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iN VIDEO: Sicamous man launches pillow invention, auditions for Dragon’s Den

Sicamous resident Brodie Wilkinson, inventor of the Big Spoon Pillow.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Brodie Wilkinson

The Big Spoon Cuddle Pillow is a product designed to make cuddling on the couch with a loved one more comfortable.

It came about after Brodie and Kate Wilkinson got seriously injured in a car accident in Vancouver in 2017, a few years before moving up to Sicamous, and had to spend time lying down, recovering.

“I started developing a pillow to help us be close together comfortably during a challenging time,” Brodie said.

Brodie’s arm kept falling asleep so he cut apart memory foam pillows and glued them together, allowing a space for his arm to fit through. It was the first of many prototypes he created over the years until perfecting the perfect cuddle pillow.

Two weeks ago Brodie auditioned for CBCs Dragon’s Den and the pair hosted a formal product launch party at their Sicamous home.

“I was a little bit nervous,” Brodie said of the audition. “It’s a big opportunity and getting on the Den can turn things around for you. They are big movers and shakers for Canadian companies.”

The Big Spoon Pillow.
The Big Spoon Pillow.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Brodie Wilkinson

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Brodie’s pitch was submitted through Zoom to the show’s producers who acted like the dragons, asking questions. Brodie went through the same process last year and was accepted to pitch in the Den but he didn’t have his product nailed down in time.

He finds out in April if he’ll be invited to record a segment in the Dragon’s Den in Toronto.

“They get thousands of auditions,” he said. “It would be an amazing opportunity, almost a dream for any business.”

Brodie has patents pending in Canada and the USA and has applied for design patents in Canada, USA and China. He recently finalized the prototype and sent it to a manufacturer in Asia.

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He said some are preordering on the website already, a bit of a leap of faith, and those pillow orders should take roughly 90 days to arrive.

“The pillow brings intimacy and closeness that everyone is seeking in their lives,” he said. “People knew there was a problem that needed a solution but didn’t know one existed.”

Sicamous resident Kate Wilkinson using a Big Spoon Pillow.
Sicamous resident Kate Wilkinson using a Big Spoon Pillow.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Brodie Wilkinson

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