Friday, March 20, 2015

Local teen inventor heads to the Shark Tank with the ICPooch

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 11:03 AM

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Spokane is full of great talents, but local Brooke Martin will bring the area much acclaim as she appears on Friday's episode of Shark Tank to show off her invention and hopefully receive an investment and partnership from one of the show's famous entrepreneurs. The craziest part? Brooke Martin is only 15 years old. 

Martin first launched her idea for her invention called ICPooch in 2012 when she was only 12, and since then it has taken off. The ICPooch is a device that, with the help of a smartphone or tablet, allows pet owners to video chat with their pets while they are away. The contraption also gives users the option of dispensing a treat for their pet with the push of a button. 

The first prototypes of the ICPooch were created in Martin's garage with the help of her father. Since then, Martin has paired up with CEO James Pelland to refine the product and make it as marketable as possible. The two then moved the company into the McKinstry Innovation Center, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive, with the Martins and the ICPooch earning a variety of prizes and honors. The invention has earned Martin 2nd Place in the Microsoft 2015 Small Business Contest, the International "Appreneurs" Scholars Program 2015 College Scholarship, and a spot on Catalyst Magazine's "20 under 40" list for business achievements. 

To celebrate Martin's invitation onto Shark Tank, McKinstry will be hosting a viewing party for the airing of the episode. The event, Friday from 8 pm to 10 pm, will offer attendees not only the opportunity to see how Martin's invention was received by the "sharks," but to meet Martin herself and hear her talk about her experiences in entrepreneurship. 

If you can't make it to the viewing party, the episode will air Friday at 9 pm PST on ABC. For those who want to get an idea what the product is like, check out Martin's video below: 

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