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QVC US and HSN announced last month the third annual edition of The Big Find, an international product search to discover entrepreneurs with the next big brand or unique product. From April 28 through June 8, entrepreneurs, creators and inventors with products in apparel, accessories, beauty, culinary, home décor, home innovations, and/or electronics are invited to complete an online application, which includes a video submission highlighting their product and brand story. Selected candidates will be invited to pitch their products by videoconference in August to a judging panel, comprised of QVC and HSN merchandising executives and program hosts and brand founders from established QVC and HSN brands. Brands awarded “Big Tickets” will continue discussions with the QVC and HSN merchandising teams.
As part of Qurate Retail Group’s commitment to cultivating and promoting diverse, inclusive environments, QVC and HSN are working to double the representation of underrepresented businesses chosen through The Big Find. In 2020, 64 out of the 102 brands selected through the Big Find search self-identified as a woman and/or minority-owned business.
Over the last two years, more than 160 brands were chosen to launch on QVC or HSN through The Big Find, including such brands as Mented Cosmetics (beauty); Sassy Jones (accessories); Modzori (footwear), and Truth & Style (apparel). More than 90 Big Find brands are launching throughout 2021 as a result of the 2020 Big Find product search. Big Find brands such as Bellasonic (beauty), Chunk Nibbles (culinary), Poppy + Sage (accessories), and Bare Pits (beauty) have already seen success during their QVC and HSN debuts.