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The Reality TV Show that Wants Your Offscreen Ideas Too

Posted by Carol Tice | July 27, 2012
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/224069

The Reality TV Show that Wants Your Offscreen Ideas Too

Most reality TV shows are all about theatrics -- showing the drama of battling fashion divas or the thrill of negotiating a bargain. The more drama, the better price the show can get for advertising. We all know that's the bottom line in TV.

But there's one reality-TV business show producer whose show is just the beginning of the opportunities for entrepreneurs and inventors. Everyday Edisons creator Edison Nation is a seven-year-old hub for offscreen contests and initiatives designed to encourage innovation beyond what you see on the show. Edison Nation estimates helping commercialize products that have sold 13 million units and are in more than 25,000 retail stores.

There's a serious cut in it for Edison -- they take 50 percent of revenue if they help you commercialize your product. But if you've struggled to get in front of the elite retail buyers who could make your product happen, Edison definitely has the connections.

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Here's a look at all the different ways Edison Nation is working with entrepreneurs to help them find opportunities to bring products to market:

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It's always a tradeoff when an inventor takes on a partner on the road to commercializing a product. But Edison clearly comes with an inside line to many big names that are actively seeking products.

Have you got an invention to sell? Leave a comment and tell us your plan to get your invention to market.