ClipDifferent Is Raising $400k For An Electronic Fingernail Cutter

Updated 8/1/18: The company has raised another $100k of the round

Original 6/8/18: Bloomington, Minnesota headquartered hardware healthtech startup ClipDifferent is raising $400k in debt financing with $200k secured per SEC disclosure.

ClipDifferent is the parent company to a product currently advertised under the brand name of “ClipDifferent Pro Nail Clipper.”

It’s founded by Thomas “TJ” McMullen III and geared towards individuals with disabilities, such as Arthritis, MS or Parkinsons — though anyone could use it.

“The market is real and it’s significant. These neglected markets provided the motivation for creating ClipDifferent,” reads the company marketing materials.

“Unlike using a metal nail clipper which snaps nails or an electric grinder to file down nails, the Pro employs surgical-grade stainless steel blades to cut nails which gives user a safe, effortless and smooth nail trimming experience, no matter your physical ability. It also allows a user with one hand to both operate and trim the nails on that one hand. The Pro catches fingernails in a drawer so there is no mess and will last a lifetime.

All that said, it’s unclear how the product is differentiated from those previously invented and already being sold?

The company was founded in 2017 according to the disclosure and is a semifinalist in this years Minnesota Cup Business plan competition.


  • TheLittleDuke


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