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March 18, 2013 Inventors Network of the Capital Area Meeting Update

From: Glen K.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 3:49 PM

Subject: Mike Collins, CEO of Big Idea Group to Speak at March 18, 2013 INCA Meeting – Schedule a One-on-One Invention Review Before the INCA Meeting

Location: Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, Falls Church, VA

Time: 5:30 pm

CCBC Fab Lab Meetup Group,

The following is from Erin Burke of Big Idea Group. Note the section on scheduling a one-on-one invention review with Big Idea Group's CEO Mike Collins prior to the INCA meeting on March 18, 2013. Mike is the March 18, 2013 INCA meeting speaker.

Thank you,


Glen Kotapish
Capitalize on Your Ideas


Dear Inventors Network of the Capital Area:

Mike Collins, the CEO of Big Idea Group, recently gave a very successful talk at the IANE in Cambridge. We wanted to see if you’d like him as a speaker at one of your upcoming events. His speech is on crowdfunding and other trends in innovation. 

In addition, Mike can schedule one-one-one invention review meetings with interested inventors prior to his talk. There would be no charge to you for either the presentation or invention reviews.

If you’re interested in having Mike speak to your group, please contact us. For more information about Big Idea Group, visit

If you’d like to see the text of Mike’s recent IANE presentation, here’s a link. You can also check out his blogs and posts to get a flavor of his style.

About Michael Collins
Michael Collins has shared his expertise in innovation and product development in print, online, and in person. He is author of The Million-Dollar Idea in Everyone, a guide foraspiring entrepreneurs. In addition, Mr. Collins explores innovation and crowdfunding topics on the BIG Idea Podcast and frequently presents at inventor/entrepreneur meetings. He also serves on the boards of multiple companies.

Mr. Collins began his career in venture capital with a four-year stint at TA Associates, but soon found his calling as a serial entrepreneur. He has launched multiple businesses, including crowd-innovation firm Big Idea Group, hedge fund Disruptive Capital Performance, specialty retailer Kid Galaxy, home improvement manufacturer Rebound Driveway Marker,video production company IQ Communications, webcam accessory retailer Best Face Forward, and others. He has also personally invented several successful products in fields as diverse as hardware, home goods, and toys.

Mr. Collins has an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard BusinessSchool. In his free time, he coaches competitive club basketball. You can follow him on Twitter at BigideaGroup.

About crowdfunding:
Crowdfunding (CF) is an appeal via a CF website for development funds to bring an idea to market. Supporters donate money, in return for rewards (such as future product) from the inventor. Crowdfunding can provide both needed money for development and critical feedback on youridea’s potential. In 2012, nearly 20 projects on Kickstarter (a top CF site) raised $1 million+ each. And opportunities are exploding, with over 700 CF websites available.


Erin Burke
Big Idea Group

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