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Are You More Innovative Than a 13-Year-Old?

Posted by Melissa Houston on May 23, 2012

The New York Times recently ran a blog post written by Jessica Bruder that highlighted the business success of a 13-year-old, Mallory Kievman. In the summer of 2010, Mallory faced a problem that all of us have to deal with occasionally--the hiccups.  She tried a variety of remedies to solve her hiccup woes, which taught her two things--the void in the market for a solution to her problem and, more importantly, the knowledge of how to fill that void.

Mallory worked at home in her kitchen, under the supervision of her father Adam Kievman, to develop the product that is now known as Hiccupops. Hiccupops are a blend of apple cider vinegar, sugar, and lollipops that “trigger a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc,” says Mallory.

Mallory gained her notability when she won awards for innovation and patentability at the Connecticut Innovation Convention, an annual youth business competition. As a part of her winnings, Mallory was awarded patent application assistance (her patent is currently pending) and consulting through the University of Connecticut’s Innovation Accelerator.

Business competitions like the Connecticut Innovation Convention allow entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas and receive attention and awards based on the quality of their work.

State of Ingenuity partners are teaming up to hold three FastPitch competitions this summer--expanding upon the successful Stateline FastPitch Competition held by Rock Valley College's EIGERlab each of the past five years. Competitions will be held June 20th, August 8th, and August 29th. Finalists from each competition will then compete in a World Series event.

For competition details, eligibility requirements, and registration information visit the State of Ingenuity FastPitch page. Good luck, and we look forward to seeing your ideas in June and August!

This post includes excerpts and a summary of content from: Bruder, J. (2012, May 05). A 13-year-old enlists m.b.a. students to build her start-up. Retrieved from You're the Boss website: http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/a-13-year-old-enlists-m-b-a-students-to-build-her-start-up/.

Content contributed by Michael Cooney, State of Ingenuity SourceLink (Wisconsin/Illinois).

State of Ingenuity SourceLink is a proud affiliate of U.S. SourceLink, America’s largest resource network for entrepreneurs.