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This campaign is for all of us in the Creative Community “Tribe” who want make a living from our ideas, innovations, collaborations and inventions.

Every day millions of people worldwide are inspired with fantastic ideas and inventions. And yet too many of those great ideas never happen. If you are reading this, you may have a great idea or invention in your mind right now! Today we are blessed with many tools to make it easier to bring your idea from concept to market.

It can still be very expensive, time consuming and risky when not done prudently. As many innovators are finding out, there is much more to the process. It is this lack of knowledge that leads to a significant % of successfully crowdfunded projects not being delivered as promised and some not being delivered at all!

We launched the “Lean Invention™” workshop in Austin last year to show “Idea People” how to take their ideas from concept to fruition using a lean strategy (meaning getting to the best results for your idea with the least amount of time and money spent) and to be in a position to produce and deliver their products. Now it is time to move the Lean Invention™ workshop ONLINE and accessible to everyone!

We also began building The School of Invention™, an online platform for collaborators, designers, manufacturers and service providers to support the development of these ideas. We are almost ready to Launch: During the past 2 years we have self-funded this platform with over $200,000 in development.  Now we are asking for your support to get to the finish line.

Why are we crowdfunding? We had not planned to launch for several months (while pursuing the traditional funding of the business). However, we have now stepped up our pace to fill the void in the invention space created by Quirky’s (Quirky was a product development company that crowdsourced ideas) recent bankruptcy. Our model is very different from Quirky, but serves the same creative community. So now we are engaging the Creative Community’s help so we can accelerate the beta process and launch The School of Invention™ platform and develop the online version of the Lean Invention™ workshop. The sooner we all (including you) complete making this happen, the sooner we can all get on with pursuing our ideas, innovations and inventions using this lean methodology.

How we are different? On The School of Invention platform YOU are the inventor and YOU are in control of YOUR idea. This DIY platform enables you to pull together your collaboration team and utilize the training resources, tools, standardized agreements, and processes to develop your idea. We are building a community of manufacturers within the platform and have developed a "RFQ" (request for quote) system to help you secure a manufacturer.  Inventors interested in licensing their ideas will be able to utilize the community of licensing professionals and the licensing program being developed within the platform.

This is an invitation to everybody... great Idea People, those of you who work with the Idea People, and you who are early adopters of new and innovative products; support The School of Invention™ today and let's start turning those great ideas in to reality, join us now!

Risks and challenges

We are already so close to the finish line and we want your input on additional features. We need to fund the final programming and fine tune the online delivery to serve our members and seamlessly connect Idea People, collaborators, and other professionals within The School of Invention platform.

As for delivering our perks on time. We already have successfully delivered the Lean Invention workshop many times and we are now ready to convert it to an online version, with your support. The personal consultations will be delivered by Conley Giles who has traveled the inventor path for the last 30 years, has multiple patents, hands-on experience, and is the driving force behind the LeanInvention™ Method along with Andrew Sanderson a Lean Invention™ expert.

Our plan is to, as always, continue to improve and tweak the Lean Invention™ workshop and continue to develop the optimal platform for innovation. With your support as beta testers, we will listen and receive your valuable input to enhance the platform and incorporate the best feedback.

We believe we can work together as a tribe to move this training online and build this creative community so each one of us will have the opportunity to pursue our ideas efficiently. With perseverance and collaboration we will continually evolve this platform and have the opportunity to create great innovations and generate financial security from our efforts. Join us now and let's get our ideas to market!

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    Online Lean Invention™ Webinar BETA. 6 weekly evening sessions (beginning Dec 2015) of the interactive online webinar based on the Lean Invention™ Method. This is a small BETA group.
    Plus: Be an Original BETA MEMBER with early access (January) to the School of Invention Platform.
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    Self-paced video of the webinar.
    Video library of 6 recorded session of the Lean Invention™ Webinar.
    Plus: Lean Invention™ Workbook in PDF
    Plus: Early BETA (January) access to the School of Invention™ Platform.
    Plus 1 year access to the School of Invention™ Platform after the Beta has ended.
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    Self-paced video of the webinar.
    Video library of 6 recorded session of the Lean Invention™ Webinar. Includes Lean Invention™ Plus: Lean Invention™ Workbook in PDF.
    Plus: Early BETA (January) access to the School of Invention™ Platform.
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    Online Lean Invention™ Webinar. 6 weekly evening sessions (beginning Jan 2016)
    PLUS 1 HOUR PROJECT CONSULTING.
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    Private 2 hour Lean Invention™ webinar with up to 25 participants. Great for incubators & orgs!
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    Personal Advisor for your project. 20 hours of interaction and collaboration to bring your project to fruition. Includes online Lean Invention™ Webinar. 6 weekly evening sessions (beginning 2016) of our interactive online webinar based on our Lean Invention™ method
    Plus: Lean Invention™ Workbook in PDF
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    Lean Invention™ 1-Day Workshop at your location! We'll bring it to your club or organization. Up to 25 participants. You must provide the host facility in the Continental US.
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    TurnKey Lean Invention for your invention: Work with a team of professionals assembled specifically for you project. You will collaborate with professionals to create your: prototype, provisional patent application, trademark, social media profiles, website, national press release, and crowdfunding video.

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