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About ICKC

The Inventors Center of Kansas City (ICKC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing inventors and product developers networks, resources & tools to develop ideas into viable products. We help first-time inventors bring their ideas to fruition, serving as a source of education and a guide to entrepreneurial success. We provide a learning forum for inventor/entrepreneurs and those in allied fields. We help guide inventors through the idea development process from validation, evaluation, competitive analysis, business planning, funding, prototyping, patenting, marketing, distribution and licensing.

We believe some of our country’s most valuable resources are:

  • new inventions,
  • new technology
  • the unique individuals that create them.

ICKC currently meeting on zoom until we are able to meet in person.  Our meet-ups are held the third Tuesday of each month with attendance of 60 to 80 people and boasts a large member-base throughout the region.

 

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Events

February Meeting

Ryford Estores
Topic: “From Barber to Millionaire”

Ryford was working as a registered nurse in NYC and not liking it, He started cutting his own hair, and then friends hair till he hit upon an idea. So far 15 million in retail sales. Hear his story of the plan he set up to achieve his goals. It’s inspirational

Also there is a Special Motivational Video – “20 Million Dollar Sales Inventor Shares His Insights to Success”

There will also be Chris’s Invention Showcase

March Meeting

Warren Tuttle
Topic: “What to Do and What Not to Do to Get a Licensor to Consider Your Product”

Over 1000 products licensed, several billion in retail sales!

A Special Motivational Video – “30 Million Dollar Sales Inventor Shares Her Insights to Success”

There will also be Chris’s Invention Showcase

There are no upcoming events at this time

Past Speakers

2020 Speakers

January

February

Allen Little
His website https://www.rethinkbig.org/
Topic: – “How To Quash your Fears and Motivate Yourself with Your Inner Voice”
He will discuss overcoming your fear of success and fear failure so you can motivate yourself to achieve your goals by using your inner voice to get into action. Also discuss the value of having a planned elevator pitch ready.

Kathy and Susan
Topic: Show and discuss the challenges of getting their product to market.

Members Inventor presentation of several items they have on the market, what they did wrong and then right.

March

April

Benjamin Harrison featured Entrepreneur and Inc. magazines
Topic: Learn how to get your ideas into companies without making dreaded cold calls.

ICKC Lightbulb Moment: A short video on Searching your new idea using Boolean

Randy Pierce, Inventor, shows and discusses his latest invention and its challenges getting it developed and to market.

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2019 Speakers

January

Thomas Randy Pierce – Topic- Finding a reputable designer and consultant for your product

Audience – tell about their products, where they are in the process and who they’ve used to move their products forward
For more Entrepreneur activities/meetings visit https://www.kcsourcelink.com/calendar

February – Meeting cancelled due to snow storm

March

Colin Elwell (Lawrence) – Developed a utility-patent-pending topper with a proprietary connector to the keg. His topper sells retail or in liquor stores. www.draftpak.com

Joe Crane joe@smartideasonline.com – Joe markets his products to solely on Amazon, no website. Expertise ranges from the inventors perspective of coming up with an idea, sourcing from China and making large order deliveries to place on Amazon.
For more Entrepreneur activities/meetings visit https://www.kcsourcelink.com/calendar

April

Larry Muck – www.NearZeroLLC.com Years of experience in helping inventors transform their ideas into products and production with optimum efficiency working to keep all sources for products within the United States.

Mary Moeller – www.campgroundcommander.com Topic: Creating and vetting ideas and products before successfully bringing them to market.
For more Entrepreneur activities/meetings visit https://www.kcsourcelink.com/calendar

May

The Shark Off – www.thesharkoff.com Shark repellent surfer jewelry

Groove Washer www.grovewasher.com Steve Chase a talks about the Groove Washer now in the markets all over.
For more Entrepreneur activities/meetings visit https://www.kcsourcelink.com/calendar

June

Peak Energy Technology – www.peakenergytech.com Product to recycle electricity saving up to 25% on electricity bill
For more Entrepreneur activities/meetings visit https://www.kcsourcelink.com/calendar

July

Modus Light – www.moduslight.com Manufacturing and sourcing company working with smaller companies, start ups and larger companies and have 15 core manufacturing plants

John Meyer – product liability; upc codes; packaging for Shipping
For more Entrepreneur activities/meetings visit https://www.kcsourcelink.com/calendar

Submit your #GEWKC idea for a workshop, panel, presentation etc., by August 18. https://www.kcsourcelink.com

August

Midwest Regional US Patent & Trademark Representative
For more Entrepreneur activities/meetings visit https://www.kcsourcelink.com/calendar

September

Sally Williams Technology Development and Commercialization Consultant MO SBDC – Topic: Market Analysis – Product value Proposition & Product Differentiation Analysis https://info.umkc.edu/sbtdc | williamssall@umkc.edu

Jack Harwell – Business Advisor SBDC Kansas – Topic – Business Production Strategy Analysis – Financial Analysis, Make or license analysis & SBIR application assistance jharwel1@jccc.edu | 913-469-2464

October

November – Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Panel Discussion of Specialists
For more Entrepreneur activities/meetings visit https://www.kcsourcelink.com/calendar

Become a Member

Join the ICKC community today! Membership is only $30 ($55 value) for the full 2021 calendar year. In addition to enjoying free admission to regular Monthly Meet-Ups, you also benefit from Member Only discounts to Special Engagements. Your donation and participation help to make ICKC one of the premier groups in the country. Starting in 2021 your Membership now will entitle Members to access to club videos shown at the meetings and some of the guest speaker's presentations. Another benefit is Members may list products on the market on our website with links to their own websites. Also your membership is 100% tax deductible and there are Mentor Levels of joining ICKC that enjoy additional benefits.

$30per year

Member

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Become a Mentor

$50per year

Bronze

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$100per year

Silver

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$250per year

Gold

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$500per year

Diamond

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Current Mentors

Bronze Mentors

Christian Corley
Marc Price
Chris Shankland
Jodi Sifers
Paul Steinke
Eric Strautman
Claudia Toomin

Silver Mentors

Woodrow Boles
Keith Bowman
Wilbur Caldwell
Don Dickey
Brian Hagger
Rev Billy Hupp
Billy Hupp SR
Maynard Nelson
John Meyer
Mark Ross
John Seise
Robin Westlin

Gold Mentors

Sarah Balhuizen
Chuck Dolbeare
Steve Pope

Diamond Mentors

Rich Brull
Bob Coulston
Randy Pierce

Be Our Speaker

Be Our Speaker

Do you have an invention that needs resources or review?

Do you have an invention that is already becoming a success?

Do you have experiences and insights that can help and inspire others?

Have an Invention? Present at Our Inventor Meet-Ups…

You can present your story, perspectives and products at one of our upcoming meetings or events. Help to educate, motivate and inform our audience, in KC and abroad.

Each monthly meet-up showcases 2 speakers, one inventor and a headline keynote.

Our Inventor presenters are pursuing their invention ideas and providing something fresh for the consumer market. By presenting your idea, you create awareness, discover resources and collect valuable feedback from potential customers and qualified providers.

Our keynotes dive into more detail and discussion on their pursuits, revealing honest observations beneficial to every-stage product creators and entrepreneurs.

To apply to present at an upcoming meet-up or event, please contact us.

Each speaker will be allowed up to 15 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for audience Q & A.
Inventions must be protected (patent, patent pending or provisional) and will be featured in our newsletter the following month.

Contact Us

Inventors Center of Kansas City
PO Box 410343
Kansas City, MO, 64141

ickc@inventorscenterofkansascity.org

    Our Board

    ICKC Board and Committee Members

    Our board of directors and committee chairs are comprised of a talented and knowledgeable cross section of inventors, entrepreneurs and service providers. Through their volunteer efforts, these individuals will be listening, planning and leading the continued goal to provide inventors and Kansas City with one of the best inventor groups and resources in the Country. In fact, in 2018, the Inventors Center of Kansas City was given the prestigious award of “Premier Inventors Organization in the US”.

    ICKC Board meetings are the first Tuesday of each month and are by invitation only. If you are interested in being a part of ICKC leadership, to help with a committee or to be a part of the advisory board, please contact us and let us know how you’d like to serve. Our board is self-electing each November and all positions are volunteer 2-year terms.


    Board of Directors Positions

    President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Member Retention, Social Media and Web Production.


    Committees

    Maker Faire, Secure Monthly Speakers, Email Notifications, Special Events, Sponsorship, General Meeting Help


    Presidents Emeritus

    CJ Boylan – Founder | Steve Pope | Carrie Jeske | Curt McMillan | Christian Corley | Mary Moeller | John Meyer


    Current Board

    President – John Meyer

    Vice President – John “Johnny Avocado” Mester

    Secretary – Jodi Sifers

    Treasurer – Don Dickey

    Website Coordinator – Brian Long

    Social Media – Eric Strautman

    Membership Education and Retention – Kenya Mester

    Board Member – Jordon Root

    Board Member – Chris Shankland

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    Inventors Center of Kansas City
    PO Box 410343
    Kansas City, MO, 64141

    Road Map to Invention!

    Download our “Concept to Commercialization” flow chart and identify where you are and where to go.

    Click Here to Download Invention Flow Chart