Resources

Businesses We Believe In

Here’s a list of companies and organizations working with and supporting inventors. Find and connect with the right people that can help you pursue your big idea.

3D Printers

Ultimaker

Ultimaker 3D printers are shaping the way for the prototype world. They currently have five printers on the market to change the way people are printing. Ultimaker BV is a Dutch 3D printer company which was founded in 2011 by Martijn Elserman, Erik de Bruijn, and Siert Wijnia.

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CNC Machines

ShopBot

Founded in 1996 in Durham, North Carolina, Shopbot Tools, Inc., designs, manufactures and distributes CNC (computer Numerically Controlled) routers for milling, drilling and cutting of wood, plastic, metals, and other materials – powerfully, precisely and affordably.

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Home Shopping Television

QVC

QVC is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer offering a curated collection of desirable brands to millions of customers around the globe each day through broadcast, internet, and mobile sales platforms. Since the introduction of QVC Sprouts, a crowd-sourced competition launched in 2012, more than 100,000 customer votes have helped select more than 100 new products to be featured on QVC.com or on air. Welcome Jenne Frackelton, senior buyer.

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Invention Supplies

Ace Hardware

Founded in 1924 by a small group of Chicago hardware store owners, Ace changed the retail landscape by allowing individual stores to purchase merchandise in bulk to save money and buy at the lowest possible price. Over 4,600 of Ace’s 4,700 stores around the globe are independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. These hard working men and women are part of the fabric of your community.

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Inventor Resources

Creation Hardware

Creating cool, friendly, functional tools made for makers located in Kansas City.

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Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, located at the National Museum of American History, explores the role of invention and innovation in the United States, particularly its historical context, and how that history relates to current events.

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United Inventors Association of America

The UIA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational resources and opportunities to the independent inventing community while encouraging honest and ethical business practices among industry service providers.

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Laser Cutters

Epilog Laser

In business since 1988, Epilog Laser has worked hard to become the leader in the laser engraving, cutting and marking industry. We are innovators. They are problem solvers and are committed to designing and manufacturing the highest-quality laser systems, in Golden, CO.

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Manufacturing/High Tech

Pivot International

Founded in Kansas City in 1972, Pivot International started as a product design and development engineering firm. It was one of the first U.S. product development firms to jump into global sourcing. With Pivot as a partner in manufacturing, they are able to increase shareholder value, maximize Internal Rate of Return (IRR) for new product development, and enhance position as a leader in any industry.

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Online Retail

The Handy Camel

The Handy Camel is a product development company that takes world class products to market. Handy Camel licences products from inventors, manufactures and supplies retailers worldwide. Products include: The Handy Camel Bag Clip, Renegade Broom and the Garden Thorn.

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Patents

United States Patent & Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

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Product Design

Steel Table Group

Steel Table Group is an open exchange of ideas and talents amongst a select and diverse team of creative professionals located in Kansas City, Missouri. They banded together with the impassioned desire of fueling new ideas and products to the market, both individually and collectively.

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Guerra Consulting

Guerra Consulting is a product development company that can take any concept into production at any stage; whether it’s just an idea or prototype you’ve put together. They specialize in mechanical engineering, industrial design, electrical engineering, software development, prototyping/fabrication, and sourcing manufacturers.

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Product Experts

Squatty Potty

The Squatty Potty was created by the Edwards family in 2011 to help correct and heal the colon problems they were experiencing. After years of trial and error, they came to find out squatting was the solution. In 2014 the Edwards family secured a deal with Lori Greiner on Shark Tank.

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Wet & Forget

Wet & Forget was founded in New Zealand over 40 years ago. The company expanded into the United States in 2005 with their first easy-to-use product, Wet & Forget Moss, Mold, Mildew and Algae Stain Remover. The new innovative approach to cleaning caught the attention of many and it quickly became a go-to product. Wet & Forget has continued to expand their product line with additional solutions to simplify household cleaning. Wet & Forget products can be found in over 10,000 retailers across the United States.

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Mag Instrument, Inc

Mag Instrument is dedicated to the highest standards of integrity. We seek performance and a reputation reflecting the very best we can achieve. Each Mag Instrument flashlight represents a culmination of decades of research, development and continuous state-of-the-art refinement in every precision feature. Mag Instrument is proud to be a U.S.A. Manufacturer.

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Tinnus Enterprises

Tinnus Enterprises is a product development company based in Plano, TX. Core competencies include product development, mechanical engineering, electronics, prototyping, and sourcing. Founder, Josh Malone, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to bring the idea to mass production for the Bunch O Balloons. It then partnered up with Zuru Ltd. to mass produce this product.

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Product Launch

Amazon Launchpad

Amazon Launchpad is the place to discover new, unique and unexpected products from today’s brightest startups. We curate innovative products that are hard to find in the market, showcasing an ever-expanding collection of fresh new products from popular crowdfunding platforms, incubators and startups.

For Startups

Amazon Launchpad is a unique showcase for cutting-edge products from startups like yours that reaches millions of Amazon customers. Working with leading crowd-funding sites, incubators and venture capital firms, we’ve created a marketing program that makes it easy for entrepreneurs to launch inventive new products and get them discovered on Amazon. We’ll use Amazon’s powerful marketing tools to build your brand, and our world-class retail expertise and global infrastructure to promote, sell and deliver your product. Our team is vested in your success, so you can continue to innovate and grow your business.

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The Grommet

The Grommet is a product launch platform; they find unique, undiscovered products and help them succeed. Their goal is to level the playing field so the best companies can win. Until The Grommet came along in 2008, that was simply not always the case. They have attracted a powerful community of Makers, Retailers, and Consumers whose enthusiasm for suggesting, sharing, and buying Grommets ensures the survival and growth of the ground-breaking companies behind them.

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The Handy Camel

The Handy Camel is a product development company that takes world class products to market. Handy Camel licences products from inventors, manufactures and supplies retailers worldwide. Products include: The Handy Camel Bag Clip, Renegade Broom and the Garden Thorn.

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Indiegogo

Indiegogo is one of the leading crowdfunding websites in the world. Their mission is to empower people to unite around ideas that matter to them and together make those ideas come to life. With the help of their Indiegogo community, they’re redefining entrepreneurship—shifting it from being a privilege to a right. Because every inventive idea should have its shot, and every creative entrepreneur should have their moment.

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Product Launch UK

Grovewood Ventures

Grovewood Ventures Ltd is known as the New Product Specialists located in England. Grovewood exhibits at all key trade and consumer shows and retain the services of a renowned PR agency ensuring the products represented are always exposed to UK consumers.

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Product Videos

StoryTorch Studios

StoryTorch Studios is a LIVE streaming studio theatre and production service in Kansas City, Missouri. With years of experience producing live productions and webcasts for meetings, concerts and events, StoryTorch is now set to showcase even more talent and original content by launching its first Streaming Studio Theatre.

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Carbon8

Carbon8 is a digital marketing agency. They create digital marketing experiences, branding, online advertising and video that capture attention and drive sales. While others focus solely on creative, they use data, research and the science of user experience to make sure the creative drives sales.

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MODsocket

MODsocket is a marketing firm that works directly with you to identify your unique marketing challenges and goals, create a plan for reaching those goals, then help you execute your plan. They specialize in logos, websites, social media, digital media, media placement, and more.

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Tradeshows

National Hardware Show

The National Hardware Show had over 2,800 exhibitors and nearly 30,000 industry professionals from 32 countries converge on the Las Vegas Convention Center for the National Hardware Show®. The Show, in its 72nd edition, offers members of the hardware/home improvement industry the opportunity to discover new products, network, learn about industry trends and more.

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Website

GoDaddy

GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 17 million customers worldwide and more than 71 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work.

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