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You may have a brilliant invention, but it doesn't mean anything if you can't get it off the ground. These companies can help.

This story appears in the March 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Company: The DaVinci Institute, a nonprofit futurist in Louisville, Colorado
How It Helps: It conducts the annual Colorado Inventor Showcase, where inventors display new products to attendees, who include venture capitalists, investment bankers, media, and corporate executives. The showcase is open to anyone; even prospective inventors can attend to see what's on the cutting edge, says executive director Thomas Frey. The Institute also conducts monthly networking and educational events, such as Inventor Bootcamps.
Cost: $200 to $400 to exhibit at the showcase; $39 to $49 to attend; $79 to $99 for the Inventor Bootcamp
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