Opportunities for Inventors

Inventors wanted

As an inventor, you know that it takes more than just an idea to develop your invention. There’s strategy, research, materials development, patents – and the list continues. After the initial invention is complete, many inventors realize that they are lacking in the skills required to become successful in marketing the invention.

IDEA Commons nurtures and facilitates the needs of inventors through Springfield Innovation, Inc., a designated innovation center. The State of Missouri defines an innovation center as a state-sponsored, not-for-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs bring new technologies to the marketplace.

Springfield Innovation, Inc. assists clients by providing guidance through the process of turning an idea into an actual product and utilizing a network of service providers, thus expediting the time invested by the inventor. All of this furthers IDEA Commons’ goals of retaining talent, expanding the job base and developing a creative urban research park.

No matter what stage of development you are in, Springfield Innovation, Inc. and IDEA Commons can give you access to resources to assist you as you become a successful inventor:

Jordan Valley Innovation Center

The Jordan Valley Innovation Center is the hub for innovative research and development in Missouri. Networking and collaboration opportunities with other tenants in IDEA Commons will allow you to brainstorm, share resources and develop more efficient practices.

The Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center

The Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center is the primary source of the entrepreneurial support in IDEA Commons, utilizing the resources of the Small Business and Technology Development Center.

Springfield Innovation, Inc.

Springfield Innovation, Inc. will manage the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center incubator space. This space, funded by an Economic Development Administration grant, is the perfect place to launch your new business without all of the initial overhead costs.

Available locations

Once you have established your market and are prepared to move out of the incubator space, there are many locations available in IDEA Commons ideal for your expansion.


Contact for more information

Allen Kunkel Allen Kunkel

Associate Vice President of Economic Development and Director of JVIC