“Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME,” from Mark Burnett, is a seed-funding competition reality series where two budding entrepreneurs go head-to-head to win over a live studio audience to fund their ideas, products or companies. In each of the 13 episodes, the audience will represent the “customer” and, as the customer is always right, they will be voting to determine the winner.
But, in each round, following the pitches and before Steve Harvey reveals the results of the crowd’s majority vote, the entrepreneurs will face a major dilemma: one of the entrepreneurs is allowed to cash out and walk away for a lesser amount. But if an entrepreneur cashes out, they forgo the opportunity to win the whole cash prize for that round – a good move if they lost the crowd vote, but a bad move if they would have won it.
• The Airhook – a stable secure mount for smart phones and tablets that attaches to tray tables on airplanes. Inventor: Craig from Kirkland, Washington
• Soarigami – a device that looks like a paper airplane and attaches to any armrest to extend personal space. Inventor: Grace from Plano, Texas
• The V-Smart Bar – a holistic soap that helps keep a woman’s private parts fresh and clean. Inventor: Tanya from Roswell, Georgia
• Savage Soaps – a line of soaps made from olive oil and other vegan ingredients. Inventors: Misti & Grant from Frederick, Maryland
• Brik Tile – a new twist on those building bricks from your childhood. Inventors: Brett and David from Menlo Park, California
• Hang-o-Matic – an all-in-one picture-hanging tool. Inventors: Karina & Jared from Foothill Ranch, California