Frequently Asked Questions


Will you steal my product or business idea?

No, your idea belongs to you and we will never take ownership of it. You are in the driver’s seat and our job is to guide you through the process along the way.

Once my idea is submitted how can you guarantee it’s safety?

If you decide to move forward with your idea through us, you and our staff will sign an NDA (nondisclosure agreement)

Does Invent@NMU take any ownership of my idea if I move forward?

If you come to us with an idea, the idea remains yours, and you proceed with your idea at your speed with us as your guide.

Can I sell you my new idea?

Thanks for the offer, but we don’t take ownership of your idea. Our clients are the driving force behind their own ideas, we are here to be their guide.

Do you provide funds to help my idea get off the ground?

No, but we may be able to assist you in making connections with people who may be able to help.

Can I get a patent from you?

No, but we can help provide you with patent drawings and connect you with a local patent expert.

I have an idea, but I don’t have the time/money to do it. Can I still bring my idea to you and have you bring it to life?

No, it is your idea and it always will be. When you come to us with an idea, you are in the driver’s seat and our team of students and professionals support you along the way.

Can you make my invention so I can sell it?

We can help create prototypes and search for manufacturers to bring your invention to fruition.

Will my idea still be executed professionally because you have students working on it?

Yes. Our staff is made up of business professionals and students. Our students gain experience with hands-on work in their field and our professionals are there to help guide them. The students we hire are carefully selected with our clients’ best interests in mind.

Do you only help NMU students?

No. We help anyone in the community who is looking to move a product or business idea forward as well as NMU students.