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The Inventors School 2023:
How to Create, Develop and Pursue a Licensable Product Idea
We are on a journey to help inventors and entrepreneurs like you create/develop/market your product ideas
Each month you will learn tools and meet people who can help you on your own journey to bring your product to market
  • HOW to Build an Initial List of Licensing Prospects
  • HOW to Prioritize Prospects by Matching Them with Your Products’ Pricing/Quality/Features and Sales Channels
  • HOW to Create the Initial Draft Script of Your Licensing Pitch
  • WHAT Needs to Part of a Strong Licensing Pitch
  • WHY a Product Demonstration Video is KEY to Licensing Your Product
SPEAKERS: Steve Lyon and Jahn Stopperan will jointly share their expertise and real world experience:
Steve Lyon comes to the inventor world with decades of experience in consumer marketing, merchandising and business ownership and has invented and licensed products into these areas. He has been involved with Inventors Network and several national organizations. He has a breath of knowledge concerning both the independent inventor and how products make it and succeed in the marketplace.
Jahn Stopperan blends a background of new product development, new business start-up, product and process invention experience, go-to-market business development and strategic product marketing to our club. As an owner of a manufacturing company that he launched over 10 years ago, built upon his unique and patented technology and fabrication process. Jahn is available as an experienced businessman to assist members with their plans in either launching a business or positioning for licensing in their invention.

Your Board Can Help You

Here at Inventor's Network
we take pride in the concept of
helping our members network with each other
and we strive to create networking possibilities
in the Inventor sphere.

Networking can be described as
the gathering of individuals
for the purpose of sharing ideas,
concepts, experiences and advice
as well as it being a mechanism
to find answers to questions within the subject,
in our case "Inventing."
Your Board of Directors
encourages you to

seek connections within our organization
to learn as well as share.
Our board is available to answer your questions and
you can contact them by
clicking on their name below.

Below are their areas of expertise.
For general information, to inquire to be a speaker,
or to join, email us at

Steve Lyon, Board President:
Taking products to Market/Licensing
Avoiding mistakes/Navigating problems
How Inventors Network can help
Mike DuMond, Vice President

Selling Your Invention:
HOW is it DIFFERENT than the Competitors?
        WHY Will Customers Buy It?
HOW Will You Sell It?
WHO Will Sell it?

Eliot Evans, Board Member/Secretary

Creating Prototypes
Manufacturing and Design Strategies
Product Assembly

Bill Berggren Esq., Board Member/Treasurer
Protect the Intellectual Property of your invention
Applying for Patent Protection
Obtaining  Trademark Protection 
Will sign NDA’s for confidentiality
Jahn Stopperan, Board Member/Membership
Creating Business Plans and Go-To-Market Strategies
Sales and Distribution Channels
Starting a Business Around Your Invention
How to Get Momentum Going with Your Invention
Fred Sklenar IDSA, ASME, BID, MBA, CPP,

NON-Board Member - website Mgr.
Design for Manufacture (DFM)
Ideation and style Design
Going from idea to consumer 
Manufacturing Process Selection and Sourcing
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering 

Upcoming Programs

Next Meeting


HOPKINS Community Center

Upcoming Meetings:   
  • AUG 16TH: 
  • Identifying Your Licensing Prospects and Finalizing the Licensing Pitch 
  • SEP 20TH: 
  • Building Final Product Prototypes and Creating Presentation Videos
  • OCT 18th:
  • How to Identify and Work with Licensing Agents
  • NOV 15th:
  • Pitch Night: Watch Other Inventors Pitch Their Inventions
Map to Meeting Location
Meetings are third Wednesday of each month starting at 6:00PM.
1001 HWY 7, Eisenhower Community Center (Just West of HWY 169), Hopkins MN 55305
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Present Your Invention
Would you like to present your invention at our monthly meeting?  Every month we offer our members 5-minute slots for them to present their invention to the group anyway they see fit.  We do suggest your idea be patented or patent pending first and you have discussed this with an attorney.  For more details click here.