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Deadline for Exhibiting at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase is Friday, Oct 28th

It all starts with an epiphany. Every invention begins with a single “eureka moment” or some “brilliant revelation” that causes the inventor to take action.

These epiphanies become the idea seeds planted by inventors around the world. But we can only wish the process was as simple as adding water and fertilizer and waiting for the ideas to spring to life.

Inventions are not just patents to be hung on a wall. They are the starting point for a new business enterprise. So, not only does the inventor have to figure out how to create a working product or device, they also have to drive it forward, creating a business model that will enable it to survive. And that’s where the DaVinci Institute comes in.

Da Vinci Institute-2011 Inventors Showcase from Paula Zimmerman on Vimeo.

The DaVinci Inventor Showcase is one of the nation’s premier events focused on creating a link between inventors and world marketplace. By allowing inventors to take center stage and tell the world about their product, they hope to create an unparalleled experience for everyone involved.

The DaVinci Institute often get asked the question about how many of the inventor for the DaVinci Inventor Showcase have become successful. The short answer is – “lots of them.” We don’t know the details on everyone, but we thought we’d share a few stories about some of them:

  • Jim Turner – Optibike( “Since Optibike won the Inventors Showcase in 2007, we have progressed to selling in over 25 countries with our industry-leading Made in America products. In 2011 we opened our 8,000 sq foot flagship retail store in Boulder, Colorado.”
  • Melanie Romero – She-Edison LLC ( “In the past 3 years we have launched 4 products, sold on both HSN and QVC television, done business with ACE Hardware, Lowes, Home Depot, Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond and have made our company profitable. These successes have now led to one of our products being sold in over 750 Wal-Mart stores nationwide.”
  • Stephen Schmutzer – Firefly Medical, Inc.( “Firefly has raised $1.4M in seed funding and has recently signed a term sheet for an additional $2.2M in Series A funding. We are putting a solid management team together, and we plan to take the company’s debut product to market.”
  • Gordon Nuttall – Flip-Pal (, ): “After winning the Davinci Consumer Product of the Year in November 2009, the Couragent team introduced its first product, the Flip-Pal mobile scanner in July 2010. Flip-Pal is sold on,, by over 200 affiliates, Brother sewing machine dealers, independent retailers, and has been seen on HSN and TSC. Our workforce is now 24. Other jobs have been created by the suppliers of accessories such as carry cases and crafting kits, and at our fulfillment center in Northern Colorado. Couragent was featured in the October edition of Money magazine and has syndicated TV airings on The Art of Living and Scrapbook Soup.”

The DaVinci Inventor Showcase on November 5th is the perfect forum for making that happen, and they are sweetening the pot to make this event one of the most rich and valuable experiences of your life.

Celebrity Judges

With over 80 Celebrity Judges attending this year’s event, exhibitors at the Showcase are positioning themselves to receive considerable attention. Judges for the event will include corporate executives, product scouts, media people, venture capitalists, angel investors, seasoned entrepreneurs, and industry specialists. See the judges here.

The $25 Million Innovation Fund

The DaVinci Institute has formed a partnership with North Carolina-based Edison Nation to fund promising inventors through a newly established $25 million innovation fund. As part of this arrangement, Edison Nation founder Louis Foreman, will be a featured speaker and celebrity judge at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase where he will give a short keynote address announcing special invitations for 3-5 inventors exhibiting at the event to take part in the Innovation Fund process.

Meet with Diana Urbine – QVC Expert & On-Air Personality

Diana is the Executive VP Sales and Broadcasting for Spectrum Rep Group in Lancaster, PA. Diana has been an on-air guest personality and manufacturers’ rep for over 10 years at QVC, which includes over 1,500 live on-air appearances. Diana’s keynote talk will happen at 5:00 pm.

Meet with Matt Genandt – Product Manager for SkyMall

Matt Genandt is the Chief Product Scout for SkyMall and will be on-hand to answer your questions about getting your product listed in this famous airline publication.

Free Passes to Inventor Boot Camp on Oct 22nd

All exhibitors will also receive free passes to the Inventor Boot Camp on October 22nd. This is a great time to meet the other exhibitors, pick the brains of successful inventors and learn how to maximize your opportunities on Nov 5th. Details here.

Special Media Attention

The DaVinci Institute spends months working to get the word out to the right kind of people. Last year’s event played host to five film crews at the event, including Channel 7 and 9News broadcasting live at the event, as well as other newspaper and magazine reporters, bloggers, podcasters, and many others.

Much, Much More…

Exhibiting 6′ Tabletop – Details here
Exhibiting 10′ X 10′ Booth – Details here
For questions about becoming an exhibitor please contact Jan at 303-666-4133 or jan (at)


EVENT: 2011 DaVinci Inventor Showcase
DATE: November 5, 2011 – Saturday
TIME: 12:00pm – 7:30pm
LOCATION: Noah’s Event Center, 11885 N. Bradburn Blvd., Westminster, CO 80031 – Driving Directions

GENERAL ADMISSION: $20, Members: $15, SuperMembers: Free
EXCLUSIVE VIP ATTENDANCE: $109, Members: $89, SuperMembers: $89
EXHIBITOR – 6′ TABLETOP: $300, Members: $300, SuperMembers: $300
EXHIBITOR – 10′ BOOTH: $500, Members: $500, SuperMembers: $500

REGISTER: Register here to attend

PHONE: 303-666-4133

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Diana Urbine, QVC Expert & On-Air Personality
FEATURED SPEAKER: Louis Foreman, Founder and Chief Executive of Eventys and CEO of Edison Nation