined for this specific search")...

Anyone else want to share an update?

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One submission - Iam in half way! 

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Congrats Chase - stage 4 seems to be the hardest to pass. I estimate that 80% of my failed submissions don't make it past stage 4 and only 20% fail at R5-R8 combined.

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Thanks Robert for your tid bits of knowledge and forum activity. Best of of luck to everyone still in.

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Both submissions at "final consideration."

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Congrats Rex - that is absolutely fantastic!

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Out with a red 5.....it was actually a resubmission of an idea in a prior search that got to finalist stage. Going backwards, I guess.

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Congrats to Rex, Robert and Chase for still being green. No presentation date announced so any green is good. Sorry, Mark. I'm in at G5 and G6.

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Should see a presentation date confirmed shortly, should be taking place before June 15th. 

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In with 2 G6's, lovin this search, fingers crossed. Good luck to all still in!

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Update - I'm down to 3 still "live" from my original 8 submissions: 2 G4's and 1 G5. 

Interesting thing is that the G5 submission presents a rough CARDBOARD prototype while many of my other submissions were 3D-printed and fairly refined. 

Goes to show it's the basic IDEA, communicated well through whatever means - not a slick presentation - that seems to be most determinative of a submission's success.

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Hey Robert, got a R8 on Apothecary Products, they said they liked the idea but because of new aquisitions and more products added to the line they are passing for now. My question is would you wait or submit to other companies?

Just curious on your thoughts.

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@Jim - I got similar feedback for my last 2 R8's with Apothecary (just came through within the last week). Those 2 concepts admittedly need some additional engineering and development (though the concepts are sound, demonstrable, and I think exciting). Apothecary basically said they couldn't commit development resources at this time and so were releasing them back to me.

I think Apothecary is a uniquely perfect partner in terms of their desire for innovation and their penetration into ALL of the stores that carry consumer healthcare products, so I'd be inclined to wait for them.

That said, my strategy is to continue to develop those two ideas and then (when ready) submit to EN's "Consumer Healthcare" search or Insider Licensing Program (if I get provisional patents). Since EN has a close relationship with Apothecary I trust the ideas with get in front of Apothecary when/if appropriate and, if not, it opens the possibility that EN might be able to find another suitable partner for which my products are both right/attractive AND hit them at the right time in their product/line development cycle.

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Thanks Robert, I felt you would have a good perspective on this. Good call on resubmit to EN healthcare search.

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I passed stage 4. This is super exciting.

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@Vee R - congrats - in my opinion/experience stage 4 is the hardest to pass.

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Hi guys!

It's official! The presentation for this search is set for 

Wednesday, June 13!

Best of luck to all!

Robert Pontius
Chase Fisher
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Not drinking the coolaid here but I have to say I am very thankful for EN team bringing such high quality companies in for searches. For years I tried to get to big companies but timing wasn't right or the gate keepers were too tough to get past. Thanks again EN!

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Hi guys!

A quick update on the presentation. In finalizing the details of the presentation, the Pampered Chef team opted to include several of their category managers in the meeting. Because there are now more players, we had to adjust the timing. We are currently waiting on a confirmation but the presentation date will now either be June 28 or July 10. 

We will know more as we get closer to the first date and we'll keep you informed on your Dashboards and in this forum. 

For now, we're going to move the presentation date to 6/28.

While this is pushing the timing, it is a good thing - having the decision makers at the table in the beginning will hopefully yield quicker decisions.

Thanks to all for your patience and can't wait to share more updates soon!

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Thanks for the update. Have all the finalists been chosen?

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Hi Mike!

Folks will see updates up until the presentation date. Definitely keep an eye on your Dashboard - green is good!

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I got an email from E.N. - I am a G7 finalist for the search. :) pretty exciting...Sounds like there is likely several other finalists as well, all the best to everyone!

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Congrats Chase. Wow - presentation is today - that really snuck up on me!

I'm in too.

Good luck everybody!

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Hi Robert.  I think Michelle said the presentation was tentatively moved to June 28, or could be as late as July 10.

BTW, I see you are closing fast and furiously on 1,000,000 insider points.  At the pace you are going, you should have it this month or next, then free Insider membership for life.

I noticed the other day that Rob F is also closing in on the milestone.  Must be something about that name.  I thought Rob F used to post occasionally, but his profile doesn't show any posts at all.  Not even the headers FOROM POSTS | MICRO BLOG appear.  Hmmm, Interesting.  Nonetheless, the Rob's are high-octane inventors.

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Uhhh…  How difficult would it be to change my name to Robert??? Just askin'.   :  )

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Congrats Chase and Robert. I'm in with two G7s. Looks like a few weeks til presentation so we'll have many more in the club by then.

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Awesome! Best of luck Daniel

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@Derrick - thanks - I missed those date discussions (my job has been super demanding these last few weeks so I've been on the forum less frequently). Maybe that will give me a bit more time to fine-tune before the presentation! You could always change your handle to Derrick "Rob" James if you want to join the club.

William - you could be "Billy Bob" since Billy is a diminutive of William and Bob is a diminutive of Robert - in fact I think you have a good claim to being a Robert as is.

Congrats Daniel - I have 2 G7's as well and one laggard G4.

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Congrats all in! I have 2 G7s!

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I have four G7s in this search. It only takes one. Good luck everyone.

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I am a bit new to the EN submission process, with the G7 ideas stacking up for Pampered Chef I wonder what the final selection process is. Does Pampered Chef select only 1 idea they consider the best? Or do they possibly license all ideas they like? Please forgive my lack of knowledge of this has already been covered. 

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Hi Chase! 

These are great questions. Following the presentation, the team at Pampered Chef will select invention ideas they want to do additional due diligence on. Once that due diligence period is concluded, they report back to us which ideas they'd like to move forward with licensing.

There is no limit to how many Pampered Chef will choose at either point. We're obviously rooting for as many as possible.

Congrats to all the G7s!

Robert Pontius
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Hi guys!

It's presentation day! Congratulations to all finalists and good luck!

We'll be back likely tomorrow morning with an update!

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Hello EN community - Really good meeting this afternoon with the team at Pampered Chef. Great catching up with Bill B. (love his life story for those that had read the earlier Blog announcement about Pampered Chef) and meeting three additional key members of his Dream Team. Good conversations during the presentation, open dialogue about the submissions and some thoughful feedback where possible, with really interesting insight into their industry. Many indutries get the "feel" of their product results looking at sales reports, and while that is still an element with P.C., they also have such high level of interaction with their market, their sellers and customers, very insightful.

Anyways, we had 32 innovations presented to their team, and am very pleased to say that 12 still stand coming out of the meeting. We will begin to update dashboards over next 24 hours, and will be reaching out to some innovators with additional questions that the team at P.C. may have had, or to discuss next steps.

Best of luck to all involved. 

Kristina Poindexter
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Yesterday I got an R5 for one submission and this morning got an R8 for one of the two G7's that were presented to Pampered Chef. But one submission is "still alive" and apparently still under consideration.

So out of the 8 submissions I originally submitted I've got one still "green".

Kristina Poindexter
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Both of mine are out with R8, best of luck greenies.

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1 R8, 1 under further review by PC, got to answers a couple questions but "Super Stoked" as my daughter would say!

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My first R8 - will consider resubmission in different search.

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@chase - out of my 8 original submissions to this search, including brand new items, the one that survives has received multiple R8's and I've been re-submitting it to various EN searches since 2014.

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Jim, all the best to you on the 1 still under further review.  Also all the best to the others of the 12 still standing.

Chase, R8's are not pleasant, but they are still a badge of honor, of sorts (only outdone by a G8).  R8's are not easy to obtain.  You have to negotiate quite a guantlet to "earn" an R8.  Onward and forward.

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Thanks Derrick, for the encouragement. Never feel comfortable at G7, seems like it is only half way there!

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I've been so busy at my day job lately that I neglected to post anything here at EN. This is amazing. I dusted off and polished up an oldie but goody submission of mine and wouldn't you know it - G7 so far! Not sure how long it's been G7, perhaps 3 weeks? Hopefully they go for it. If they do, this would then be a good example of how an idea may not be the right fit for one search sponsor, but may be a great fit for another. Either way, it's still fun to participate. Cheers everyone!!!

Kim L
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Quick update from the PC team side. Their team has broken up the project and divided the innovations across the appropriate Category Managers. One of those and I just updated this morning and she had 3 of the 12 innovations under due diligence.

They have passed on one and we have just updated that dashboard, and the other two, while prototypes were provided, they really think they could be great possibility for PC, however they can't really tell without them being tested in cooking environment. So, we are now looking at prototype costing/timeline, etc. with them to evaluate the next steps that may be taken to move to that stage.

Encouraging feedback and looking forward to next steps.

Rafael Avila
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Hi Scott! Good to hear about that progress. Thank you. Of the 12 divided up among the category managers, 3 were under further evaluation by one manager, with one having been declined. Are the remaining 9 still being evaluated, or did I misunderstand that? If so, are they being evaluated simultaneously,  or are they waiting to see where they go with the two survivors from the first group?

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The remianing products are being evaluated by the product catgeory managers responsible for those areas.

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I'm out at R8 for my only remaining item in this search. I received really reasonable and valuable feedback though, which I will use to tweak the product for resubmission or possibly even self-production.

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Sorry to hear that news Robert.  Hope your tweaks can successfully address the issues that were raised that prevented it from moving forward.  All the best to you going forward.

Robert Pontius
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Robert - Ouch! But I know you'll keep plugging

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I just popped back in ... still delighted to see G8. The PC folks must really be giving the remaining ideas some serious scrutiny. Got my fingers crossed! Good luck to all remaining submissions!

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Any updates? 

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Hi Rafael!

We're waiting on some feedback on the remaining products from the PC team and will be updating Dashboards upon receipt.

Thanks!

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I can update quickly that there are 4 items remaining in deep due diligence. Two of those are actually going through prototype review currently. Two others are with them, and original prototypes worked for review/testing purposes of evaluation.

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Thanks Michelle and Scott! Good to hear there's still a lot of movement behind the scenes! Cheers!

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Cooking for the holidays ? 

Well apparently Pampered Chef is !!..... as one of the upcoming final steps of due diligence for their team is some "in kitchen" testing sessions of the remaining items that will take place the final week of November/first week fo December.

Some of the concepts relate to cooking and one relates to storage system, but all will be put through some additional research in kitchen setting as we work towards some final decisions on these innovations.

Best of luck to the Final Four as we approach this next stage.

Derrick James
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