I can NOT tell you how many times, when my babies were little, I had an idea for a product either for babies or their parents.
I know things have come a long way since my parents had small children, but there’s still so much room for new things to make life easier, or to teach and entertain kids, or to help us parents in some way. And some of the best people to invent these things? Moms.
We know what we need, and what our kids need. I’ve watched a lot of shows and interviews with mompreneurs, and most of their stories have a common thread: “I wished someone had a solution to this problem. So I figured out my own invention to solve it. Suddenly all my friends wanted one and here I am.”
So a lot of moms have some great ideas and products they’ve come up with. And with four million babies born every year in the U.S. alone, there’s a pretty good market out there. The problem? Most of us have no idea where to start. How do you get money to fund making more than one? How do you market them? What do you do next to get your idea out there?
www.mumzy.com is the first crowdfunding platform for moms. And the best part, in my opinion — it’s a community. You can post your project to be funded, but you can also get suggestions and ideas on your product from other people on the site. Once your project is funded, you can get direction and advice on what to do next. And they’re not limited to new products only — you can start up a company, create a non-profit, or yes, develop that invention that will make all our lives easier!
www.mumzy.com, which was founded by Catherine Merritt (a mom herself. Of course.), is gaining momentum, but is also still in its early stages…so they welcome your feedback and ideas as well. And if you check it out and are one of the first 100 people to post a project, you have a chance to win $1,000 towards your funding goal.
Moms helping moms, and all of us helping other parents and children. I never get tired of that.
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