Press coverage
"With troughs like a kitchen utensil organizer, the bright orange silicon-polymer mat conforms to almost any surface."
TIME 50 Best Inventions of the Year 2018
"Tom Burden, a former Air Force F-16 weapons mechanic, founded Grypmat to sell a flexible, non-slip rubber mat he invented to hold tools, and raised funds for the idea on Shark Tank from Richard Branson and others."
30 Under 30 Manufacturing 2019: Meet This Year's Standout Young Makers And Industrial Innovators
"Tom Burden, founder of Grypmat, shares his experience of coming face to face with Richard Branson"
"Meeting a Hero on Shark Tank"
"With troughs like a kitchen utensil organizer, the bright orange silicon-polymer mat conforms to almost any surface. "
Grypshon Expands Line of Tool Holders
Aviation International New - April 10, 2017
"It’s a product with both rotary- fixed-wing applications and said to go where others don’t, holding tools at angles as high as 70 degrees. "
Getting A Gryp
Vertical Magazine - November 17, 2016
"the Grypmat, a malleable form-fitting nonslip tool tray that stays close at-hand without marring an aircraft’s surface."
F-16 Mechanic Invents Better Tool Tray
AOPA - January 18, 2017
"Grypmat is a sticky mat that holds tools, screws, nuts and bolts in place so that you always know where they are."
Grypmat Keeps Tools In Place
Flying Magazine - January 19, 2017
Our Team
Tom Burden
Founder, Inventor, CEO
Ian Hoyt
Marketing Director
Akhil Aniff
Business Development Manager
Startup Programs
Grypmat is an Ideadvance Alumni. The mentorship, capital and guidance provided by Ideadvance has helped accelerate the Grypmat from a prototype to a globally distributed product.
The biggest value AeroInnovate and Airventure has brought to Grypmat is their networking capabilities, with their help we were able to secure have pre-orders, manufacturers, and distributors.
Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation.
Customer Testimonials
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"The mats are super helpful working on top of the wings. My tools as well as the fasteners stayed in place, and I’m able to avoid any unwanted scratching in the bare aluminum."
Greg H.
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"It is terrifically designed and made. I particularly like the fact that parts don't slide around on it."
Steve D.
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"We have found the large Grypmat to be an excellent tool caddy/platform when performing maintenance on helicopters. It helps prevent damage to painted fairings and cowlings."
James M.
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