Written by Kris Rogers
Northeastern Pennsylvania is looking for Edisons, da Vincis and Guttenbergs.
The TecBridge Inventors’ Guild is a meetup group intent on building an ecosystem for inventors and those who want to work with inventors. This includes working with inventors to get their products ready to be sold publicly; acquiring technology or ideas for their business, or providing services to inventors. The Inventors’ Guild is intended to be a multi-faceted resource for everyone involved in the community.
This is the second meeting for the Inventors’ Guild, taking place on December 19 at 6 p.m. at TekRidge in the Jessup Small Business Center. The event will have several speakers, including a presentation on the TekRidge Center.
Bob Cohn of Product Solutions Inc. in Wilkes-Barre will be in attendance to share some his success stories, and discussing his experience in inventing and product design.
Also, Mike Grobinski and Dan Lykens of Kraken Boardsports will speak about the path from invention to business.
The group’s first meeting in September in Wilkes-Barre saw a mix of roughly 30 aspiring and established inventors and those wishing to work with them in attendance. One of the members, Jerry Lisman of Lisman Holdings Inc. is expecting a similar turnout this month.
The idea behind the Guild was to help serve an underrepresented facet of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. More than just a gathering to show off what one’s built, the group is a regional resource for independent products creation; including networking opportunities and education to turn an idea into a reality.
The Inventors’ Guild, described by Lisman as “For the inventors; by the inventors”, already has quarterly meetings scheduled for March and June of 2017, but may consider switching to a monthly calendar if the group feels necessary.
“Everybody needs something different. We as an organization want to be able to provide the resources an inventor needs to be successful,” Lisman said. “We’re trying to create a vibrant group of experts and inventors and on the same path, and also be a knowledge resource for inventors.”
“It’s not enough to just have a good idea. A good inventor needs to educate themselves and know where their resources are,” said inventor Jim Babinski.
Pizza and other refreshments will be served.
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