Welcome to the Inventor to Entrepreneur Talent Tool site. This is a Tool meant for you- the inventor, the innovator - who wants to take his or her invention to market, to build a company that will have great impact. Just as important as having a great innovation is having a great team behind it. So before you can fulfill your dream of getting your product or service into the hands of as many people as possible, you need to take a bit of time to make sure that you have the skills and team to grow the company. You need to ask yourself, am I the right person to grow this company to the next stage? How can I develop the skills I lack? How can I surround myself with people whose skills and passions complement mine? Do I really want to build a company, or is there a better way for me to get my innovation out to the people who it is designed to help?
These are scary questions that you can’t fully answer. And perhaps, you might not want to find out. The Inventor to Entrepreneur Tool will take you through a process of self-discovery, leading to an action plan.
The tool is designed to be used with an external mentor who will help you through this journey. But you can also choose to go through it on your own.
The tool begins with a self-assessment that will take you 40-50 minutes to complete. It generates a set of scores on twelve entrepreneurial competencies and gives a series of reflection questions. If you are working with a mentor, you will engage in a conversation that goes over the competencies to see how you might strength gap areas and turn this into an action plan to help you figure out the next steps.
Please start by reading the Inventor Entrepreneur Guidelines which will describe the process and take you to the self-assessment and next steps.
Good luck with this and congratulations for having the foresight and courage to use this tool!