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Press Release July 18, 2018


Media Contact:

Lori Trent

PAST Foundation


COLUMBUS, Ohio - July 18, 2018

Tom Burden, CEO and Founder of Grypmat

Tom Burden, CEO and Founder of Shark Tank’s winning Grypmat is visiting PAST tomorrow Thursday, July 19th at 1:30pm to speak with the entrepreneurship camp students about entrepreneurship and success. Tom’s Grypmat won Invention of the year, so he has gotten a lot of attention in the last 10 months. He was fully funded by three of the Sharks on Shark Tank including Richard Branson and Mark Cuban. Tom has won multiple awards for innovation and invention and is “inking” a deal with the Air Force now. He's from Columbus and is very active in the local “startup community.” For more information on Grypmat visit: Tom’s loves PAST’s mission of linking learning to life and is more than willing to share his story and expertise with students. He is available for personal interviews before or after meeting with students.

About PAST Foundation For over 18 years, PAST, a non-profit foundation, has been a leader in designing STEM education across the nation, bringing transdisciplinary problem-based learning to educators and experiential programs to students. Most notably, PAST was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its Excellence in Innovation in the STEM 2026 vision report. PAST was the only educational entity in Ohio to be included in this publication (full report). PAST was also recognized in 2014, by CGI America and former President Bill Clinton for their outstanding work, and again in 2015 for their achievements in improving STEM education in rural America. In 2015, the PAST Innovation Lab was recognized by the White House Summit on High School Design.

For more information on PAST Foundation and how you can link learning to life, visit or contact Lori Trent at


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