At 22TechPark, we are working to build an incubator that will help companies successfully launch their business. While we provide a place for entrepreneurs to flourish within an environment that is conducive to teamwork, sharing, and execution, there come many questions and needs. Among these concerns, investment, connections, space to work, customers, and marketing prove to be the most prevalent.
Many inventors have great ideas- they have spent long, strenuous hours researching and developing their initial idea, and now they think it’s time to discuss with an engineer, developer, or customer. But, what’s next? Should you disclose or protect your idea first? What can you do to protect your idea so that it cannot be stolen? Is a patent or trademark in your company’s near future? The process of getting trademarks or patents can be confusing and expensive. When should you file your patent applications? Is patent protection even necessary for your startup? How does one come up with a trademark? Find out these answers and more-Join us at 22TechPark this Thursday, August 13th at 12pm as our three expert panelists answer any looming questions you may have about IP and patents, and learn what it takes to become a success story in the startup world.
In some recent blogs, I have written about the need for a technology incubator in Peachtree Corners, and the types of companies that would likely thrive in this type of environment.
The incubator is still just an idea—but an idea that is rapidly gaining steam and interest in the community. Incubators have thrived inside the perimeter—ATV and ATDC have potential tenants lined up to apply for admission. However, out here in the suburbs, people have questioned whether we have the “cool factor,” the access to smart people, or the entrepreneurial spirit of those in the city. My guess is that we can create this environment, and that some of these entrepreneurs actually live right here among us and commute to the incubators in the city—wishing there was a Gwinnett option to avoid hours in the car.
Entrepreneurs are usually “idea people,” and I have had my share of good and bad ideas. I have thought of hundreds if not thousands of new business venture ideas over the past few years. Most, if not all of them, would have required commitment, time, and expertise that I certainly did not have – not while running another company. In the meantime, I am thinking of starting an incubator in Peachtree Corners. I wish I could remember all the ideas, but for now I will try to remember three of them. Two of which I think are good ones and one not so much. You can decide for yourself which category each idea belongs. Also, I have neither patented nor researched any of these, nor do I intend to pursue them. If you like it, feel free to “steal my idea,” but only steal it if you promise to launch your company in my incubator.