Build It Program

Developing an idea to take to market is not a linear journey. The Build It program’s goal is to help evaluate your idea and then work with you to create a customized road map to plot your path to success.

Taking a product to market involves staying connected to multiple parts of the process, sometimes simultaneously. As shown in the “Highway to Revenue” illustration, traveling through marketing, customer focus, finance, operations, and manufacturing can seem overwhelming, but we’ll guide you through each step, clarifying what’s next for you.

The Build It Program is perfect for:

New Inventors/Innovators who:

  • Have an idea for a product but don’t know the next steps to take.
  • Makers that create things they need and think someone else may want one too.
  • Someone with lots of ideas, that needs help figuring out which one is good.
  • Started with an idea but have gotten stuck in the process and need help with what to do next.

Businesses with existing products:

  • That are already being sold but are interested in licensing them to others.
  • Products that market already but want enter new markets.
  • Products that are being sold in stores but want to start selling online.

Flipout Screwdriver

A screwdriver for difficult-to-reach spaces.

M.T. Totes

Ready to Assemble Beverage Totes The idea came when we were heading to a friend's birthday dinner and had stopped by the market to buy a selection of different beers, essentially building a unique six-pack. But a bag full of beer bottles as a gift...


Innovative EarBud Protector Budley is an innovative earbud case - fast and easy storage, retrieval and protection of your earbuds. No more damaged or tangled earbuds! Toss Budley into your backpack, purse or gym bag without concern for scratching...


The Bedpak – making travel easier for families.

Rescue Ride Systems

A tool that allows firefighters to rescue each other easily, resulting in fewer firefighter deaths.

Start-up Stories


Got Ideas? Prototyping with everyday objects.

Got Ideas? Prototyping with everyday objects.

Over the last few months I have been writing articles for this column after talking to experts about issues that are important to “inventors”. However, this series is not just about getting a sneak peekinto the invention process; I really hope it will spark the...

Artisan dog products

Artisan dog products

By:  Lara Merriam-Smith Name of inventor/product developer: Kellie and Katya Szirom Product: Artisan dog products. Hometown: Bellingham How to buy: Bellingham Whole Foods Market, Hohl Feed & Seed, Whatcom Farmers Co-ops, our website....

Get Started Guide

Figuring out where to start is sometimes the hardest part. Our Resources section has links to articles, downloadable help sheets and other information to help you take those first steps. Dig through the information, start reading and get your research started. You will also find a link below to our Get Started Guide. Once you are ready, contact us and we’ll help you with the next steps!

Getting Started on the Highway to Revenue