Where do the ideas come from that become the most desirable, useful, and world changing products, services, or software? Actually, they come from you, your neighbor, a problem solver, a bored student, just about anyone.
On March 1, in Baltimore County, and March 7, in Harford County, NMTC is launching the Inventor’s Portal—a free series that is “specifically” for everyone. The NMTC created the Inventor’s Portal to encourage personal growth and economic opportunity and prosperity for anyone who ever said, “I have an idea!”
In the Inventor Portal series, subject matter experts will outline the process of invention, and give you fast-track steps and tips for converting your idea from concept to cash.If you have an idea, solved an annoying problem, or developed a process improvement, then this series is for you!
The Inventor’s Portal will inspire, encourage and motivate you, the inventor.
The NMTC’s Inventor’s Portal is supported in part by the Baltimore and Harford Counties public libraries, and in Harford County by Harford’s Business Edge; a non-profit enterprise that exists for the purpose of creating and maintaining successful business incubation and acceleration programs and services for area entrepreneurs by obtaining, coordinating and directing government and private sector resources.
Session 1 –: Have an Idea? What’s next? – (Doug Zeisel, Partner – Technology Commercialization Ventures) An overview of the process of converting an idea into cash. We discuss the steps to take to move an idea from concept to cash. We will also introduce the following seminars.
Session 2 – Is your idea good enough? (Rob Meissner, Partner – Technology Commercialization Ventures) A presentation on what an inventor needs to know and do for determining if his/her concept is worth pursuing. Topics include: identifying markets, customer discovery, creating a value proposition.
Session 3 –To patent or not to patent? (Mike Oliver, Partner – Oliver & Grimsley)
Attorneys debate the advantages and disadvantages of patent protection for intellectual property and the alternatives to protect an idea from being copied.
Session 4 – Funding your dream – (Doug Zeisel, Partner – Technology Commercialization Ventures). How much do you need/ Sources of capital/ How to find $
Session 5 – Writing the killer business plan (Neil Davis, Director of Entrepreneurial Development – TEDCO). The components of a winning business plan and how to make them sparkle.