The Backyard Inventor’s Maze: Navigating Idea to Market

Product ideas, inventions and inventors have been making headlines in the media lately. Just this week the Ottawa Citizen covered an Industry Canada Inventor Report that showed 13 per cent of Canadians consider themselves inventors – are you one of them? If so, you may be interested in knowing what it takes to move your idea from the “ah-ha” moment to distributors and store shelves. Last month, Profit Magazine took a stab at unraveling this daunting process with a well written piece called the “Inventor’s Playbook”.  In the article they […]
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Why Inventors Are the Center of New Innovation

Design 1st offers help to many innovators to commercialize their product ideas providing them everything they need from patent submissions to design, marketing and manufacturing specifications.  This approach allows them to control the business direction from licensing to full production and sales. With the increasing number of Canadian innovators and inventors, corporations are taking notice. A research paper led by MIT professor and author Eric von Hippel emphasizes this point stating: “Companies will have to help their own product developers look at consumer-developed innovations with new eyes – not just […]
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Design 1st Featured in CBC News Investigation on Product Idea Dispute

CBC Go Public 's Investigative Team Asked Design 1st For Expert Opinion   Design 1st President Kevin Bailey gave expert analysis on CBC Go Public's investigation of an inventor’s complaint that Tim Horton’s took their idea. CBC Go Public's Investigative Report Featuring Design 1st President Kevin Bailey (2:18min) Ahead of the interview with CBC Dragons' Den host Diane Buckner, Kevin ran an in-house experiment looking at how likely it would be for separate individuals to come up with similar product designs. The experiment gave three Design 1st product designers the challenge of […]
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Investing in Product Design Brings Big Rewards

Inventors are unique. They often toil alone, working with minimal resources as they chase the wisp of an idea. When they achieve those eureka moments — that point when all the thinking, sketching, tinkering and building produce a viable product — they are just beginning. It takes money to take that innovative or creative new idea or product to the market and that is where investors can play a crucial and possibly lucrative role. Many would be investors shy away from this type of investment, claiming the risks are too […]
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Mom Turned Inventor of “myColdCup”

When engineer and mother Gwenda Lindhorst–Ko visited the Design 1st offices for the first time in 2009 she brought only herself and an idea. The idea was an invention that would solve the novel problem of keeping her child’s milk cold throughout the school day. The end result was “myColdCup” an innovative product guaranteed to keep milk cool for 5 + hours. Recently, Gwenda was featured on the television show “Backyard Inventors” – a video of her segment is included below.
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