We firmly believe innovation is part of our DNA as Americans. Take a look in your home today. What can you find that’s made in America? Don’t be shy and don’t be embarrassed. We know it’s pretty hard to do these days.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a government arm that supports small business and manufacturing. With its Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), NIST seeks to boost U.S.-based manufacturing and production. Their goal is to bring back the “Made in America” label on the products we use in our daily lives. To do so, our partners at NIST/MEP have come to Edison Nation for an innovation kick start.
With the help of Bed Bath & Beyond, PepBoys and more, we’re launching our Made in America series of searches. You invent. We produce. All in the United States.
We’re proud to have such a longstanding history with Bed Bath & Beyond. Now, we’re helping them find eco-friendly products for the home, including your closets, laundry, kitchen and bath.
We know green is the new black, but what exactly does this mean for your submissions?
Bed Bath & Beyond wants to see home innovations that can be made with sustainable, eco-friendly and/or recycled materials, that make the home more energy efficient (and less of an energy drain), all-natural or organic cleaning supplies and additional green elements that can be added to products found in your home.
How our Made in America Live Product Searches work
Our requirements are the same. As always, we ask for well-communicated ideas. This includes filling out our easy-to-use submission form to the best of your ability. Upload images, sketches and any other media that supports your idea. Tell us your story. We even encourage you to create a video demonstration. Don’t worry. We aren’t expecting you to break out your inner Spielberg. Please keep videos to less than two minutes. As always, your submission should be unique and protectable.
If your idea reaches G8 ‘Success!’, NIST/MEP will find a U.S.-based manufacturer to produce your idea in the U.S. Together with our partners at NIST/MEP, we’ve mapped out this series of searches to fit the production capabilities of MEP-member factories. Ranging from green home products to automotive innovations, the Made in America searches turn to you for ideas and NIST/MEP will turn to the factories in our own backyard to make it happen.
Is my idea secure?
Yes! Every idea that is submitted to Edison Nation remains private. If your idea is selected to be presented to a partner, we have strict NDAs in place. Your intellectual property is extremely important to us.
If my idea is selected, what do I get?
If your idea is selected for licensing, we will remain in contact with you and our partner from the moment the deal is signed until it is ready for the marketplace. Our team negotiates competitive royalty structures and all licensing revenues are split 50/50 with you, the original inventor.
Why do I have to pay $25?
$25 is a nominal fee to help offset the costs Edison Nation takes on to review each idea that's submitted. It is a one-time cost. If your idea is selected for licensing, we will navigate the road to commercialization -- all at no cost to you. If you are an Edison Nation Insider, the submission fee is only $20!
What do I need to submit?
We'll review all ideas, whether it's a sketch on a napkin or a prototyped invention. You don't need a patent to submit an idea to Edison Nation.
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