Boy Scouts of America and Edison Nation® Launch $1 Million Innovation Challenge

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the nation's largest and most prominent youth development organizations, and Edison Nation®, an idea-to-shelf product developer, today announced the Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge. Open to all boys and girls age 7 to 21 years, the challenge does not require that the young person be associated with the BSA to submit ideas or be selected as an "inventor."

The Innovation Challenge is looking to today's kids to develop tomorrow's products. Whether the invention solves a problem around the house, the yard or at school; helps you take better care of your pet; or creates a new way to learn or play, the BSA and Edison Nation® goal is to inspire young minds to submit creative, new product ideas.

"The ingenuity of today's youth is incredible," said Edison Nation® CEO Louis Foreman. "By partnering with the Boy Scouts of America for this Innovation Challenge, we are able to tap the talent and imagination of tomorrow's leaders. I'm looking forward to seeing the innovations that will result from this challenge and the impact they will have on these individuals."

Edison Nation® will invest up to $1 million to develop the selected ideas and help bring them to market. Selected inventors will receive royalties for life from the sale of their products, be named the "inventor" on any issued patents, and have an opportunity to appear on the award-winning Everyday Edisons television series.

"The Challenge reflects on the BSA's mission to prepare youth in America to become responsible, participating citizens and leaders," said David Harkins, associate director, Retail Business Development, Boy Scouts of America. "By encouraging youth's creativity, young inventors are setting the path for the future."

Edison Nation works with everyday people and inventors to turn their extraordinary ideas into products sold by major retailers. It is free to join the Edison Nation® online community and costs just $25 to submit an idea ($10 for current Boy Scouts of America members who submit an idea as a part of this challenge). Because the Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge is for youth inventors, a parent or guardian is required to be involved during the submission process for those under the age of 18.

The Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge ends on Monday, May 7, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

To learn more about the challenge or to submit an idea, visit: www.edisonnation.com/boyscouts

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