Two Youth Inventors Finalists for $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, announce the selection of two youth inventor finalists from the Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge. The Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge was an online call for young inventors, open to all boys and girls age 7 to 21 years, tasked with solving today’s challenges with tomorrow’s products.

“We’re thrilled with the results from this search, and are looking forward to showing these young inventors that their ideas have validity and can come to fruition,” said Louis Foreman, chief executive officer of Edison Nation.

The selected inventors from the Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge include:

  • Ian Wesley, a Boy Scout from Westerville, Ohio, who submitted the patent-pending ShowerLine Shower Caddy, a travel-sized method to carry, store and dispense toiletries.
  • Zach Huebner, a Boy Scout from Naperville, Ill., who submitted an idea for a new school management tool that will help students take better note of assignments.

“We’re excited to announce the selections, as it holds true to the BSA’s mission to prepare youth to be innovative, problem solving leaders,” said David Harkins, associate director, retail business development, Boy Scouts of America. “The Boy Scouts of America is looking forward to seeing the success of these young inventors and watching their products come to market.”

Both ideas received a thorough review for intellectual property protection, market potential and engineering by Edison Nation’s product review experts. Edison Nation will invest up to $1 million to develop the selected ideas and help bring them to market. The inventors will receive royalties for life from the sale of their products, be named the “inventor” on any issued patents, and may have an opportunity to appear on the award-winning Everyday Edisons television series.

Edison Nation works with everyday people and inventors to turn their extraordinary ideas into products sold by major retailers. Anyone may submit an idea for licensing and/or development consideration to one of Edison Nation’s “Live Product Searches” through a secure and confidential online platform. Selected ideas will receive an advance and inventors will share in the royalties with Edison Nation.

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