Enhance Product Development, Inc., a product development company based in Minnesota, was founded by Trevor Lambert nearly 10 years ago. The team at Enhance Product Development stay active in the professional community, with many team members belonging to professional groups such as the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
Beyond providing important information to professionals and granting educational opportunities through meetings, IDSA offers two scholarship programs: the Gianninoto Graduate Scholarship and Design Foundation Industrial Design Undergraduate Scholarship.
The Gianninoto Graduate Scholarship was established by Francesco Gianninoto, FIDSA, a package designer and founder of the Package Design Council. It is offered on an annual basis and gives a single recipient $1,500 to cover graduate fees associated with completing an industrial design degree. Applicants for this award must be in their final year of undergraduate study and be applying or accepted to a graduate school. They can also be currently enrolled in an industrial design graduate program. Recipients must be current IDSA members and cannot have won a Gianninoto Graduate Scholarship before.
Meanwhile, the Industrial Design Undergraduate Scholarship is available through the Design Foundation and grants $1,500 to a recipient to cover undergraduate tuition fees. Like the Gianninoto Scholarship, it is awarded based on the quality of the work sample submitted by students, and applicants must be a member of IDSA. Applicants must also be pursuing an industrial design degree, be a full-time undergraduate student, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and have at least one semester left before graduation.
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Enhance Product Development provides engineering, prototyping, licensing, and marketing services to inventors and small businesses. Enhance Product Development has helped products gain exposure through mass media outlets, including commercial television networks such as NBC and CBS.
Licensing services allow an inventor or small business to lease their intellectual property (IP) to another organization that handles manufacturing and advertising, allowing the IP owner to enjoy lower costs and risk without relinquishing the ownership of a product they developed. Enhance Product Development’s licensing agreements are designed to be as inventor friendly as possible, generally providing the product owner with a per-unit royalty price for every item sold. Licensing agreements generally cover a certain period of time, though they may instead emphasize a specific territory. A standard licensing deal can also include an upfront advance or bonus payment, as well as a minimum yearly payment to the IP owner regardless of annual sales.
The Enhance team seeks to expedite licensing processes to take advantage of the increasingly shorter product life cycles of the modern marketplace. Product developers receive quality support and worldwide distribution that utilizes previously established brands and market positions.
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Enhance Product Development helps inventors and entrepreneurs turn their ideas into market-ready products. As part of its commitment to giving back, Enhance Product Development supports the Basic Institute for Zonal African Advancement (BIZAA).
BIZAA is an organization focused on educating children who are vulnerable in Africa. This mission includes children who have undergone child labor, domestic servitude, and been victims of child trafficking. All such situations deny children their right to an education and force them into adulthood at an early age.
BIZAA fulfills its purpose by providing education and technical training to rescued children and youth. The organization is currently raising funds to build a college in Imo, Nigeria. The college, to be named the BIZAA College of Technology and Nursing, will provide rescued youth with technical skills preparing them for work in fields such as construction and tailoring so that they will be able to lead productive lives. The adoption of these skills will also empower them to provide for their families, breaking the cycle of poverty that is responsible for sending many children into street labor.
The first stage of this new college project will require $1,000,000. The organization has raised $200 and has already rented a temporary space to begin classes.
Providing design and licensing services for businesses and inventors, Enhance Product Development has created items that have appeared on shows such as Good Morning America and outlets including CBS and NBC. Alongside its professional services, Enhance Product Development supports charitable organizations such as Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) International.
You can change the life of a child through sponsorship with NPH International. Sponsors (called godparents) have supported more than 3,000 youth per year in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and other Central and South American countries. Sponsorship provides vulnerable children with basic needs and medical care.
In addition to satisfying the physical needs of children, NPH International’s child sponsorship program supplies special relationships that encourage emotional growth. Godparents are welcome to write to their godchildren regularly and to visit them, thereby building a strong relational bond.
For more information about practical details of the sponsorship program or to become a godparent, visit www.nph.org.
Led by founding CEO Trevor Lambert, Enhance Product Development assists inventors and businesses in designing, engineering, and marketing novel products. Alongside its work as an inventor services firm, the Minnesota-based Enhance Product Development gives back through its support of organizations such as the Basic Institute for Zonal African Advancement (BIZAA).
Focused on improving the lives of those affected by child labor and trafficking, BIZAA is currently working on a project to construct the BIZAA College of Technology and Nursing. When completed, the Nigerian-based college will teach students the skills needed to attain gainful employment outside of forced street labor.
To help raise money for the project, BIZAA will host its first annual Bags n’ Bling Fundraiser on Friday, March 2, 2018. Those at the event will have the opportunity to purchase discounted designer handbags, jewelry, and accessories while supporting an important cause.
BIZAA is seeking donations of gently used purses, scarves, and costume jewelry to be sold at the event, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Mary of the Lake Church in Plymouth, Minnesota. Money raised through Bags n’ Bling will fund scholarships for students planning to attend the BIZAA College of Technology and Nursing. For more information, visit www.bizaa.org.
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Enhance Product Development provides commercialization services to product inventors around the country. In addition to offering design and licensing services, Enhance Product Development supports the work of those in the inventing profession through membership with the United Inventors Association (UIA).
One event that the UIA will engage with in 2018 is the MTC Expo Inventor Pavilion. Hosted on April 25th and 26th in San Diego, California, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, this trade show will be an event within the larger MTC Expo conference for leaders in the Media, Technology, and Commerce industries.
The Inventor Pavilion will serve as an opportunity for inventors to demo their products for a diverse audience of industry professionals, make networking connections, and take the first steps toward retailing their products. The trade show is looking to attract individuals who can present products that simplify daily life for consumers, and any item submitted for consideration must have a working prototype. Submissions for the tradeshow can be made on the MTC website at www.mtcshow.com/inventors.
Enhance Product Development, Inc., in Minneapolis, Minnesota, provides clients with a depth of industrial design and engineering services, from prototyping support to various advertising and marketing services. Enhance Product Development, a two-time finalist at the 2016 Global Innovation Award, also provides assistance when it comes to invention licensing.
The company’s invention licensing services have been designed to leave each client with a clear understanding of the licensing process and how important licensing is to a successful, profitable product life cycle. These inventor-friendly services help clients take full advantage of worldwide distribution opportunities and enjoy recognizable branding partnerships, all while saving money on up front manufacturing and marketing costs.
Product licensing can be viewed as a lease on an inventor’s product. The inventor maintains ownership of the intellectual property in question, but temporarily cedes manufacturing and advertising rights, among other rights, to a company equipped to meet the engineering and distribution needs. Any item sold during the licensing period generates a percent royalty for the inventor, who resumes full rights at the end of the agreement. More information on licensing agreements and services can be found at the Enhance Product Development website, www.enhancepd.com.