The road to success is not an easy one, especially for aspiring inventors. However, shows like TLC’s Homemade Millionaire by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos provide inspiration for inventors who often find themselves at yet another dead end. Keli Hazel, a single mom and inventor from Atlanta says that she loved the premiere of Homemade Millionaire because it inspired her to keep persevering on the difficult path of becoming an inventor. “Homemade Millionaire gave me the motivation I needed to stay the course. I know that my inventions can help women across the country, and the lessons I learned from the show were definitely helpful,” Hazel said after watching the premiere of TLC’s newest reality competition show.
So, what’s so special about Homemade Millionaire on TLC? It focuses on real people trying to realize their dreams. Each week, three inventors are chosen to pitch their inventions to a panel of experts, including host Kelly Ripa, self-made inventor and millionaire Wendy Williams and a rotating guest expert. The prize at hand is the opportunity to sell their inventions to 90 million homes via HSN, a company whose sales top $2 billion a year. The incredibly lucrative deal could easily change the inventor’s life overnight.
In the season premiere of Homemade Millionaire, three women were pitted against each other. After round one with a focus group, it was determined that Marcy McKenna’s Styling Station Hair Care Salon and Tonya Engelbrecht’s Magic Curl self-adhering hot rollers had potential for the Home Shopping Network. Although the two inventors survived the first elimination, they were then faced with the challenge of photographing “before” and “after” shots of their products. The goal was to show how the women’s products could solve a problem. “The most important things about developing a successful invention are to determine a need and find a solution to a problem,” inventor Keli Hazel explains. “By watching Homemade Millionaire, I truly felt validation that my product could be successful if enough people knew about it.”
In the end, Kelly Ripa and the panel decided that Marcy McKenna’s Style Station was worthy of the lucrative HSN deal. Her invention was creative, unique and solved a real problem. It could definitely improve people’s lives, the benchmark for a successful invention. In addition, McKenna believed in her product and was able to make a professional pitch. She saw a need and invented a product that solved a problem. Therefore, she won the first episode of Homemade Millionaire.
“This show is fantastic and a real motivator,” Keli Hazel, the owner of Atlanta-based Keli’s Kreations says after the TLC premiere. “I can’t wait to see what else Homemade Millionaire can teach inventors across America.”
Homemade Millionaire with Kelly Ripa airs on Friday nights at 10/9c on TLC.
Below are the themes for the next three episodes of Homemade Millionaire:
- November 26th: Kitchen. Kitty, Debra, Eileen and Kim compete this week on Homemade Millionaire. Will it be Kitty’s portion control diet plate ware, Debra’s Cake Huggers or Eileen and Kim’s beverage system for kids?
- December 3rd: Fashion. Erika, Jennifer, and Carissa compete during fashion week. Will it be Erika’s “Purse Flats,” Jennifer’s “Magic Dress,” or Carissa’s clothing line for busty women?
- December 10th: Cleaning. It gets down and dirty as Sarah, Haris, and Robyn compete during cleaning week on Homemade Millionaire. Will it be Sarah’s green cleaning products, Haris’ “Luv a Cuva” or Robyn’s “Window Origami?”
About Host Kelly Ripa:
Kelly Ripa is a multi-talented force in the entertainment industry, achieving success as a host, actress, spokesperson, and as co-founder of Milojo, the production company she formed with her husband, Mark Consuelos.
In her nine years as co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, she has shared eight Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Host and three People’s Choice Award nominations for Favorite Daytime Talk Show Hosts. The show has also received five Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Talk Show, two TV Guide Award nominations for Favorite Daytime Talk Show and, most recently, a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Morning Program.
About Inventor Keli Hazel:
Keli Hazel is the owner and inventor of Portable Jewelry Cases by Keli’s Kreations. After becoming frustrated with tangled jewelry messes while traveling, Keli decided to take matters into her own hands. She tried numerous jewelry systems until she finally found success with her unique system that protects jewelry, keeps it tangle-free, and looks sassy, sexy and chic at the same time. Since her giant “a-ha” moment, Keli Hazel has designed and developed a complete line of Portable Jewelry Cases for women, including a new eco-friendly collection. Because she’s all about paying it forward, Keli donates a portion of every sale to Haven House, a non-profit organnization that helps women who have been in abusive relationships.
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