Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club of Nassau County

money bulbThe Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club of Nassau County is a meeting place for inventors with patents pending, others who have sold or licensed inventions and those who have lots of ideas but know where to start. The club also holds an Inventors Showcase where club members can display their inventions to receive feedback and encouragement from fellow inventors.

Learn more and sign up for the next meetup.

Group Organizer

Brian Fried holds four patented inventions and has an additional three that are patent pending under his company, Think Up Designs. Brian’s inventions were brought to market through manufacturing, as he has appeared on QVC and also has done licensing for retail distribution products from kids toys and infant products to kitchen gadgets. Another specialty of his is to create and license brand art properties that target the teen/tween market. His brands have been placed in several retail chains such as Target, and other well known retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

Government Support

The Nassau County Office of Economic Development is a broad-reaching entity established to strengthen existing communities. The Office coordinates critical services and information to businesses, residents and the community

College StartUp x LaunchPad LI: March 9, 2013

College Startup Launch Pad LogosCollege StartUp x Launchpad LI is a one-day college startup competition to create and pitch an idea for the chance to win $1,000 sponsored by  

Undergraduates, Grad students, and recent graduates from all over are invited to share their talents to create an idea from scratch, form teams of 3-7 people, and present a pitch deck in front of an expert panel of experienced professionals. Passionate mentors will be available to the students throughout the event.  Learn more and sign up.

About College Startup

CollegeStartUp strives to connect students with educational experiences where they can grow into entrepreneurs.

LICA Healthcare Capital Forum Applications Open

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Applications are being accepted for presenting companies for Healthcare Capital Forum to be held March 8, 2013 in Melville, New York presented by the Long Island Capital Alliance.

Applicants should be:

  • Involved in the healthcare services, technology or devices
  • Seeking growth or expansion capital or a private equity investment

If selected, you will have an opportunity to make an 8-minute presentation to a group of investors, venture capitalists, private equity firms, investment bankers, lenders, and others.

Application Deadline is January 28, 2013

To apply, please  submit your executive summary via the Long Island Capital Alliance presenting company application.

LI Startups

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LI Startups was founded to help entrepreneurs, startups and early-stage companies on Long Island. It was created by Andrew Hazen, a successful Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor & Attorney.

This meetup is in it’s infancy, but Andrew has already begun assembling the key ingredients of a solid startup support network (early stage investors and service providers). Given time, I believe more entrepreneurs will come out of the woodwork and attend and if they are natured though tough love and good connections, there is a bright future for this group.

Check out their next meetup.

Funding Opportunity: Cyber Security Capital Forum

Cyber SecurityThe Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), announced that it will be holding a Cyber Security Capital Forum on September 14.  The capital forum will be held in partnership with the Long Island Software & Technology Network (“LISTnet”) and the Long Island Forum for Technology (“LIFT”).   LISTnet and LIFT will facilitate LICA’s reach into the rapidly evolving and critically important field of cyber security. 

At the capital forum, up to 5 cyber security companies will showcase their technologies and services. A panel of investors, business executives, and industry experts will observe these presentations and provide their insights on the development of the cyber security industry and its investments prospects. 

Applicants should be seeking growth or expansion capital and possess a unique cyber security technology or address a need in the industry.  If selected, they will have an opportunity to make an 8-minute presentation to a group of investors, venture capitalists, investment bankers, lenders, and others. To apply, please e-mail an executive summary or business plan to Amanda Seelmann (516-328-2300 x211) at or submit it through

Google Patent Search

Broom Machine Patent - Long Island New York
Broom Machine - Patent Number: 2323420 - Jul 6, 1943 - Long Island, New York

If you’ve been involved in projects that have included patent work, you know it can be quite costly and time consuming. Depending on where you are in the process of your venture, you may be searching, filing, waiting, reworking, owning or protecting (suing or being sued). All of which cost money.

Back in 2006 Google stepped in to make at least the searching of patents much less intimidating, and true to form, it’s called Google Patents

Everything in the database is pulled  from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and covers the full collection of issued patents and millions of patent applications issued in the 1790s through the present. 

Patent searches from the pros typically cost $500 – $1500 and what you should be getting for the money is their expert eye of knowing if similar looking patents are really similar and what really constitutes a uniquely patentable product or function. Look to Google Patents simply to get a feel for competing or similar patents for free.

Most importantly don’t get down on yourself and throw in towel if you see something close to what you are doing. Again, the real pros can advise you on your options in both actual design and description changes to be unique enough to file, or how to work with patent holders to obtain the proper license to use the existing patent.

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