First Filament Finalists Pitch for Big bucks!  5/2/17

Get a bird’s eye view of the action as our three finalists, Geoff Saylor, Joseph Collins and Hershel Daniels make their final pitches to win big bucks in our 4th Annual First Filament Awards!

Sponsored by GBQ Consulting, our finalists will each reduce their out of pocket product development expenses by $1000, $750 or $500!

Our distinguished panel of judges include John Busse, owner and lead prototyper at ANZA Design, a premier Cincinnati product design and prototyping firm, Cate Douglas, Research and Business Outreach Manager for Downtown Cincinnati Inc. and Don Ensign, Lieutenant US Navy & former P&G Research Fellow and Plant & Process Engineer. They will view the presentations, question the finalists and deliberate privately to determine who wins what award. Their decisions will be final.

Plan to join us for a rare opportunity to find out just what a live product pitch is all about. After all, you may just find that you and your product are in the running for some big bucks by this time next year!


Please join us to observe the initial pitches or come pitch your patented or patent pending idea to the judges on March 7th for the Fourth Annual First Filament Award for a chance to win a cash prize towards the development of your idea!

Announcing:  The FOURTH Annual First Filament Award!

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The Inventor’s Council of Cincinnati (“ICC”) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to helping people express their creativity through the development and marketing of new products. As part of its mission, the ICC wants to help its members gain public exposure for their inventive products and give those products the best opportunity to be a commercial success. To that end, the ICC is pleased to announce The Fourth Annual First Filament Award where three ICC members will be honored for their efforts to develop, prototype, market, or protect their inventive products. The top three honorees will receive development funds not to exceed $1000, $750, and $500, respectively. The ICC will pay the development funds to those honorees to reimburse them for development work that was invoiced after September 2016 or future development work that is invoiced before December 31, 2017. Those honorees must provide an original vendor invoice to be reimbursed. It is within the ICC’s sole discretion as to whether the development work qualifies for reimbursement.

The Fourth Annual First Filament Award is designed to help light the way toward new product commercialization. The honorees in the Fourth Annual First Filament Award will provide a brief presentation regarding their patented or patent-pending products at the ICC’s Tuesday, March 7th meeting, starting at 7:00 pm. The top honorees will be notified by email on or before March 20th Judging will be based on the commercial potential of the products. Top honorees will return on Tuesday, May 2nd, to present their products directly to our panel of distinguished judges, whose decisions will be final. Honorees will be announced immediately following.

Registration begins at our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 pm at the Cincinnati Public Library, 800 Vine St, in the 3rd Floor Tower Room and ends March 7th.

While the public is invited to attend all our monthly meetings, held the first Tuesday of every month (except July 2017) at 7:00 pm in the 3rd Floor Tower Room of the Cincinnati Public Library, you must be a current member to participate in The Third Annual First Filament Award. ICC membership is just $80 for the first year and $60 to renew and our membership year runs January through December. We also offer corporate memberships at $500 annually.

The ICC will announce the top three honorees of The Third Annual First Filament Award at its May 2nd meeting. The ICC also wishes to thank GBQ Consulting for their sponsorship of the Fourth Annual First Filament Awards.

Artwork and Sparky character courtesy of Tom Hortel.