Inventors of New England: More Info
Help for start-ups
Have an invention that you'd like to market? There are several
organizations to help inventors:
In Concord, NH, The Academy of Applied Science is
involved in the commercialization and transfer of new technologies,
partnering inventors with companies throughout the world.
They also support a national Young Inventors Program, put
out a teacher's manual on inventors, and offer other opportunities
for adults and youth to explore the intersection of technology
The Academy of Applied Science also supports
the United Inventors Association that provides
leadership, support, and services to inventor support groups
and independent inventors.
In each of the states in northern New England, there's local
help for inventor entrepreneurs:
The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) is
a non-profit organization created to encourage, promote,
stimulate and support research and development activity leading
to commercialization of new products and services in the
State's technology intensive sectors.
The University of Maine's Department of Industrial Cooperation
acts as a business liaison between business, industry and
the University of Maine. They also support a Portland Inventors
The State of New Hampshire's Division of Economic Development
has information for business and inventor start ups.
The New Hampshire Inventors Association meets monthly.
Invent Vermont educates and assists Vermont inventors in
developing and marketing their ideas. This is accomplished
through such activities as education and networking, private
inventor sessions, and help teams.
Resources for Vermont's High Tech start-ups can be found
at the Department of Economic Development.
Start a Robotics Team
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
offers innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge
and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities
in science, technology and engineering. As seen on QUEST,
they organize a robotics competition for high school students
and in addition, a junior robotics competition or Lego League
for 9-14 year-olds.
Become an InvenTeam
The Lemmelson-MIT Program has a variety of awards and prizes
for inventors. Among these are their awards to student InvenTeams,
like the one at Littleton High School in New Hampshire, to
create an invention to help in the team's community. You
can also access their Inventor's Handbook that explains the
patent process, find invention games and trivia, and click
on links to other good web sites for young inventors.
Several youth programs run by the Academy of Applied Science
also offer encouraging events and programs for young inventors.
The Inventors Hall of Fame web site offers information on
Camp Invention, a summer activity organized through local
elementary schools, as well as the Collegiate Inventors Competition.