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Official Government Links

Helpful Non-Profit Organizations

Other Helpful Links

Networking & Educational References


Meetup: Join & RSVP
Linkedin: Join and start a discussion
Facebook: Join group and like us
Tech.MN: Events calendar on entrepreneur and startup community

Startup Community:

ClubE: Bringing entrepreneurs together through education & networking
MN Entrepreneurs: Bringing entrepreneurs together Friends & founders gathering together to support Minnesota’s startup community. Startup Launch Platform
Ideagist: Startup Launch Platform
88 Startups: Information on how to successfully launch
TechCrunch: Where new products launch




Idea Village:
Edison Nation:

Venture Capital:

Gust: Angel investors and startups platform
Gopher Angels: Connecting angel investors & startups
Arthur Ventures: Venture capital company

Makerspace & Hackathons:

Nordeast Makers:
Twin Cities Maker:
Minnedemo: Minnesota’s Tech & Startup community
Startup Weekend:

Informative Newsletters:

ProductHunt: Aggregator of new products
Minnov8: News on MN startup community
CB Insights: Venture capital database
IoTWeekly: Aggregator on The Internet of Things


Udacity: 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
Home page

USPTO – Inventor Resources
Inventor Help and Information

USPTO – Information Video
Excellent General Information on Patents and Performing a Preliminary Patent Search

USPTO – International Patent Information (PCT)
USPTO Portal Page for United States PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) Information

WIPO – World Intellectual Property Org.
Portal Page for the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) for information on International Treaties on Patents.

Patent and Trademark Resource Center – Minneapolis
Website and information about the PTRC located at the Minneapolis Central Library (Hennepin County)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Minnesota District Office
Great information about what help is available from the SBA and others in our area.

Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC)
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
Volunteer Retired Business Exectutives for Mentoring/Consulting and Help. Find the office nearest to you.
Minnesota Inventor’s Congress (MIC)
Not just an Annual Show – A Real Resource Center

United Inventors Association
Resources, warnings, information, & articles.

Educating Inventors and Entrepeneurs

Other Helpful Links

Want to make something check out these local maker spaces.

Inventor’s Digest Magazine/WebSite
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)
A MUST read site … more than once.

Inventor’s HQ
Some interesting reading, and helpful links.

Great site for resources
Inventnow Org.
Download their FREE Inventor’s Toolkit … Great for the kids!
Wall Street Journal – Small Business
New and archived articles/videos/how-to guides.

Product Development & Design

Design World

3D Printing Industry Articles

Manufacturing News

Industry Week

Design News