Submitting an Idea

Every great idea begins with a Spark...

Inspiration can strike anytime and anywhere. Capturing and cataloging your moments of inspiration has been frustrating... until now.

We created Sparks to make it easy to capture your moments of inspiration and turn them into full-fledged ideas:

Create sparks to quickly record new ideas.

Easily convert sparks into complete ideas when it's convenient for you.

Quickly submit ideas into innovation searches.

The Spark feature can be found by clicking the lightning bolt icon on your Dashboard.

Anything you put into a Spark cannot be seen by the Edison Nation Team until it is converted into a submission and submitted to one of our searches.

Edison Nation accepts ideas through our secure online submission process.

First, check out what searches we have running. You'll find we regularly work with household companies to help them find new product ideas. If you see a search that's a fit for your idea, submit!

We understand that we may not always have a search running that fits your idea. The Edison Nation Licensing Team hosts an ongoing search for new consumer product ideas in all categories.

Our Edison Nation ASOTV Team also hosts a search for new hit TV products that is open to you at all times.

If you'd like to learn more about the successful products that have come from our platform, please read through our success stories!

Edison Nation only accepts ideas through our secure online submission system.

Our submission system protects you from public disclosure of your idea(s) - your idea is never shared with the community during the review process.

Our system allows you to provide the review team with a detailed explanation of your idea, and allows our review team to evaluate your idea through our eight-stage process.

Yes, this program is global. We'd like to hear about your ideas no matter where you're located.

You've got to be at least 18-years-old to submit an idea. Those who are under age can submit an idea through a parent or legal guardian.

You don't need a patent to submit an idea. We're open to all great, new ideas.

All ideas are protected and never shared publicly until licensed. All reviewers and potential licensing partners are subject to strict confidentiality.

If you have a patent or patent-pending idea, you are welcome to submit it to any of our current searches.

You may also want to look into our Insider Licensing Program. If selected, you can have the Edison Nation Licensing team working on your behalf to help secure a deal with one of our partners. If your idea selected for commercialization by a retailer, Edison Nation will invest in any necessary patent applications, filings and maintenance. Your name will be included on any patent or patent application that we file on your behalf after your idea has been selected.

Submitting an idea to the Edison Nation team is easy.

It's your time to tell us about your idea, why it's innovative, how you came up with it and more.

You can also upload photography, videos, sell sheets and more to help tell your idea's story.

Once you start a submission, you can always save and edit later.

  1. Go to www.edisonnation.com.
  2. Enter your email and password.
  3. Submitting an idea to an innovation search:
    • On the Navigation bar at the top of the screen, click "Submit an Idea" - this will open a list of available searches to submit to.
    • Scroll down on the searches page and click "Learn More" on the search you’d like to submit to.
    • Click "Submit Your Idea"
    • Click the green button that says "Submit a New Idea".
  4. Submission Form:
    • In the first section, you are going to enter in all the information you have on your idea.
      • Title
      • Category of Product (choose the best fit for your idea)
      • Detailed Description .
      • What is innovative about your idea
      • Provide up to three potential competitors for your product - and tell how your product idea is different from those competitors
      • Check any boxes that apply (if you have drawings and prototypes, check those boxes)
      • Click "Save and Continue" (every time you complete a screen and click "Continue", your work will be saved on that screen).
    • In the second section, you will be able to attach media - this is where you would upload files if you have them available, if not, you can leave this blank and click "Save and Continue."
      • Click "Choose files" - a window will open and you can then select the file you scanned to attach it to the submission.
      • Click "Save and Continue".
    • In the third section, you are going to fill out information regarding your intellectual property.
      • If you have any patent applications filed for your product, enter those details here, if not, select "no" and these fields can remain blank.
      • Provide information on who the product was disclosed to if applicable.
      • Once you are finished with those answers, click "Save and Continue"
    • In the last section, you are going to be asked to fill out your payment information.
      • This is just like shopping online - fill in your name, billing address and credit card information.
      • Check the boxes indicating you are 18 or older and that you understand the terms of the innovator agreement.
      • You will then provide an electronic signature for your name - it will look like this: /first name last name/
      • Click "Submit"

You will know you will have successfully submitted your idea when you receive an email confirmation with the receipt for your submission fee.

With Edison Nation, it's all about effectively communicating your idea.

Make sure you identify a problem, have an idea that can solve the problem and be able to convey this so the Edison Nation review team understands all of the idea's benefits easily.

If you can do this with sketch drawings and a description then great. If you have a sell sheet, 3D renderings, CAD images, photography, then even better. If you have a working prototype that you can show through video, even better!

It really is all about the idea.

Want some additional tips to improve your submission? Check out our Blog!

Laptop / Desktop Computers

Make sure you have the latest version of your preferred modern browser Internet Explorer 9+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari.

Verify your internet connection's speed with speedtest.net.

Anything above 1MB/s should provide a reasonable upload time depending on your file size.

When you click to upload your file, make sure you do not switch screens or minimize the browser until the upload is complete.

For Mobile Devices (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.)

Make sure you have the latest version of Safari (iPhone and iPad) or Chrome (iPhone, iPad, Android) installed.

Make sure you are connected to either wifi or high speed LTE.

Verify your internet connection's speed with speedtest.net.

Anything above 1MB/s should provide a reasonable upload time depending on your file size.

When you click to upload your file, make sure you do not switch screens or minimize the browser until the upload is complete.

Make sure your mobile device does not go into standby mode.

For Immediate Assistance If you followed the steps above and you're still having issues, visit our forums and a member may be able to help you with your issue.

If all else fails, send your issue to questions@edisonnation.com. We'll get back to you within 24-48 hours, between Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM (EST).

It is $25 to submit an idea. This submission fee covers a portion of the cost we take on to review each idea submitted to our platform. You will never pay any additional fees after the submission fee.

Insider members submit new ideas for $20 each with the ability to opt-in existing ideas to other searches for free. Does this sound like a benefit for you? Explore the benefits of being an Insider here.

No. We only accept ideas submitted to a specific search. However, we are always looking for ideas to bring to market in any category in our Open Search and are always looking for As Seen on TV ideas to commercialize in our ASOTV Open Search.

We do not require ideas to be patented before submitting. However, we encourage inventors to visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website to learn more about the patent process and the recent changes to the system.

We recommend doing a Google search (www.google.com) and a patent search (www.uspto.gov or www.google.com/patents) to make sure your invention/idea is not already in the marketplace or patented before you begin the patent process as it can be very timely and expensive. Once you have done your preliminary research, contact a patent attorney to do a complete patent search.

NOTE: Your idea submission is secure in Edison Nation's platform and will never be shared with third parties without an effective non-disclosure (NDA) agreement.

Go to the submissions page on your dashboard to view all of your ideas and submissions and click "edit" next to the idea you would like to edit.

If you do make changes to your submission, we do ask that you indicate as such within both the Title and Description of your submission so that the review team is aware that changes were made, important information was added, etc..