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The team at BALLOON TIME is working to solve some popular balloon pain points and have enlisted the help of the Edison Nation community to come up with some solutions!

Check out the search to learn more and submit!

Derrick James
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Hmmm. 

This challenge isn't child's play, you'll need a smart technical solution to fill and tie off so many balloons in an affordable and easy way.

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I have an idea, but it seems so obvious that it's Probly already out there.  Hmmm...  guess I've got some work to do.  :)

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The "obvious" ideas are the ones that are intuitive and get licensed. If it survives your prior art search, you might be in great shape. 

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Do your research, and if the path is clear, and it looks good, GO FOR IT Kim.

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This is so exciting. I had 3 ideas but chose to go with just one.

After 4 thought out design fails, I think I got it.

Not sure if I can develop a prototype plus a video in time though, but this is definitely great fun.

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Glad you're having fun with it Karen.  Hope you come up with something good.

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Need a little inspiration for this search? Check out this blog post!

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This is so exciting! Not sure I am going to make the deadline for entry though. Still trying!

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You have plenty of time Karen.  Search doesn't close till June 5.  You don't have to have your prototype perfected before the deadline.  If you are confident in your idea, just submit it and keep working on the prototype and add it later.

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Thank you Derrick I didn't quite understand that part of the process.
Do you know how much time there is after submitting an idea there is until a prototype can be added?

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Karen, you can wait until they ask for one.  As long as your idea is easy to understand without it, they may not even need one. If it's key to getting what you're doing, then you can always enter the search before the deadline and then add it as soon as it's ready - although you do run the risk of the team not understanding the idea if they review it before it's added. It usually takes a few days after you enter for them to get started, but the later you enter, the quicker they tend to do their initial review.  Hope that helps.

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Thank you Kim! Yes that does help a lot. 

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Hi Karen!

We do not require a prototype to be added to a submission to evaluate it. That being said, you're welcome to update any submission with imagery and/or prototype information if you have it available up until Stage 7. 

We are working with our web team to update our notification process for when submissions are changed, but until then, please always send a note to questions@edisonnation.com noting the title of the idea and that you updated it to doubly-ensure that the additions are reviewed.

Best of luck!

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Ok Michelle thank you so much for letting me know!

I apologize as I am unfamiliar with the process but excited to finally be able to try something with EN.

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No apologies necessary Karen.  Just keep on asking questions, that's the only way you'll learn.  Use the community as a learning resource.  That's what the forums are for.  Also, Michelle and Kristina are here to provide official responses from EN, and they do a good job of explaining the process and answering other questions.  

Enjoy this search, but try not to stress over it too much as you move through the different stages.  It can be an exciting ride, but it's never fun to see those nasty red X's (actually it's more of a white X with red background shading, but the effect is still the same) especially when they happen at stage 8 (R8).  Stay green!!!

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I  understand completely Derrick and none of us at our respective ages have gotten this far without a few red X's at some point in life.

My excitement is purely an opportunity to work on something that I can hopefully submit to EN.

Typically I do novelties and most are seasonal.

Michelle Sartori
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Hello all,

Is BalloonTime looking for a tool that can be used to seal the balloons or some type of accessory/clip/tie that goes with each balloon?

Thanks,

Josh

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Hi Josh!

There is no limitation on either idea. They are looking for ways to seal balloons as well as ways to inflate multiple balloons. Anything to solve these two common pain points.

Best of luck!

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Hi Michelle.

I don't remember hearing about the part about them also looking for ways to inflate multiple balloons.  Did I miss that somewhere, or is this the first mention of it?

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Derrick,

"You forgot to blow up the dozens of latex BALLOONS you bought!

You've got the Balloon Time helium tank, but you have less than an hour!

How are you going to get it all done?"

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Hi Derrick!

Jim cited it within the search, but yes, the need to blow up multiple latex balloons with helium quickly is another pain point they'd like to address.

Best of luck!

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Ok, I see. Somehow I got it in my mind that the search was all about balloon tying, so everytime I read the search description, I automatically relate it to the issue of tying.  

In my mind the tying part is the more challenging task to solve.

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Hey guys!

A quick reminder, this is the last weekend to submit to the Balloon Time search! It closes on Tuesday, 6/5, at midnight EST

I will say that we've been very impressed with the submissions coming in. For a niche search, you guys are coming up with some very creative solutions to these pain points!

Good luck!

Robert Pontius
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Hi guys!

A reminder...this search closes TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT PST!

Get those ideas in now! 

Best of luck to all!

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I've got 3 ideas I've been developing and testing over the last few months - now the challenge is to get them into submittable form before 3AM my time!

Derrick James
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Here's how I'm feeling right now.......almost there!!!

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LOVE this Derrick!

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Best of luck to those still in!

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How's everyone doing in this search? I've got 3 submissions still "alive" but have a strong suspicion that I'm going to lose at least one soon. 

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Thank you

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Jim, if you have submitted to this search, you can click on your submission and the presentation date is listed at the bottom.

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Robert, hurry and get yourself some balloons to celebrate when this search puts you over a million points!

Derrick James
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@RobF - I have already purchased what seems like a lifetime supply of BalloonTime balloons and helium for prototyping - I should have enough left for celebrating!

You're not far away from the 1,000,000 mark yourself - early congrats to you!

Rob F
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@Robert P, it would be quite fitting if it was the balloon search that "lifted" you up to and above, the million point mark!  Could happen for you by tomorrow (or even today yet)!!   Early congrats to you as well.  Enjoy the lifetime free Insider membership.

Rob F
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Thanks Derrick - hopefully I don't get my balloon(s) popped in this search. Though if I do get my hopes deflated in this search there's always the next search to look forward to!

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As this was such a pointed problem that was presented,  i wouldn't doubt if some ideas were close to (or exactly) the same.

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Rex, this was definitely a niche search.  Little subtleties in a search like this make all the difference.

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Well Derrick, your prediction proved true: https://www.edisonnation.com/forums/announcemen...

Michelle Sartori
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Congratulations Robert.  That's quite the milestone.  Enjoy the rewards.

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So if at 500,000 insider points you get a phone call with Louis, after 1,000,000 points do you get another call with him?

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Hi Derrick!

After 1,000,000 points, you get lifetime Insider membership. There is not an additional phone call at this milestone.

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Thanks Michelle, my quesion was more in jest.  Although that intention it's not at all clear in how I wrote it.  Maybe I should have added an "Lol".  In any case thanks for the reply.

The free lifetime Insider membership is worth $111 per year.  That's a significant perk.

Karen C Adams
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My 2 Balloontime G6's got upgraded to G7's today.

I have one G4 still hanging on but I fear that balloon will pop soon.

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Congrats Robert!  You're well on your way to 2,000,000 Insider points :)

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@Derrick - I could be wrong but it looks like your points are leaping lately - you must be making good progress in some searches!

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Yes Robert my point total has finally been moving again.  I'm finally starting to actively submit again after a long lull in creativity.

I discontinued the practice of reporting dashboard movements on searches I am actively involved in to avoid having to ultimately report bad news.  Having to report disappointing R's at the end of every search had become personally very wearisome.  So now I'll just let EN do the reporting if I get a G8 some day.

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Well Congrats Derrick - I'm glad you're back in the saddle again!

When I was newer to EN I always appreciated the old-timers and G8-ers reporting their R's because it convinced me that they were not somehow favored and that I still had a chance despite my many, many R's. Now that I have a G8 myself I personally feel a duty to report my R's and other movements so that newcomers can have the same benefit I did. Since I submit fairly frequently I hope it gives folks a good set of data points that provides context for the ups and downs involved in this process and illustrates that R's are just par for the course.

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That's good perspective Robert.

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Hey Robert.  I was on my way home from shopping with my son last night .  I pulled up at a traffic light right behind a car with a license plate that read "ROBT G 8".  Immediately thought about you!  Hope you go G8 in this search.

Kim L
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Derrick - I like the association!

On the other hand I just got an R5 for my third submission in the Balloontime search.

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Let's see 2 out of 3 submissions going G7.....that's 67%.....I'll take that in a heartbeat.

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Hi guys!

A fun and exciting update! Due to some scheduling changes, we had to unexpectedly push the presentation date with the Balloon Time team. 

We actually met with them and presented last night. A total of 19 finalists were presented. Of the 19, Balloon Time is reviewing six concepts further.

We'll be updating Dashboards and reaching out to inventors today.

Thank you again for your participation. The Balloon Team was pleasantly surprised and pleased at the results of the search given the tight criteria they provided.

We'll continue to keep you updated here as we move forward.

Karen C Adams
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Hi Michelle,

Thank you for the update. I am sort of new to this so my question may or may not have been answered already. My Idea for Balloon time had reached G7 so I assume it was also presented last night. In the event that my idea was one of the 6 concepts selected for further review, will I be getting an update on Balloon Time's initial feedback (if any) on my idea so far? If I don't see any changes in my dashboard, then does it mean that my idea is still being considered by balloon time?

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Hi Samuela!

I have reviewed the account and updated your Dashboard. If you go to your Dashboard and click on the idea, you should see an updated status.

Thank you!

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I just got a dashboard update - 1 of my 2 G7's is out (R8) but one survives.

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R8 Again OMG! But good luck guys

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Yolanda:

R8's are always a bit of a downer but congrats on getting your idea presented! From my R8 feedback I get the idea that Balloontime was very selective with the finalists in this search, probably because the parameters were so narrow and they could pick from multiple good solutions for the same problems.

And congrats on your insider points too - looks like you are on track for a million points pretty soon!

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Yolanda, you have been in the high six-figure Insider point total for a long time.  You most certainly would have been closing in on 2,000,000 points by now, but I gather that you just needed a mental break.  I get the need to step back and recharge from time to time.

I hope you don't just view all of the R8's that you have received, as just another individual R8, in a long line of R8's.  Instead, I hope you view it as another piece of the puzzle put into place.  When all the pieces are in place, it will reveal a roadmap to success.  With all of the feedback you've received over the years, you probably have a wealth of accumulated information (a goldmine) that should help you put together a G8 submission.

I hope to see a G8 from you soon!  You obviously have mastered the craft of getting an idea to presentation by successfully avoiding the stage 2 thru 7 R-landmines.  All you need to do now is to use all of that feedback that you've accumulated to guide your efforts to G8 success.  All the best to you.

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@Derrick, 

Yes I gave it after so many R8 I decided to get back in the game and another R 8 but I am always thankful..

@Robert thanks for the kind words...good luck to u :)

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I am still in with one G7.  Nice to “see”you again Yolanda.  Congrats Robert on the one remaining.  I am on my way over the bridge to see my brother in Brimley.  High Derrick, hope all is well with you and yours.

Kim L
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Well I submitted my first idea and managed to get through stages 1-7, but I just got an R8. A little disappointing, but I’m glad that I got as far as I did with my first submission. Good luck to everyone else! 

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Congrats to you Fred.  All the best to you, Robert, and anyone else still alive in this search.

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Tyson, that is an excellent performance for your first submission.  Congratulations, and all the best with your next submission(s).

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@fred nice to c u too. Good luck

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Thanks Derrick! I’ve got a few other ideas that I need to submit and I hope maybe one of them will bring a G8. 

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Quick update before the weekend. Just got off the phone with follow-up call with the lead engineer on the Balloon Time project. They wanted to update me post their internal meeting on Wednesday where they reviewed the concepts again, as well as the deeper dive IP recap we gave them over the weekend.

First of all, they wanted to share that the innovations presented far exceeded their expectations...so Kudos to you the EN community for garnering that praise !!

Onto the other good stuff, so there are 5 concepts that are moving into further Due Diligence, and ech of those innovators will be reached out to today before end of day. 

Why the rush ??

Well, the team at Balloon Time is already working on putting together a Qualitative Focus Group Session on August 6th. For these, they use foucs groups of 5 people, typically 4-5 groups, so a total of 20-25 or so consumers, who will participate in the focus group. Their marketing team is already beginning the script for the leader of the focus group, and we are working to ensure that we get the prototypes into their hands about 1 week prior to that August 6th date, so they can familiarize themselves with the prototypes and ensure they function well for the meeting (don't worry, prototypes don't need to be manufacturing quality !!)

We are excited about not only the feedback they provided about the innovation that the EN community submitted, but also for those 5 concepts taking the next step, and great to see how they are moving right into Focus Group stage within the next three weeks or so.

Best of luck to those 5 moving further into due diligence.

Robert Pontius
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What an exciting update for those involved. Great to see the decisiveness and earnestness in moving things forward demonstrated by Balloon Time.  That is awesome.  All the best to the five moving on.

Robert Pontius
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Good luck to the Fantastic Five going forward!

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Well, I submitted 2 ideas, one was kinda crappy and I submitted it anyways thinking that just because I didn't really care for it doesn't mean that someone else wouldn't see the value. It was killed at r5. I"m just going to let it die. In a way, I'm glad it was dismissed because it affirms that EN and I have some of the same thoughts regarding inventions, I thought it wasn't up to par and so did they. 

The 2nd invention I submitted made it all the way to R7 but was rejected at R8. It was disappointing. I suppose it just wasn't what Balloon Time was looking for or they thought the other ideas were simply better. 

Regardless, I still liked that particular idea and I plan to resubmit it in the near future, perhaps after I made a prototype or 2 and showed the potential to it's full value. After all, this is just one company that rejected it and there are other novelty companies out there and such companies love new ideas. 

And if the new submission of this idea doesn't get an R8 with a different company, then I simply plan to go on my own and try to do it myself with the help of InventRight. Why? Because I believe in this idea and some ideas are worth exploring all options. 

I do hope that we get to see which inventions Balloon Time chose. Good luck to the 5!

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I am out on this seach....got the dreaded R8.  It was a good run and I am happy to have gotten this far.  On to the next search.  Good luck to the remaining 5.

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Congrats for getting all the way to Presentation/Due Diligence Charles and Fred!

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Thanks Robert.  Good luck to you as I know you have at least 1 still being considered.

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Great attitude as usual Fred.  All the best going forward.

All the best to you as well Charles on what you choose to do with your submission that went R8.

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I'm rushing to get a new and improved prototype done in time for the focus group. If I don't get it done in time I figure can still send in the experimental breadboard rig I used for proof of concept, though I always worry that a less-than-perfect prototype will give the underlying concept a bad image with reviewers.

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Focus group tomorrow!

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All the best to those involved with the focus group.

@Robert, Hope you were able to deliver your new and improved prototype in time.

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@derrick - I ran out of time and had to send in my primitive "mule"/rough proof-of-concept prototype. Hopefully it communicates the concept even if it's not perfect. On the plus side, while tinkering with the rough prototype I discovered a new feature that would not have occurred to me in working with the more polished "finished" prototype I had envisioned.

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Hi guys!

As soon as we receive any new information from Balloon Time on their review, we'll share it here. There is also a group next week, so we'll post an update once we hear.

Best of luck to all!

Derrick James
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Bummer Tyson!  You're on the right track though, if you got that far.  Best of luck on future submissions!

Hey Fred, haven't seen you in a while.  Glad you're in the game.  :)

Good luck to all still in!

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Good morning to all - wanted to give a quick update on Balloon Time, which due to some scheduling conflicts actually did their focus groups across three different weeks  (August 6th, August 13th and August 20th), and than spent some time post those sessions digesting and analyzing the comments/reports that generated from that process.

There were 5 concepts that had been part of the Focus Group process and I wanted to share this quick update from discussions this morning with their project lead:

Things are going well on our end. We really liked the "XXXXXXXX" prototype, and we are actively trying to game plan what it could be, and figure out the business case accordingly. We’re actively ideating right now on what form the "XXXXXXXX" might take and a bit more of the details as to how we would offer it to retailer and consumers. We were also able to get a dedicated resource to help prototype some of the ideas that we are generating as a result of the acceptance of the "XXXXXXXX" prototype.

As of right now, I think we are ready to say that we’d like to pass on the other concepts, and focus on the "XXXXXXXX".


FIRST: They are going to be sharing feedback comments/focus group information with us in report form later today and we will work to update the dashboards as soon as possible (either today/or by close of day Monday)

SECOND: They were very impressed overall with the response from the community and felt that while there were solid 5 innovations they selected for Focus Group process, that one innovation really seemed to "most strongly" resonate with consumer base.

THIRD:  There was NOT a submission called "XXXXXXXX" and I also chose to use 8 X's at random to conceal the identity of the innovation that is continuign under advanced due diligence. Please don't even read into the # of X's used to try to think what the submission was.

As you can see, between Focus Groups and than the strategy and ideation work that goes into the process by Balloon Time, there are great efforts put into trying to advance your innovations, not only by Edison Nation, but even more importantly by our search partners, who continue to be pleased with innovative ideas that generate from the Edison Nation community members !!

Karen C Adams
Robert Pontius
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Thanks so much for that great update Scott!

Also, I've decided that from now on all of my submissions will be titled "XXXXXXXX".

Seriously though, this search is a little different given the focus group component so I know we all appreciate this extra insight into the process, whatever the outcome.

Michelle Sartori
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Sería demasiada suerte conseguir una licencia con la segunda ídea que envíe a EN pero sea cual sea el resultado a sido todo un logro llegar hasta aquí y no veo las otras cuatro ideas como rivales ya que el hecho que EN presente cuántas más ideas sólidas mejor para que en futuras oportunidades nos tengan más en cuenta las empresas que buscan ideas.

Tengo unas preguntas, Balloon Time solo puede escoger una ídea de las cinco o es decisión de ellos?, si es decisión de ellos podemos saber que los lleva a escoger solo una idea dando por echo que hay más de una idea sólida y viable económicamente ?.

Suerte para todos.

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Jose -  any sponsor is free to choose how ever many ideas they want tot license, that being 1, 5, 0, etc. 

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Translation for Jose's original post:

It would be too lucky to get a license with the second idea sent to EN, but whatever the result, it has been quite an achievement to get here and I do not see the other four ideas as rivals since the fact that IN present how many more solid ideas better for that in future opportunities we take more into account the companies that seek ideas.

I have some questions, Balloon Time can only choose one of the five or is it their decision? If it is their decision, we can know that it leads them to choose only one idea, assuming that there is more than one idea that is solid and economically viable. .

Good luck for all of you.

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Hi guys!

A quick update, we're still waiting on feedback to be provided from the Balloon Time team to update Dashboards. They have to secure information directly from the marketing team who ran the focus groups. As soon as we have this information, we'll be updating Dashboards and then, subsequently, this thread.

Thanks for your patience!

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R8.  Focus group didn't go for it  :(

Good luck to XXXXXXXX.

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Rex - thanks for sharing. Focus group didn't love mine either - R8.

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Estoy fuera, tengo un R8, la próxima intentaré mandar un prototipo más trabajado. Suerte

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Just wanted to pop in with a quick update on Balloon Time that impacts the remaining item under consideration. Still green and that means good. Over the past 30 days they have worked with legal counsel and feel more comfortable about potential IP path, and are working now to finish some development cost forecasting as well as tooling reviews/cost considerations.

Always an encouraging sign when these types of actions happen, and great to see a fully engaged partner who is truly doing all the proper due diligence on a community members innovation.

We had a great update call yesterday afternoon and there will be some additional due diligence as we head towards a hopeful successful finish line situation. As we always say, until the ink is on the paper, we don't celebrate a deal...but feel that this innovation involved has been given a great amount of attention and really has captured interest.

Karen C Adams
Derrick James
Kristina Poindexter
Robert Pontius
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