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Official Government Links

Helpful Non-Profit Organizations

Other Helpful Links

Networking & Educational References

Networking:

Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Inventors-Network-of-Minnesota Join & RSVP
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Inventors-Network-Minnesota Join and start a discussion
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inventorsnetworkMN Join group and like us
Tech.MN: http://Tech.mn Events calendar on entrepreneur and startup community

Startup Community:

ClubE: http://www.clube.com Bringing entrepreneurs together through education & networking
MN Entrepreneurs: http://www.mnentrepreneurs.org Bringing entrepreneurs together
Beta.mn http://beta.mn Friends & founders gathering together to support Minnesota’s startup community.
Startup.co: https://www.startups.co Startup Launch Platform
Ideagist: https://ideagist.com Startup Launch Platform
88 Startups: http://startup88.com Information on how to successfully launch
TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com Where new products launch

Crowdfunding:

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com
Indiegogo: http://www.indiegogo.com
GoFundMe: http://www.gofundme.com

Licensing:

Allstar: http://allstarmg.com
Telebrands: http://www.telebrands.com
Idea Village: https://www.ideavillage.com
Quirky: https://www.quirky.com
Edison Nation: http://www.edisonnation.com

Venture Capital:

Gust: https://gust.com Angel investors and startups platform
Gopher Angels: http://www.gopherangels.com Connecting angel investors & startups
Arthur Ventures: http://www.arthurventures.com Venture capital company

Makerspace & Hackathons:

Nordeast Makers: http://www.nordeastmakers.com
Twin Cities Maker: http://www.tcmaker.org
Minnedemo: http://minnestar.org/minnedemo Minnesota’s Tech & Startup community
Startup Weekend: http://www.startupweekend.org
MakerFair: http://www.makerfaire.com

Informative Newsletters:

ProductHunt: http://www.producthunt.com Aggregator of new products
Minnov8: http://minnov8.com News on MN startup community
CB Insights: http://www.cbinsights.com Venture capital database
IoTWeekly: http://www.iotweeklynews.com Aggregator on The Internet of Things

Podcasts:

Udacity: https://www.udacity.com/course/ep245 How to build a startup
iTunes: Bothsides TV by Mark Suster
iTunes: How to start a startup by y Conbinator and Stanford University
iTunes: Seth Godin’s Startup School
iTunes: The Inventor’s Mind by Chris Hawker

Official Government Links


USPTO – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
www.uspto.gov/
Home page

USPTO – Inventor Resources
www.uspto.gov/inventors/index.jsp
Inventor Help and Information

USPTO – Information Video
www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/ptdl/CBT/
Excellent General Information on Patents and Performing a Preliminary Patent Search

USPTO – International Patent Information (PCT)
www.uspto.gov/patents/int_protect/index.jsp
USPTO Portal Page for United States PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) Information

WIPO – World Intellectual Property Org.
www.wipo.int/portal/index.html.en
Portal Page for the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) for information on International Treaties on Patents.

Patent and Trademark Resource Center – Minneapolis
www.hclib.org/pub/search/SubjectGuides.cfm?Topic=Patents/Trademarks
Website and information about the PTRC located at the Minneapolis Central Library (Hennepin County)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Minnesota District Office
http://archive.sba.gov/localresources/district/mn/index.html
Great information about what help is available from the SBA and others in our area.

Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC)
http://wisc.uww.edu/
U of Wisc – Whitewater. The Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC) specializes in new product and invention assessments and market expansion opportunities for innovative manufacturers, technology businesses, and independent inventors. Also, many other resources.

Helpful Non-Profit Organizations


SCORE – Minnesota
http://new.score-mn.org/
Volunteer Retired Business Exectutives for Mentoring/Consulting and Help. Find the office nearest to you.
Minnesota Inventor’s Congress (MIC)
www.minnesotainventorscongress.org/
Not just an Annual Show – A Real Resource Center

United Inventors Association
www.uiausa.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=122380&orgId=uia
Resources, warnings, information, & articles.

InventorED
www.inventored.org/
Educating Inventors and Entrepeneurs

Other Helpful Links

Want to make something check out these local maker spaces.

http://www.tcmaker.org/blog/

 

http://nordeastmakers.com/

Inventor’s Digest Magazine/WebSite
www.inventorsdigest.com/
A Great Resource for Inventors……… (Members of our Org. are eligible for a discount on the subscription to the monthly magazine).

National Inventor Fraud Center, Inc. (NIFC)
www.inventorfraud.com/
A MUST read site … more than once.

Inventor’s HQ
www.inventorshq.com/
Some interesting reading, and helpful links.

Invent-Net
www.inventnet.com/
Great site for resources
Inventnow Org.
www.inventnow.org/dyn/showroom/pdf/InventorsToolKit.pdf
Download their FREE Inventor’s Toolkit … Great for the kids!
Wall Street Journal – Small Business
http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-small-business-marketing.html
New and archived articles/videos/how-to guides.

Product Development & Design

http://www.pddnet.com/

Design World

http://www.designworldonline.com/

3D Printing Industry Articles

www.3dprintingindusry.com

Manufacturing News

http://www.quickmanufacturingnews.com/

Industry Week

http://www.industryweek.com/

Design News

http://www.designnews.com/