A showcase of inventors with tiered levels across professional, collegiate, and school-level competitions. The event will bring in local manufacturers, engineers, designers, capital investment firms, and industry professionals to judge a “Shark Tank-like” competition.
Our efforts will be seeding projects and promotion of existing programs such as CUDenver Inworks and area youth innovation programs. We hope to capitalize on and give STEAM education context and focus. We also believe this will drive local entrepreneurship, small businesses, and manufacturing.
This program will be presided over by local industry professionals and members of the business community in the areas of Design, Engineering, Product development, Manufacturing, Marketing, sales, and Venture Investment. Guided by these individuals, we have created a framework of what types of products will be showcased and what will be necessary to enter for consideration.
Sponsors are providing in-kind and monetary contributions to help with the launch for the winners and providing local contacts to develop their ideas further.
The Colorado Inventor’s Showcase will be housed within the Denver Maker Faire. Maker Faires are held worldwide in major cities around the world. Denver is one of only 30 Feature Faires internationally and has an impressive following. In 2017 it was the largest Maker event in Colorado history with almost 6 thousand visitors and makers from 22 U.S. states and 4 countries. Efforts to expand the audience are already underway and we expect 10,000 visitors this year. This year the event will take place on October 12th-14th at the National Western Complex with over 100,000 square feet of exhibits and activities. We believe that this environment will provide a perfect segue from STEAM education and makers of all types into inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business development.
How can you be a part?
Are you an inventor? A teacher? An advocate of innovation?A company interested in growing the creative community? We are in need of participants, volunteers, and sponsors.
All are welcome!
The booth rental is $95 and includes these things:
In addition to all that is listed above, there will be cash prizes for the winners of the Showcase:
Saturday, Oct 13, 2018
BootCamp 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Inventor Bootcamp is open to all inventors and product developers. It will cover a number of critical phases in the inventing/manufacturing process. The BootCamp could save novice and seasoned inventors tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary expenses. The Bootcamp is presented by the Making Progress Colorado and The Inventors Roundtable™.
Come and learn from people who have the answers that you need. The presentation topics and information offered will be especially valuable to individual and small business inventors. You won’t get this real world “nuts-and-bolts” advice from any college, university, or other organization. This seminar is geared specifically toward educating inventors and entrepreneurs developing ideas and/or inventions.
We will cover inventor funding, prototyping, manufacturing, marketing as well as how intellectual property is related to your long term goals.
The Key Note Speaker: Robert Patton
Robert Patton is the inventor of the SHEATH brand of underwear. He came up with the idea while serving on his second tour in Iraq. Bobby was on a mission and his gear was over bearing and his underwear was horrible. He was extremely uncomfortable when he had the epiphany that if everything were separated, there would be less discomfort in hot situations. Bobby searched online for this product to buy and couldn’t find it so he made it for himself. Then he started talking to people about it and decided to take it to market. He had his first working prototype while in Iraq Jan 6 2009 and had the first production from Pakistan delivered to his house in September of 2010 after some nudging from his brother.
Bobby got out of the army and went to work at a tailor for year where he learned more about the process and created a new pattern for the sample. In august of 2013, he put together a successful KickStarter campaign. The 1st production was successful; however, upon reordering replenishment of inventory, the next a batch that was unacceptable and unsellable. Bobby had previously gotten a sample from a new manufacturer that specializes in underwear so he reached out to them putting a down payment on a new batch. They were successful again with a campaign and nearly doubled the first KickStarter results. Since the summer of 2014, they have been successfully manufacturing with the same company and have doubled revenue annually through hard fought promotion and gorilla marketing. “The team grinds every day to get those numbers and it is a hustle and a passion and I love it” says Bobby Patton. They are currently selling in over 70 countries.
SolderWorks is a state-of-the-art innovation lab designed for entrepreneurial visionaries. Our mission is to support the next wave of early stage innovators by providing a space where ideas accelerate from thought to thing. Our members enjoy access to high-end hardware prototyping tools, a diverse community of support and the opportunity to apply for funded memberships. SolderWorks is the place where ideas can reach their highest potential.
The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is dedicated to advancing economic prosperity for the City of Denver, its businesses, neighborhoods and residents. Our purposeful and intentional approach to economic development is designed to broaden the tax base, stimulate balanced growth, increase the availability and affordability of housing, revitalize neighborhoods, and develop a skilled workforce for our region’s employers. Working with a wide variety of community partners, we work to build and sustain an economic culture that reflects values of innovation and sustainability.
LINK is a proud sponsor of Making Progress Colorado and the Makerfaire Denver. Link’s team has lent their time expertise and space to make this year’s events a success. For over 10 years LINK’s product development professionals, industrial designers, and engineers have been creating award winning designs.
Please contact us and tell us how you would like to help.