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 student, just about anyone.

On Monday, February 27, the TU Incubator is hosting the NMTC 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 NMTC Inventor’s Portal Workshop 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.

February 27, 2017 — Session 1 — Have an Idea? What’s next?

Presenter: 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.

March 13, 2017 — Session 2 — Is your idea good enough?

Presenter: 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.

March 27, 2017 — Session 3 — To patent or not to patent?

Presenter: 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.

April 10, 2017 — Session 4 — Funding your dream

Presenter: Doug Zeisel, Partner — Technology Commercialization Ventures

How much do you need/ Sources of capital/ How to find $

April 24, 2017 — Session 5 — Writing the killer business plan

Presenter: Neil Davis, Director of Entrepreneurial Development — TEDCO

The components of a winning business plan and how to make them sparkle.

Time & Location

The NMTC Inventor’s Workshop Portal will be held from 4:30–6:00 PM at the TU Incubator located at 7400 York Road, Towson, MD 21204 (see map) in Room 301. There is free parking available.


Please register for the NMTC Inventor’s Portal here.