061: Pitch contest and tips for pitching to celebrate my birthday

It’s my birthday June 11 and I want to celebrate by helping others and have a fun contest going on. The winner will receive a pitch makeover or get help putting their pitch together if they don’t have one yet. I cover the details in this episode + I give some tips on pitching based on my experience and from working with the original Shark from Shark Tank, Kevin Harrington when we wrote our book “Put a Shark in Your Tank” together.

Here’s how the contest works:

Click here to enter

  1. Record a short video on why you should win a pitch makeover or why you want a pitch that’s going to help you win competitions. Upload that video to youtube on a public setting
  2. Enter the contest above by clicking the link. You’ll enter your name, your email, and add the URL of your youtube video
  3. You’ll receive a confirmation with instructions on how to SHARE IT.
  4. The person with the most social shares (this is you sharing, your friends, family, and co-workers sharing) by June 12 wins.
  5. I’ll announce the winner on my Facebook Live video Q&A podcast on June 12 at 5pm Eastern. Like us on Facebook here so you can watch

Click here to enter

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057: Medical Devices in Minneapolis: Highlights from the Design of Medical Devices Conference


When visiting Minneapolis for the Design of Medical Devices conference, I saw how much the innovation cycle is at work in the medical device / medtech industry. I interviewed the lab supervisor from the Medical Devices Center along with several students as part of the student design showcase that took place there. I’ve got several events coming up soon and for the details, visit our home base here.

This conference was an overview of what’s happening in the world of medical devices in the Mid West. University of Minnesota is a key player in feeding the innovation cycle. If you go back and listen to my podcast with Dr. Art Erdman, you’ll find that University of Minnesota has quite the impressive Medical Devices Center in which the university hosts a unique fellowship program comprising of Ph.D’s, M.Ds, engineers, and MBA’s to move medical innovation forward. The center takes on 9-12 teams each year to work on projects and push them towards commercialization.

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056: Bootstrapping a Startup while Balancing Family Life feat. Aaron Hardin

It’s been about 3 1/2 years since Aaron started his company, Hardin Scientific and he’s now taking orders for pre sales on his lab incubator. Aaron has bootstrapped his way forward while working a full time job along with raising his son Lincoln and keeping his marriage strong. I got to help Aaron along about a year ago when I was building my Invention Idea to Profitable Product program and his feedback helped shape what it is today. Listen to how he’s made huge momentum in the past year.

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055: ls Virginia becoming the “Biosciences State”? A 360 view from the Thrive Conference hosted by Virginia Bio


The theme of the Thrive Conference this past week in Virginia Beach was branding Virginia as the “Bioscience State”. There’s several initiatives to boost economic development in the state like grants, complimentary working space, and innovation challenges. Is that enough to achieve the goal of becoming the Biosciences State”? Listen to the 360 view of service provider, startup, investor, grant assistance, and economic development to see how Virginia is uniting to achieve this goal together.

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052: How to patent a medical invention: What to do first may surprise you.

The excitement of first starting out

Maybe you or your family member are facing a medical problem and you think of a solution. Maybe your research is promising and you want to bring it to the world. You imagine that you’ve developed your idea into a product and people all over the world are using it. They’re so thankful that you decided to do something with this idea.

You really can’t believe that the idea you have for a product doesn’t exist. It’s solving a real problem and it’s certainly made a difference in your life so why wouldn’t it make a difference in others lives? You move forward working on your idea and you become addicted to it in a way. All of your free time is spent on tweaking it or changing it so it works.
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050 – Special 50th Episode Video BONUS & FREE training

Celebrate our 50th podcast episode with us by getting a FREE training if you’re a startup, entrepreneur or inventor click here. If you work with startups and provide services to them, we’ve got something for you too email us at malonso@imua-services.com. I did something special by doing this podcast via live video and plan on doing more of that. To make sure you catch the next one live, follow us on facebook here.

Our virtual pre-accelerator, Invention Idea to Profitable Product is back! Learn more here.
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