QVC and HSN are bringing back The Big Find, an international search to discover entrepreneurs with the next big brand or unique product.
The Big Find pitch panel experience has been reimagined as an entirely virtual event to allow for safe and convenient engagement between vendors and QVC and HSN judges. The first step in the process of discovery is for entrepreneurs and inventors to complete an application that includes a video submission on their product or product lines through August 19.
Selected candidates will then be invited to pitch their products virtually in September via videoconference to a panel of QVC and HSN judges, including merchandising executives, program hosts, and brand founders from established QVC and HSN brands. The panel will interview candidates to learn more about their brand story, background on the product or invention and what makes the product interesting or relevant. If an entrepreneur or vendor is identified as a ‘Big Ticket’ recipient, she or he will be invited to continue the product discovery process with QVC or HSN which includes meetings with merchandising teams and a quality assurance process before the brand is chosen to launch on-air and on-line across all platforms.
This year’s search has been expanded to include nine categories. Last year, entrepreneurs representing apparel, jewelry, accessories, footwear and beauty applied for The Big Find. In 2020, QVC and HSN are adding home décor, home innovation, electronics and culinary including food to the eligible category list.
“Our business has always been rooted in discovering and nurturing authentic, emerging brands, and our customers have really enjoyed getting to know the many inspiring entrepreneurs and products we discovered through last year’s Big Find,” said Mary Campbell, chief merchandising officer, Qurate Retail Group, and chief commerce officer, QVC U.S. “We’re excited about building on that success with this year’s search. By adding new categories, we look forward to creating even more opportunities for entrepreneurs with unique products and compelling stories to work with us in curating differentiated product experiences for our customers.”