Inventioneers start own firm
On Friday evening, longtime teammates Tristan “T.J.” Evarts, 17, Emily Balcom, 16, Kate Balcom, 15, Bryeton Evarts, 12, Jaiden Evarts, 13 and Paige Balcom, 18, are inviting friends and supporters to help them celebrate the launch of their new start-up technology company, Inventioneers, Etc.
T.J. Evarts, who is putting college on hold this fall to serve as the new company’s chief executive officer, said the event’s timing is perfect as it coincides with the 8 p.m. re-broadcast of their recent appearance on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank.”
The SMART Wheel is an electronic steering wheel cover that senses driver hand position and provides instant feedback to alert the driver to unsafe positioning.
In late April, the device was displayed at the New Hampshire Traffic Safety Conference, and the following month, the Inventioneers were recognized for their work during the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s Entrepreneur of the Year banquet.
“For me, it was a bit nerve-wracking being on television,” he said. “But we also felt pretty confident going in there because we knew what we were talking about. After all, we invented it, right?”
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