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Stories from the Trenches : Panel Discussion with Local Inventors

  • Mar 24, 2014 · 5:30 PM

Our March meeting will feature a panel discussion with several local inventors. Each inventor will take 15 minutes or so to discuss their invention, how it was developed, whether it is patented, whether a prototype was made, fundraising, marketing, manufacturing, sales, lessons learned, etc., and then take some questions.

The presenters will include:

  • Joy Jones: Owner/President of JRJR Jones Products LLC and inventor of “Shelfie” (The Bathtub Tray for Safer Play!), spent thirteen years in the field of goverment and community relations before turning the page to a chapter in which she is home with the family’s two preschool-age daughters.
  • Tumi Oredein: Founder/Creator of SKRIBS, customizable wristbands that let children write and draw whatever they like with whatever they like - Grand Prize Winner of Wal-Mart Get on the Shelf Competition, and a Masters Student in Product Innovation at VCU's da Vinci Center
  • Ganga Bathula: Inventor of SteriPure, a filtered-water pitcher with an ultraviolet light that kills microbes, and a chemical engineer.
  • Tim Schlothauer: Inventor of an exciting new product to be used with forklifts, he has applied for a patent and has a prototype.


Virginia Innovators Network is a not for profit, educational organization. We exist to support innovative Virginians who are pursuing bringing their unique products and services to market. There is NO CHARGE to attend VINE monthly meetings -- Thank you to our generous sponsors who make the pizza, water, & beer possible.

Our primary approach to providing this support is through membership meetings. These meetings serve two purposes: networking and education. Aspiring entrepreneurs have the ability to meet inventors and entrepreneurs who have successfully launched unique goods and services or professionals with subject matter expertise that is pertinent to launching of these products and services. The speakers at the meetings have direct expertise in one or more of the areas related to bringing ideas to market.

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In addition to the meetings, our website contains references and information to help the innovator research and make appropriate contacts with subject matter experts.

VINE generally meets on the 4th Monday of every month. Our meetings start with general networking and dinner (pizza) at 5:30, followed by a brief VINE business meeting from 6:00 to 6:15. Typically, our speakers will present from 6:15 to 7:30. Following the presentation, there is time allowed for individual questions and/or additional networking.

VINE attracts top regional and national speakers who provide meaningful content to our meeting attendees.

VINE Members will have the opportunity at each meeting to share news about their invention/product if desired and if appropriate. Members will also have the opportunity at each meeting to give a 45 second (MAX) “elevator speech” to get feedback (feedback to be given after speaker).


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  • Lisa K.

    It was very inspiring and informative to hear from all the inventors. Such a diverse group. The question and answer session was very interesting as well. It was obvious that the members are very creative and think "outside of the box" and I feel their feedback would be extremely beneficial to anyone trying to move forward with an invention. Can't wait for the next meeting!

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • Percy M.

    Great presentation from a broad range of talented inventors!

    March 24, 2014

  • Ron b.

    Starting crowdfunding soon. Need all my VIN friends to be kind and support me in this effort. Please like us at, ( There is a facebook link there. Please like, share, and post. This product will be huge. In it's hugeness will come much social good, especially with the direction that it will take in the future.
    Our facebook is

    1 · March 23, 2014

    • Mark D.

      Ron, I look forward to supporting you in your project & good luck.

      March 24, 2014

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