Interested In Startups? Check Out Leicester Launch48 Weekend 2013

For anyone interested in being part of a new startup and meeting interesting people this sounds like a great idea especially if you are anywhere near Leicester UK.I’d go if I hadn’t already got something on that weekend.

What is Launch 48?

From the website:

The Launch48 weekend is a unique experience for building web startups with a group of teams from a range of backgrounds and different sets of skills.

For each team, the goal is simple: pitch, build and launch a startup in 48 hours.

The Launch48 weekend is different from most hackathon’s and entrepreneurial events because:

  1. We focus on the business and ensuring you understand your customers. Check out the agenda for more information.
  2. We have a great set of mentors that work with groups to develop their business
  3. Each team has about 10 people working on each idea from a broad range of backgrounds
  4. We don’t allow pre-existing teams.
  5. Participants meet, learn from, and work with many people throughout the event
  6. All aspects of a business are covered including planning, marketing, PR, branding, design, finance, and development

When: Friday 6th September to Sunday 8th September 2013.
Where: LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE (see directions)

Find out more at http://leicester.launch48.com/

Leicester Launch48

Interview with Inventor Shawn Moye about the Electronic Basketball Shooting Coach

In this inventor interview Shawn Moye who invented a product to help people learn how to shoot a basketball.

Shawn Moye inventorTara: What is your name, invention name and website URL?

Shawn: Shawn Moye, electronic basketball shooting coach, http://www.electronicshootingcoach.com

Tara: Please could you tell me a little bit about where you are based, your background experience how you first started inventing?

Shawn: I am located in Phoenix Arizona. When I first started, I did not know where to turn. I was only 16, living in Ohio, had no money, and no one around me with patent experience so I thought I was stuck. However, what I did know was that it’s important to protect your idea because what may be a dream to you may be a nightmare to someone else. So I eventually turned to turn to an invention submission company for protection. They were eager to help me following an $11,000 upfront fee. After doing an assignment an investor gave me I found out through the Better Business Bureau that the invention submission company had numerous lawsuits pending against it. I now have my Master’s in Business Management with an minor in Entrepreneurship and have been inventing for over 20 years.

basket ball coaching gadget

Tara: Please could you tell me a little bit about your invention, what it is, and how you came up with the idea?

Shawn: We are the creators of The Electronic Basketball Shooting Coach (EBSC), which is endorsed by college and AAU coaches and is ergonomically design to help kids develop the muscle memory needed to maintain proper form when shooting a basketball. I came up with this product while I was trying to teach my son the proper way to shoot a basketball. As I looked around the park I saw that a lot of kids were trying to learn the same thing but didn’t have anyone there to teach them properly. The adults that were with the kids didn’t have the knowledge to teach them properly either. That is when I first came up with the idea. What sets this product apart is the Chip On Board technology that allows this product to talk to you. Yes, it talks! It’s like having a coach on your arm! (Good for people of all ages). Our recently patented product is the answer to the youth’s dilemma when learning how to shoot a basketball correctly. Our product, the Electronic Basketball Shooting Coach, helps create the muscle memory need to maintain proper form when shooting a basketball. The E.B.S.C is lightweight weighing only 70 grams, self contained, and easy to use. It will make learning how to properly shoot a basketball more exciting, especially for the millions of youth basketball players who are fast becoming students of the game and not just players of the game. Up until now, a novice basketball player had no accurate method to identify if they were shooting a basketball properly. When you shoot the basketball with the elbow tucked in the product will not sound but if your elbow is out when you shoot the basketball then an alarm will talk and tell you to “keep your elbow tucked in”. Speaking four different phrases when you wear this product it’s like having a real coach on your arm! We have revolutionized the way youth are taught how to shoot a basketball and have raised the bar for the industry by supplying a higher performing product, which ensures a higher performance for the consumer. Golf is next!

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Tara: What were the first steps you took after having your idea?

 

Shawn: I did not know it at the time but the library is where the first step of my thousand-mile journey began. I decided to check out a book on patents. I know its considered taboo to attempt to learn about patents but my inquiring mind wanted to know what was so terrifying. I had to find out why patent attorney’s or invention submission companies are the only entities entitled to learn about the patent process. That day changed my life forever.

Tara: Did you get presentation drawing sheets produced or make a prototype of your invention, how did you go about this?

Shawn: I found a toy designer online to build my prototype for me. Now, I am not an attorney but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention to clearly state everything you want them to do for you in writing in a signed contract. I bring it up because somewhere along the process the toy designer began to love my idea so much that he asked if I wanted to renegotiate the contract we had. After I declined, he said “I wish I had asked for more in the beginning”. I did have a company make some drawings for me which helped when I began to patent my product.

Tara: Did you try and patent or protect your idea in any way and how did you go about it?

Shawn: After learning about different patents, I decided to save time and money by preparing a provisional patent on my own before developing a utility patent. The provisional patent gave me a year to conduct focus groups to find out if my product was functional before I spent thousands on a utility patent. I filed for an utility patent own my own and have just been approved for my utility patent on 6/18/2013. People said I needed a patent attorney but I didn’t. We can do anything we put our minds too.

Tara: Did you always intend manufacturing your invention yourself or did you look into licensing the idea?

Shawn: I have always intended to manufacture my product. It has been difficult but it has been fun. I got online and found companies that could manufacture my product. I am now working with off shore companies but it can be hard because when a change needs to be made it takes a longer time to have the changes made. Recently I have begun looking for licensing deals.

Tara: How did you go about finding a suitable manufacturer for your invention and did you self fund this?

Shawn: I contacted offshore agents who offered to find companies but because of my limited capital I decided to find some companies I have been blessed enough to have find two offshore companies to make my product.

Tara: What have you found are the best ways of promoting your invention?

Shawn: The best ways I have found to promote my invention is through social media sites and through my website. I have found a marketing company that has helped me get my product in desired events.

Tara: What were the most difficult elements of bringing your invention to market?

Shawn: It is hard trying to get in front of buyers for companies and raising the funding to build inventory. Most times major companies want you to have the clients and orders before contacting them but its hard if you don’t have the money to do so.

Tara: How long has it taken from your initial idea to taking it to market?

Shawn: It has taken about 3 years because I wanted to make sure I had all of my I’s dotted and T’s crossed before I tried to contact any companies. I have heard of people having their ideas stolen because they were not properly protected.

Tara: Is there anything you learned developing your invention that you would now do differently if you had to do it all again?

Shawn: I wouldn’t do anything differently!

Tara: What advice would you give any aspiring inventor with an idea?

Shawn: I would tell them to never give up on their dreams! Its going to be hard, people are going to tell you it wont work, people are going to envious, but don’t let it stop you. Take one-step at a time, put yourself around positive people, talk to people that are at the level you are trying to get too, and just do it!

Tara: Where can people find out more about you your invention?

Shawn: People can find out more about my invention at

For more information please contact Shawn Moye at shawnmoye@themoyegroup.com 480-363-5736

Are you an inventor or invention expert with an interesting story or advice to share? Please get in touch via the contact form or email tara (at) ideasuploaded (dot) com

Find a Mentor / One to One Learning Swap

learning swap mentorship

It’s always difficult to learn something new, but wouldn’t it be cool if you had someone who could help you one-to-one?

And what if it was totally free

Let’s face it one-to-one tuition and mentorship is USUALLY pretty expensive, but what if we all helped each other by swapping our skills?

FILL IN THE LEARNING SWAP FORM HERE

For Example – I am learning to program Ruby on Rails and would love to have a Mentor I could go to when I am really stuck. Well, I would be happy to help them learn design or even do some design work in return.

You could swap

  • Business start up help for Photoshop work
  • Help with drawings of your invention for Marketing Help
  • Spanish conversation practice for Maths help
  • Design Mentoring for Guitar Mentoring

You get the gist – you swap some of your time/expertise for the other persons.

Interested?

FILL IN THE LEARNING SWAP/ FIND A MENTOR FORM HERE and if there are enough people interested I will put together a mailing list with what everyone is looking for. and see how we can help each other.

PS. Please share the link with your friends, the more people interested the more chance of getting a good match.

www.docs.google.com/forms/d/1o-Bg6UNcyBEhYDBCPejwOhE1zeSFhYiyDNiEyMFUyj8/viewform

 

Learn to Create a Startup Business or Product – Free and Cheap Online Classes

I just wanted to let you know about a few free and inexpensive classes which might be of interest to anyone wanting to start a business or create a product on a shoestring budget. I am not sure how long the free courses with remain free, so sign up if you are interested quickly (I have).

Running Lean: Raise Your Odds of Building a Successful Product – Free

lean start up class

“The class is designed for entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs looking to launch a startup idea or bring a new product to market. It will show you how to get starting by first capturing your initial vision (or Plan A) and then how to bullet-proof this vision and begin the process of stress-testing your business model.”

Find out more about the free class and enrol on Skillshare.com

Minimum Viable Product: Launch Your Startup Idea for Less than $1,000 – Free

This class is taught by the creator of Skillshare

Minimum viable product skillshare class

“Clearly communicate your startup idea in one sentence Identify the holes in your startup idea and the top 2-3 solutions to plug them Create an action plan with your first five (5) action steps towards validating your startup idea for less than $1,000 Choose one key metric you’ll use to measure success”

Find out more about the free class and enrol on Skillshare.com

Start a profitable business without needing a tech co-founder – $25 (but save $10 with my link below)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwbtSPQ8jAY

This class is taught by Noah Kagon who has worked for Mint, Facebook and now owns Appsumo. He has ery simple ways of testing ideas.

“What you’ll learn in this course: How to validate your business ideas and determine if its worth pursuing and  how to find your first customer”

Find out more about the free class and enrol on Skillshare.com (please note this link gets you a discount of $10 and I will also get a $10 credit)

Manufacturing: Design, Source and Manufacture Your Product Idea – $25 (but save $10 with my link below)

product development and manufacture

I have no experience of this class,  but it looks like it could be useful for anyone wanting to get a product manufactured

“You’ll finish knowing how to design, source, and manufacture your product in a step-by-step process. You’ll learn basic manufacturing “speak”, prepare for “sticky spots” like vetting factories and ensuring quality control, and hear from a range of guest experts in this field. You’ll also have access to Vendor and Supplier referrals from myself and my team. You’ll walk away with your very own Production Plan that you can use to take your idea from concept to finished product.”

Find out more about the free class and enrol on Skillshare.com (please note this link gets you a discount of $10 and I will also get a $10 credit)