May 19, 2022 at 8:52 am #2603Eric McInnisMember
Hello all, I am Eric McInnis. Originally from Windsor, ON, now living near Fredericton, NB. I released as a Corporal from the Armoured corps. I’ve since dabbled in a few industries, starting with sales, to the transport industry, and now I have been small scale farming (homesteading) for a few years. I was self employed as a trucker as my first venture, and as a small scale farmer, I have maintained self employment through selling food products and providing services with my tractor like blowing snow, digging and lawn mowing. During this time, I was studying to hunt, and had an idea totally unrelated to hunting come from it. Sometimes its nice to keep an open mind, I guess. From my passion in Green and Renewables energy, I hope my unrealized idea will complement the energy industry as a whole with a much needed storage product.
Over the years, I have found that I have never been afraid to try and tackle new things, which in itself has been scary at times. This energy storage product will by far be the biggest thing I have ever done, but I have so much excitement to see it through to the end. I’ve reached out to a design/invent engineering firm to discuss possibilities, but have been struggling ever since to get the funds put together to start the process. I’ve even unsuccessfully been trying to sell a little sports car I own for startup cash.
My questions I suppose might be:
1- How do I get from “zero to one” persay? If I had the cash, and had the MVP designed, what is next?
2- How do I do this?
I know the questions are vague, but I think there is so much great information I will gain in this bootcamp. I am an open book, and I don’t doubt that my questions will get more clear as we go along, and I will get so many answers on top of them.May 19, 2022 at 10:37 am #2604bottom walkerMember
nice to meet you Eric
that sounds awesome! cant wait to hear more.May 19, 2022 at 1:32 pm #2610Judy EvansKeymaster
During the orientation call yesterday, I mentioned the IRAP program that provides grants to research and development of new products. Here is the link – https://nrc.canada.ca/en/support-technology-innovation
The National Research Council is an amazing source of support for new innovative products.
If I could suggest a next step – it would be to define the market potential and any competitive products that are available. Consider competitive as any products that could meet the storage needs of the customer. This analysis is what we call a feasibility study – to determine if there is a market for the product and if so, what are the parameters that the customer needs/wants, i.e. performance, price, etc.
JudyMay 19, 2022 at 7:46 pm #2618Erin MelnychukModerator
And Eric, don’t forget to explore the potential of partnering with a college or university, very often they have applied research areas looking to support projects. They will sign an NDA to protect your IP and help you design and prototype the innovation. If you aren’t successful pursuing that avenue, another option to try is finding the tech/innovation ecosystem in your area. It might look like an incubator or a tech investment arm of your government. ~Erin.May 29, 2022 at 7:56 pm #2697Christine van ZandergenMember
I’m excited to hear what this energy storage product is and I can’t wait to hear more.June 2, 2022 at 10:56 am #2722Judy EvansKeymaster
As you explore the supports for your product development process, please share what organizations can provide what supports for product development.
Thanks so much.
JudyJune 2, 2022 at 5:23 pm #2728Eric McInnisMember
Thank you Ryan, thank you Christine, and thank you Erin, I am working up the will to call the university programs and see what they have to offer. Thank you as well Judy, but I’m not quite sure what you mean by “supports for product development”, could you please clarify this for me?
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