Eligibility :
Entrants must be mothers and at least 18 years of age or older. Open only to legal residents of the United States, excluding Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories and U.S. Possessions. The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. All employees of Sponsor, its parent, affiliates and subsidiaries, and the immediate families and household members of each, are not eligible to win. Entrants of previous Whirlpool Brand Mother of Invention Grant program who did not receive grand, first or second prizes are eligible to re-enter the 2008 Whirlpool Brand Mother of Invention Grant program with the same or similar concept/idea if she so chooses. Prize winners of any previous Whirlpool Brand Mother of Invention Grant program are not eligible for re-entry in the 2008 Whirlpool Brand Mother of Invention Grant program.

Timing :
Contest starts at 12:00:00 a.m. EST on May 11, 2008. Online entries must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. on July 31, 2008 EST.

How to Enter :
Entrants must be a mother. Fill out entry form available on www.whirlpool.com/moms. You may enter via the online form or download the printable form and submit by mail. If submitting more than one entry, photocopy the form and attach to both. Print your name on all entry materials. Check “green” or “traditional” category on entry form. Same idea may not be entered in both categories. If no category is checked, the entry defaults to the “traditional” category. Each entry is required to answer all questions posted on the form. Contestants can also send entries via U.S. Postal Service to the following address. The entrant is responsible for all shipping costs: 2008 Whirlpool Brand Mother of Invention Grant c/o Trish Taylor, 2000 North M63, MD 3110 Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022. Each idea must be the original work of the entrant.
a. Incomplete or illegible entries will not be honored. Sponsor not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, illegible, incomplete, incorrect, misrouted or postage due entries/mail. Entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. For protection of the submitter, please do not submit appliance or appliance component ideas; those submitted will be disqualified and entries destroyed.

Limit :
Limit three unique (3) entries per person.

Prize (s):

a. Overall Grand Prize: $20,000 grant from Whirlpool, choice of a Whirlpool Duet Steam washer and dryer pair or Whirlpool Cabrio washer and steam dryer (Average Retail Value $2,900), Whirlpool brand dishwasher (ARV $599) and a stipend (in the form of a gift card) for a new home office (ARV $3,000)
1. Two-day business boot camp to Benton Harbor, MI to meet with Whirlpool experts (product development, engineering, innovation, patent protection, sales, marketing, advertising and public relations), tour Whirlpool Global Headquarter facilities and laboratories and guest judges to offer advice on starting up their business (ARV $4,000)

b. Traditional Category First Prize (1 qty.): $7,000 grant, Whirlpool brand dishwasher (ARV $599) and Duet Sport pair ($1,400)
1. Two-day visit to Benton Harbor, MI to tour Whirlpool Global Headquarter facilities and laboratories and guest judges to offer advice on starting up their business (ARV $2,000)

c. Green Category First Prize (1 qty.): $7,000 grant, Whirlpool brand refrigerator with water filtration (ARV $1,999)
1. Two-day visit to Benton Harbor, MI to tour Whirlpool Global Headquarter facilities and laboratories and guest judges to offer advice on starting up their business (ARV $2,000)

d. Traditional Category Second Prize (1 qty.): $5,000 grant, a Whirlpool brand dishwasher (ARV $599) and Duet Sport pair ($1,400)
1. Two-day visit to Benton Harbor, MI to tour Whirlpool Global Headquarter facilities and laboratories and guest judges to offer advice on starting up their business (ARV $2,000)

e. Green Category Second Prize (1 qty.): $5,000 grant and a Whirlpool brand refrigerator with water filtration (ARV $1,999)
1. Two-day visit to Benton Harbor, MI to tour Whirlpool Global Headquarter facilities and laboratories and guest judges to offer advice on starting up their business (ARV $2,000)

Total ARV of all prizes :
$30,499

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