Independent Inventors:

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New England Invents is a dynamic 501(c)(3) non-profit that educates, promotes, and supports independent inventors.

What We Offer

Speaker Series

Online and in-person seminars where inventors learn from industry experts and also get the opportunity to meet with other inventors.

Product Pitch

Opportunity for inventors to present their products to a panel of experts.  Inventors will receive constructive feedback and input on how to improve their pitch.

1 on 1 Consulting

In-person or virtual consulting with an expert at any time during an inventor’s commercialization journey.

 

Member Spotlight

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Lexa Gandolfo Receives Patent for Cargo Caddie ™

Our very own Executive Director and NEI member, Lexa Gandolfo, was awarded a utility patent for her invention, Cargo Caddie. Cargo Caddie ™ is a stowable trunk shelf for SUVs and CUVs and nearly doubles usable cargo space.

Patent No: US 11, 858, 466.

In May 2023, Gandolfo licensed her intellectual property to a global leader in the automotive, RV, towing, and boating industry. Look for it on the store shelves later this Summer!​

Why become a member?

Affordable


NEI memberships are only $40/year.

Community


NEI members are part of a supportive and collaborative community of like-minded individuals who provide a safe and nurturing environment to grow your ideas.

Flexible Learning Options


NEI offers flexible education through seminars, one-on-one consulting, and an upcoming online certification course, catering to independent inventors of all backgrounds.

Mentorship


NEI membership offers valuable mentorship from successful inventors, providing honest guidance throughout your product's journey.

What Our Members Say

Imagine having an invention that you’re passionate about but not knowing how to share it with the rest of the world. New England Invents offered me an opportunity to participate in a pitch session where I was able to network with other inventor and pitch to a panel of professionals who offered helpful feedback and advice. That experience gave me the self confidence to take my invention to the next level. Their resources, expertise and knowledge seem unlimited and they have quite literally taken me from my workshop to the world.

Judi Moldstad
Founder of the Reshaper

PARTNER WITH NEW ENGLAND INVENTS TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT INVENTORS

Organizations and Corporations can partner with us to make innovation inclusive for independent inventors of all backgrounds working to turn product ideas into reality.

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Our Partners

What Are We Working On?

Educational Certification Course

NEI is developing a 12-part course covering each step of the product commercialization lifecycle.  Some of the topics include intellectual property protection, product pitch,  funding, prototyping, marketing and PR, licensing, manufacturing, and retails sales.

The certification course is designed to offer an immersive learning experience for students by incorporating video interviews with various subject matter experts as well as real-life tasks that simulate practical scenarios such as obtaining a business loan.

This course will launch September 2024.

Educational Certification Course

NEI is developing a 12-part course covering each step of the product commercialization lifecycle.  Some of the topics include intellectual property protection, product pitch,  funding, prototyping, marketing and PR, licensing, manufacturing, and retails sales.

The certification course is designed to offer an immersive learning experience for students by incorporating video interviews with various subject matter experts as well as real-life tasks that simulate practical scenarios such as obtaining a business loan.

This course will launch September 2024.

Product Workshop Course

NEI is developing a two-day workshop where participants will work in teams to solve everyday problems with a new consumer product concept.  

By the end of the workshop, participants not only will have learned about the process of product ideation, but also product manufacturability and marketability.

The product workshop will launch Summer 2024.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Check out Past Events

September 28, 2023 Jules Pieri and the Role of Innovation in Product Development

Co-founder & Former CEO of The Grommet 🔹 Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs (2013) 🔹 Goldman Sachs’s 100 Most Interesting Entrepreneurs (2014) 🔹 Entrepreneur in Residence Emeritus at Harvard Business School 🔹 Member at G20 Ventures 🔹 Investing Partner at XFactor Ventures

From her roots as an industrial designer to her executive roles at iconic brands like Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool, Jules’s journey is a true testament to innovation and entrepreneurship. Join us on September 28th for a conversation filled with invaluable insights and visionary strategies that have shaped the business landscape.
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August 14, 2023 How to Increase Your Chances of Licensing Your Product

Sit down with us as we speak with Michael Miller. Michael is the Former Director of Product Partnerships for NCH Corporation where he led the Product Partnership Program for three companies within NCH corporation: Hero Pet Brands, Plumbing Products Group, and LSP company. Brands include Danco, Danco Next, Go Bidet, Disposal Genie, RediTape, MJSI, Rapid Fit, Pull stop Box, and Aqua- Flo. NCH products are carried at Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Lowes, Amazon, True Value, Menards, Petco, Pet Smart, KB Homes, ACE, Bed Bath and Beyond, QVC, and more.

Michael currently works as an independent consultant developing open innovation programs for several large consumer products companies. He is also an inventor himself, having licensed multiple products.
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May 17, 2023 Fast Tracking the Patent Process

NEI hosted the USPTO in discussing their exciting new First-Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program in person at UMass Lowell Innovation Hub Haverhill.

This pilot program is available to applicants with “micro entity status” (gross income of $212,352 or less). And it will particularly benefit inventors in historically under-served geographic and economic areas.

Typically, a patent applicant will wait upwards of two years before receiving a patent examiner’s written notice of findings (“office action”) on a patent application. With this new First-Time Filer Expedited Examination Pilot Program, most applicants will receive their office action in less than one month. By lowering time barriers as well as application fees for independent inventors who might otherwise be unable to participate in the patent system, this initiative will greatly accelerate a key milestone in the commercialization of their innovations.

Brannon Smith, Legal Advisor in the USPTO’s Office of Patent Legal Administration, will explain program requirements and how to apply. There will be time for Q&A, as well. More information about this program can be found on the USPTO website.
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