Tracy and Renny Tenney, and their invention, The Flat-Out Backen’®, earned the coveted honor of the 2016 Inventor of the Year during the InventHelp-INPEX® New Product Showcase, which took place at the 2016 ERA D2C Convention last month.
Inventors who were part of the showcase had the opportunity to pitch their products to a panel of expert DRTV judges. The judges picked the Tenneys and the Flat-Out Backen’ as 2016’s “Inventor of the Year.”
A stainless steel folding camp grill that is easily portable for cooking outdoors, the product comes with a convenient carrying case for portability and can be used with both wood and briquettes. The inventors spent six years developing the Flat-Out Backen, named for a period they spent testing a prototype while camping in Australia.
“We went to Hawaii, and people saw it and offered us $200 for it,” Tracy Tenney said. “Then we went to Australia, and they offered $250 for it. That’s when we knew we had to do something with it.”
The Tenneys were among the top five scoring inventors who had the chance to see their product pitched on stage by professional pitchmen and women in front of a live audience.
The other four finalists for Inventor of the Year included:
- Adam Wibby, Clean Sponge
- Jessica DeRosario and Frank Arceo, MAJIGEEZ
- Xavier Clemons, Credit Card Shavers
- Freddie Lee, Flip Top Table