Chicago graduates Derek Tarnow, 26, and Zahra Tashakorina, 28, turned a class project into a professional innovative concept that caught the attention of technology accessory company Logitech.
Logitech sent a message to their Kickstarter account sharing the company's interest in buying the start-up idea. This is the first time that the company has reached out to Kickstarter for new ideas, according to Chicago Tribune.
Tarnow and Tashakorina invented the iPhone-case-cum-earbud-cord-organizer, TidyTilt, for a class project at the Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design. The case prevents the earbud cord from getting tangled and can be transformed into a small smart phone stand when folded.
Tarnow and Tashakorina put the product on Kickstarter and set a distant goal to raise $10,000, yet they ended up raising $223,174. Logitech sent a message to their Kickstarter account revealing the company's interest to buy the start-up idea.
Both inventors agreed to sign the deal. Tarnow is now at Logitech as a product designer and Tashakorina will be a consultant working for the company between Chicago and California.