U Posted by Laura Moller
\ January 17, 2014

Winner of the Crowd2Shelf Contest Will Have the Opportunity to Sell on Staples.com and/or Staples Shelves

COLUMBUS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fundable, the largest business crowdfunding platform, and Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) have teamed up to launch the first Crowd2Shelf Contest. Created by Fundable and sponsored by Staples, the Crowd2Shelf Contest drew thousands of startups across the country to compete for a chance to crowdfund their way to Staples’ shelves.

A panel of innovation experts including Fundable and Staples representatives selected the Top 25 submissions that will continue in the Crowd2Shelf Contest. From the Top 25 entrants, three companies will be chosen as final winners. These contestants will be judged on their number of votes, success of their crowdfunding campaign, and judges’ recommendations.

“At Staples, we are focused on helping our customers make more happen with innovative new products to help their businesses succeed,” said Scott Young, senior vice president, product and business development, Staples. “We’re excited to be working with Fundable to support emerging companies and find great new products.”

The winning entrant(s) will have the opportunity to present their products to the Staples store merchandising teams for the chance to sell their products in Staples stores and/or on Staples.com through the Staples Brands Group product line. Contestant crowdfunding pages can be viewed at https://www.fundable.com/crowd2shelf.

Contestants in the Crowd2Shelf Top 25 Include:

Eva – Wilmington, DE
remote-controlled recessed LED lighting

Get nHand – Tulsa, OK
secure tablet holder

SticknFind – Fort Lauderdale, FL
bluetooth enabled stickers to track and monitor objects

HearNotes – San Francisco, CA
the world’s first truly wirefree earbuds

NVBots – Cambridge, MA
the world’s first automated 3D printer

Tempo by CarePredict – Fort Lauderdale, FL
wearable device that tracks elderly health

Bindle – Foster, CA
turns any surface into a digital whiteboard

Plum – Austin, TX
wifi enabled lighting controlled via smartphone

Letterforms – Freemont, CA
reusable dry erase notebooks

Garageio – Columbus, OH
smartphone controlled garage opener

WigWag – Austin, TX
cloud-powered home automation

Tarsier – Shoreview, MN
gesture-controlled automated home entertainment

The Plug Radio – Hollywood, CA
outlet-mounted bluetooth music player

Helios – New York City, NY
solar-powered, wifi-enabled bags

Hidden Radio – San Francisco, CA
intuitive wireless speakers

Insight GPS Tags – Sunrise, FL
indoor and outdoor tracking tags

SeeSpace inAiR – San Francisco, CA
world’s first augmented TV experience

Smart Outlet- Toronto, CA
Power outlet control via smartphone

SOSCharger – Seattle, WA
powerful, portable charger that can be used anywhere

Sun LifeLight – Beverly, MA
light therapy lamps

PowerBee – Seattle, WA
portable charger powered by renewable energy

Holdits – Boothwyn, PA
efficient organizer

Soap – Monument, CO
all-in-one wireless router

Jorno – Los Angeles, CA
portable, foldable bluetooth keyboard

You-Noticed Bulletin Boards – Syracuse, NY
versatile, stylish bulletin boards

About Fundable:

Fundable.com is the largest business crowdfunding platform with over $130 million in commitments and exclusively dedicated to helping businesses. Different from any other crowdfunding platform, Fundable offers both rewards and equity business crowdfunding options. Founded by veteran entrepreneurs who have raised countless venture capital and angel investment rounds of financing, Fundable seeks to empower startups by providing access to early stage growth capital.

About Staples:

Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com

Contacts
Fundable
Laura Moller, 800-799-6998
lmoller@fundable.com

or

Staples
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1495
carrie.mcelwee@staples.com

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