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Edison Nation teams with Amazon Inventions Tour

Tom Shircliff, left, and Rob Murchison, right, are principals of the company Intelligent Buildings.
Tom Shircliff, left, and Rob Murchison, right, are principals of the company Intelligent Buildings.

A roundup of developments on the Charlotte entrepreneurial scene:

Charlotte-based Edison Nation, a company that helps entrepreneurs produce and market their ideas, announced Thursday it is teaming with Amazon to host the Amazon Inventions Tour in Atlanta on Sept. 25-26.

During the tour, inventors can pitch ideas to Edison Nation experts. Those with ready-to-sell products are invited to present directly to Amazon for possible inclusion in Amazon Launchpad, where startups can launch and distribute products to Amazon customers.

“Whether you are a serial entrepreneur, garage inventor, or a tinkerer with a simple idea, the Amazon Inventions Tour provides a unique opportunity to connect your innovation with the experts at Edison Nation and one of the world’s largest global e-commerce sites,” Louis Foreman, CEO of Edison Nation, said in a statement.

“We’re excited to discover the undiscovered, and find exceptional new products and product ideas that can be introduced to consumers around the world through our collaboration with Amazon.”

For more information, or to register for the tour, go to


SouthPark-based Intelligent Buildings, a real estate advisory services company that provides smart-building consulting, has been ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing private companies on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list. The magazine ranks the company No. 2034, citing its three-year revenue growth of 194 percent.

Tom Shircliff and Rob Murchison are co-founders of the company.

In this May profile, Observer development reporter Ely Portillo wrote about the company’s work designing the systems for the Duke Energy Center, and its key involvement in launching the Envision Charlotte initiative (those energy monitoring screens in uptown buildings). The company is now focusing on cybersecurity.


Arsalan and Arezo Hafezi, stylists and owners of Charlotte’s Modern Salon and Spa, have founded a distribution company called Hafezi Collective.

According to the website, the Hafezis learned about Organic Pure Care products on a trip to Italy. Their distribution company is “connecting Organic Pure Care products and ZiZi Joon Professional Hair Tools to salon professionals in the southeastern United States.”