Are you a small business with big retail dreams?
Submit your innovative, learning focused product or service to The Breakthrough Project. Get your opportunity to meet with Staples buyers and your product sold in our stores.
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Submissions open July 19th to Aug 10th, 2021.

What is The Breakthrough Project?


  • The Breakthrough Project is designed to support and champion small businesses and help them grow
  • The goal is to help accelerate the path to market for small businesses and entrepreneurs within the communities we serve
  • The project brings forth a strong set of new, unique and innovative learning products and services for our customers
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Why Should You Submit?

Mobile Pixels

“This is the first time we will be in brick-and-mortar stores, expanding our brand as well as our product” –Jack Yao, CEO and Co-founder at Mobile Pixels


"The Staples Breakthrough Project validated my teen sibling inventors on getting their innovate product to the marketplace.”- Mark Viau, Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Backpal

Learning Advantage

“The first annual Staples Connect Breakthrough Project was a breath a fresh air for us as a smaller vendor in a traditionally crowded marketplace. It took only 4 months from pitch day to have our products on shelves in over 900 stores… very impressive!”- Grant Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Learning Advantage.

Submit for the opportunity to have your product sold in stores. Submissions are now open till August 10th, 2021.


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We created a vendor partner program to simplify product submissions and reviews.

Create a profile: We’ll collect all the info we need about you and your product

Product review: Your product will be reviewed, and selected suppliers will be invited to the next round

Virtual pitch session: Selected suppliers will pitch their product to a Staples Connect buyer to be sold in select stores

If I have questions, who can I contact?


• You may contact us via email at with any questions about the submission form. Please note that this inbox is only meant for questions about the submission form; we will not reply to questions about the status of your submission once you have submitted it.


• If you have any questions related to The Breakthrough Project and what Staples Connect is looking for please contact us via email at