SAN DIEGO, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- It was a lot like being on Shark Tank. Teen sisters Tana and Myla Zapf look back at the night they presented their innovative creation of a Slap-On stuffed animal called Curly Petz to the San Diego Inventor's Forum and won the coveted $1,000 prize for 1st place. It was the launch-pad for a journey that would propel the young entrepreneurs to turn their idea into a reality.
They have launched a Kickstarter campaign where people can go now through March 2 to pledge support for their business and receive Curly Petz as a reward, it's a win, win.
"When we were little kids we both lost special stuffed animals," said Tana. We remembered how traumatic it was for us and how our parents searched everywhere trying to find them." That was the inspiration for the idea of a stuffed animal that would hold on to a child instead of the child having to hold on to the stuffed animal. The Zapf sisters loved playing with slap bracelets and found a way to incorporate them into a fun and innovative stuffed animal toy. Curly Petz is so unique it was issued patents in the U.S and E.U.
"Children can have their hands free and play without worrying about dropping or losing their special stuffed animal," said Myla. "Parents won't have to retrace steps and console heartbroken children like our parents did."
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Another unique benefit is a specially designed magnetic wall mount that acts as the Petz "Home Base" and keeps them organized and off the floor at home. The journey from idea to Kickstarter involved an extensive education about the business world. The Zapf sisters met with manufacturers, distributors and buyers where their time watching Shark Tank and The Profit really paid off.
"One of the most important things we learned is that although buyers and retailers really liked Curly Petz, it's all about hitting the right price points," said Tana. "The San Diego Zoo buyers told us they would sell Curly Petz if we could get it to them at the right price"
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