We believe that every person should be able to develop and share their useful innovations.
Grass-roots innovation from individuals and small companies has the potential to improve quality of life for millions. However, the modern RDC (Research, Development, and Commercialization) process has become so technical that it is out of reach for some innovators.
Our Access to Innovation Program commits to providing free (pro bono) resources to micro-entities, in the spirit of the USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono program.
We encourage a systematic approach to product design and commercialization.
Starting from our roots at HIT Laboratories in 2011, our focus has been on assisting individual entrepreneurs, and being an external R&D department for product development companies.
While our clients include well-known national brands, our lean development methods are most appreciated by innovators with limited budgets and commercialization experience. Client confidentiality is strictly observed in all cases.
Pro bono consulting is a core element of our community commitment, driven by our principle of equal access to opportunities. Our free consulting is funded by professional services revenue.
Supporting and caring for innovators, from start to finish.
Caring for all innovators is part of our mandate. All staff and advisors abide by our core principles:
Nonjudgmental Support: Provide unbiased assistance to innovators regardless of experience, background, or other attributes. Advise but not judge ideas, in recognition that many great innovations are initially underappreciated.
Scientific Approach: Make evidence-based recommendations, and employ a phase-gate approach to protect innovators from overextending resources.
Process Transparency: Present clear development roadmaps, and give proactive disclosure of potential staff or advisor conflicts of interest.
The Nikola Institute provides education, advice, and commercialization assistance to innovators of new consumer products.