5th Annual Michigan Inventors Expo

09-15-2017 2:00 pm - 09-16-2017 6:00 pm
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Address: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA

Join us for a day and a half of networking, pitches and education! The 5th Annual Michigan Inventors Expo will allow you to showcase your product, participate in the Spin, Pitch & Sell contest and takeaway helpful tips for further developing your invention.

New this year, join us September 15th, 2017 from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM for our expert round tables, speakers and a networking reception!! Come back September 16th, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM to connect with our exhibitors and hear from more speakers!

Be sure to plan on staying Friday night for the Michigan State University Regional Economic Innovation’s (REI) Networking Mixer from 6:00 – 7:30 PM!

We will have some of the most in-demand experts sitting at different tables answering questions from local inventors. If you are not comfortable asking the questions you still can sit in at any table and listen to what other problems inventors are running into.

  1. Ken Johnson – Licensing your product! Inventor of Phase 10

  2. Orville Crain – Retired from a successful “Grassroots” Business.

  3. Mike Suman – 50+ Patents- Should my idea become a business?

  4. Karen Smoots – The Green Glove Dryer – Inventor/Marketer

  5. Denise Sylvester & Cynthia Kelly – Patents-Trademarks Detroit USPTO Office

  6. Jake M. Ward – Ward Law Office – Registered Patent Attorney ESQ

  7. David Fedewa – Product Licensing Specialist -InventRight

  8. Marty Solvis – President ICCM/Sovilok – 10 Steps to Inventing! Booklet

  9. Connie Larson – Worked for VZ Hang. – Successfully selling on Amazon

  10. Chris & Melissa Allen – Young inventors Tinkerlab

  11. Leandra Nisbet – Stingray Advisory Group – How to grow and sustain your invention business – Strategic Planning – Financials – Marketing

  12. Gary Crain – Unik sales – How to succeed with Direct Sales and at Tradeshows

  13. Joe Finkler – As Seen on TV – Packaging/Marketing

  14. Mary Kordyban – Detroit Library – Great Resources

  15. Nicole Royer – Successful Marketing & Business Practices to Grow!

  16. Casey Dubois – Selfie stand GR business – Making the right connections

  17. John Hopkins – 501(c)3 Non-Profit Paperwork & Starting a MI Inventors Group

  18. Jordan Vanderham – How to Win @ Pitch contests!. Winners of over 6 contests

  19. Duane Weed – Buy Local Michigan Storyteller – Videos are a must for every business!

  20. Jimmy Tomczak – Inventor/Author #1 book exploring the highs and lows of running multiple businesses

  21. Todd Kauranen – Disher Design – Helping bring a product from napkin to launch

  22. Gabriel Stone – Skypoint Ventures & 100K Ideas – A nonprofit innovation hub in Flint helping inventors make ideas into businesses.

  23. Ken Root – SBAM – Small Business Association of Michigan

  24. Matt Jung – Co Founder of Comfort Research – Big Joe & Lux by Big Joe Brands, Which sells at retailer’s Meijer, Target, Wal-Mart, Costco and Amazon. A Grand Rapids seating maker is eager for you to take a seat!

  25. REI – Supporting inventors – Working with Economic Development professionals – Learn more about Maker Spaces