New Invention heatboss To Reduce Heating Bill

Leardon Solutions’ customer Okotech Ltd from County Antrim in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom have been in the news lately. This led us to the latest winner of the Invest Northern Ireland Propel Programme 2012 Company of the Year to share some of their product development and manufacturing experiences with their wireless heating control product named heatboss. We met entrepreneurs Janette and Gary O’Hagan in Belfast in...

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I have found a manufacturer for my product idea. Now what? Part 2 of 3

How to Qualify the Product This is the second of three posts covering the steps that should be taken once a start-up company, entrepreneur, or inventor finds a supplier who can manufacture their product. The first step of selecting the supplier, described in the post How to Select a Manufacturer, should be done prior to moving onto the next step of qualifying the product manufactured by the supplier. It typically isn’t possible...

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I Have Found a Manufacturer for My Product Idea. Now What? Part 1 of 3

How to Select a Manufacturer One of the most common questions I receive from entrepreneurs, innovators, and start-up companies is about the manufacturer of their product. The question is typically something like “I found a great overseas manufacturer that says that they can manufacture my product for me. What do I do now?” or “How do I find a manufacturer that can make my product idea?” or “My...

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Pediatric Medical Device Innovation in Southern California

Identifying the unmet needs for pediatric medical devices, the Southern California Center for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) opened in mid-2011 with the support of the University of Southern California (USC) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. According to a study performed by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), pediatric medical devices lag behind adult devices due to the lack of financial...

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How frozen pipes and flooded caravans led to the Floe product

Necessity is the mother of invention. This phrase succinctly describes Jason Paul, Managing Director and Founder of Apt Innovations, a Northern Ireland, UK based company. Apt Innovations develops and manufactures products that help owners of static and touring caravans, holiday homes, mobile homes, and motorhomes drain the water from the pipes of their homes, thus preventing broken pipes in freezing conditions. Apt Innovations’...

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