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Join Our Small Group Inventors Workshops 6 PM on April 17th 
In 2024 we are Focused on: 
1) HELPING you get YOUR inventions developed faster
  • Join our 2024 Small Group Workshop to Get UNSTUCK: Get ideas and resources to move your invention ahead!

2) Exploring how to use electronics, A.I, and other technologies
  • Learn How you can use new technologies in creating and marketing your inventions! 

Speaker Rolf Biernath will show you how Generative AI tools are poised to revolutionize the product development process, offering novel ways to identify, develop, and bring products to market. Rolf will show HOW Generative AI tools allow you to:
  1. Gain a DEEPER IN-DEPTH understanding of how your invention compares to existing competitors 

  2. DISCOVER NEW needs and problems that the category currently isn’t solving

  3. Uncover NEW CONSUMER AND MARKET TRENDS - both in and out of the category

  4. IDENTIFY NEW leading-edge technologies, manufacturing processes and materials that can revolutionize the category

  5. Enhance your BRAINSTORMING process with both the speed and breadth of ideas

Attendees will witness firsthand the transformative power of these technologies through a detailed example of recreating a previous invention using Generative AI:
  • Get ready to unlock the potential of AI in your own product innovation!
  • Witness Generative A.I.’s impact on shaping the future of invention!!
Speaker Background: Rolf Biernath is a highly-accomplished PhD Chemical Engineer with over 30 years of experience in 
science, engineering, and new product development. 
  • Known for his expertise in translating innovative ideas into market-leading products, Rolf boasts a remarkable track record of more than 50 patents and numerous Technical Excellence and Innovation Awards. 
  • His strategic approach, which integrates AI, IoT, and emerging technologies, resonates with audiences seeking to harness advanced technologies for business growth and innovation.
  • As the Founder/President of Biernath Consulting, Inc., Rolf bridges the gap between cutting-edge concepts and commercial success. His target is bringing small & medium size businesses innovative solutions backed by a wealth of knowledge and practical insights, that drives intellectual property creation through patents and trade secrets.
Verticals with Patents and Products:
  • Adhesives and Tapes
  • Electronic Materials and Interconnect
  • Digital Displays (LCD, OLED, 3D, E-paper, Sunlight Viewable LCD Kiosk)
  • Traffic Signage and License Plates
  • Microfluidics (such as in Covid Test kits)
  1. Identify your biggest roadblocks in Developing and Marketing your Invention!  
  2. Get Help finding Resources, Experts and the Steps you need to move your Invention closer to Market.
  3. Ask your Questions and Get Answers from fellow inventors and resident Experts.
In these Workshop Groups, we will break Inventors into Small Teams, working together to help each member develop new possibilities to overcome challenges and find resources to advance their invention.  We are committed to help each inventor leave with at least one Next Step to building their invention!


Your Board Can Help You

Here at Inventor's Network
we take pride in the concept of
helping our members network with each other
and we strive to create networking possibilities
in the Inventor sphere.

Networking can be described as
the gathering of individuals
for the purpose of sharing ideas,
concepts, experiences and advice
as well as it being a mechanism
to find answers to questions within the subject,
in our case "Inventing."
Your Board of Directors
encourages you to

seek connections within our organization
to learn as well as share.
Our board is available to answer your questions and
you can contact them by
clicking on their name below.

Below are their areas of expertise.
For general information, to inquire to be a speaker,
or to join, email us at

Steve Lyon, Board President:
Taking products to Market/Licensing
Avoiding mistakes/Navigating problems
How Inventors Network can help
Mike DuMond, Vice President

Selling Your Invention:
HOW is it DIFFERENT than the Competitors?
        WHY Will Customers Buy It?
HOW Will You Sell It?
WHO Will Sell it?

Bill Berggren Esq., Board Member/Treasurer
Protect the Intellectual Property of your invention
Applying for Patent Protection
Obtaining  Trademark Protection 
Will sign NDA’s for confidentiality
Jahn Stopperan, Board Member/Membership
Creating Business Plans and Go-To-Market Strategies
Sales and Distribution Channels
Starting a Business Around Your Invention
How to Get Momentum Going with Your Invention

Doug Lenz, Board Member/Website Manager
Electromechanical Engineering and Design
Manufacturing and Automation
Entrepreneurship and Business Development

Upcoming Programs

Next Meeting


HOPKINS Community Center

Upcoming Meetings:   
  • May 15th (2024)
How to Use Branding to Sell Your Idea to Investors, Customers and Consumers.
  • June 19th  (2024)
How and When to Use Patents and Trademarks for your Inventions.
  • July 17th  (2024)
Map to Meeting Location
Meetings are third Wednesday of each month starting at 6:00PM.
1001 HWY 7, Eisenhower Community Center (Just West of HWY 169), Hopkins MN 55305
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Would you like to present your invention at our monthly meeting?  Every month we offer our members 5-minute slots for them to present their invention to the group anyway they see fit.  We do suggest your idea be patented or patent pending first and you have discussed this with an attorney.  For more details click here.