Inventioneers start own firm
The Inventioneers, a team of home-schooled Londonderry teens that has earned multiple honors in the FIRST Lego League circuit and sealed a $100K deal on Shark Tank last winter, is now launching their own technology company, Inventioneers, Inc. The young engineers and inventors will celebrate the start of their new company during a celebration and "Shark Tank" episode viewing party in Manchester on Friday. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
On Friday evening, longtime teammates Tristan “T.J.” Evarts, 17, Emily Balcom, 16, Kate Balcom, 15, Bryeton Evarts, 12, Jaiden Evarts, 13 and Paige Balcom, 18, are inviting friends and supporters to help them celebrate the launch of their new start-up technology company, Inventioneers, Etc.
T.J. Evarts, who is putting college on hold this fall to serve as the new company’s chief executive officer, said the event’s timing is perfect as it coincides with the 8 p.m. re-broadcast of their recent appearance on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank.”
The SMART Wheel is an electronic steering wheel cover that senses driver hand position and provides instant feedback to alert the driver to unsafe positioning.
In late April, the device was displayed at the New Hampshire Traffic Safety Conference, and the following month, the Inventioneers were recognized for their work during the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s Entrepreneur of the Year banquet.
“For me, it was a bit nerve-wracking being on television,” he said. “But we also felt pretty confident going in there because we knew what we were talking about. After all, we invented it, right?”
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