If you have any question about the passion or interest in invention, here's a few tidbits for you.
Second, the growth of invention brokers and service bureaus, though many are unfortunately getting rich on the backs of inventors (versus making money based on success in the market). I'll be writing a separate post on this whole trend and what's being done about it.
Finally... and what spurred me to write this post this morning was the overwhelming response we've had to our own little inventor search contest. In partnership and support of EntrepreneurshipWeek USA (just ended), Venture2 decided to conduct an inventor search of our own, with the grand prize being some free publicity and 2 months support in helping an entrepreneur get connected to a leading company with their idea (at no cost of course, or it wouldn't be a 'prize'!). Here's the link to our inventor page for more details.
So anyway, this morning, our website statistics show over 43,000 hits and over 4,000 visitors to our Venture2 website, in one day! (Our corporate website normally averages between 50-100 visitors per day) Though it's intended primarily as a local event to be held at our Launching Pad facility, we're getting applications from as far away as Vietnam! So we'll probably allow a few of these 'remote' applications via teleconference if they're strong ideas.
It gives me a lot of pleasure to see such interest in creativity and invention. I hope that we can do just a little through this event to inspire a few more inventors, and hopefully get at least one great idea connected to a great company that can scale it up!