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The idea you have for a business, is nothing without you. Behind every business, successful or otherwise, is an entrepreneur that started it. Idea Buyer looks to work with great ideas. But more importantly, Idea Buyer wants to work with even better entrepreneurs.

It won’t be easy. There will be hiccups. But in working with Idea Buyer, you won’t be alone.

It’s a leap of faith. Are you ready?


To read more about what Eric Corl, founder of Idea Buyer, looks for in ideas, click here.

To read more about the different types of entrepreneurs Idea Buyer has encountered, click here.

To listen to a recent interview by Forbes Books Radio, click here.

In the almost 13 years working with products Idea Buyer is grateful to be a part of many startup launches.

Idea Buyer has worked with over 1,000 entrepreneurs that have launched startups around a product. Each entrepreneur comes to Idea Buyer at a different stage and with different goals. Throughout our relationship, Idea Buyer provides knowledge, guidance and resources to assist the productpreneurs in taking steps towards their goals.

You can find the most up-to-date information about products Idea Buyer is working with by clicking here.

Idea Buyer assists entrepreneurs, looking to start a business around innovative products and technologies.

Starting with concept development Idea Buyer experts can then design a brand most fitting for your business. All materials and platforms used to market your business is based on individual strategy. The end goal is to prepare each entrepreneur and business for retail sales and licensing opportunities. 

When opportunities present themselves, Idea Buyer helps with manufacturing sourcing and management, along with distribution. 

To learn more about our areas of expertise, click here. For more about our team, visit our About Us page. 

Anyone interested in talking with us to make their idea a realistic business can ask for a mutual NDA before conversations begin. We understand how important your idea is to you. Idea Buyer agrees that  protection of your idea and business concept is important. Our standard non-disclosure agreement for ideas and concepts, is available to you upon request.


The short answer is no! Idea Buyer works with ideas at all stages, including those that still need to be patented. Our team can assist with every aspect of bringing an idea to market. 

Will Idea Buyer “buy” my “idea”?

Occasionally there is confusion over the name of the company, Idea Buyer. The company’s name has more meaning, than a literal assumption. In short, no. Idea Buyer does not buy ideas.  Idea Buyer does, however, provide opportunities for an idea to be bought.

Within every element of Idea Buyer, there is an end-goal for an inventor entrepreneur to sell or license their idea. The online marketplace and product development services are the main aspects of the company. Both are platforms for an entrepreneur to utilize and progress towards an interested party buying their idea.

Online Market Place

The Idea Buyer online marketplace allows you to create a listing for your idea. You provide a well-written description of your idea, patent, copyright or trademark and promote it. When someone wants to buy or license your idea, they will contact you directly through the website. Click here to learn more or to create a listing.

Product Development Services

On the development side of Idea Buyer, we provide services to assist you into fully developing your product for retail distribution. Developing an idea into a product allows you to create a business around your idea and sell or license the product.

While Idea Buyer does not “buy your ideas”, we can provide you with the resources to find a “buyer” for your “idea”. This is carried through within all aspects of our business. Contact Us to get started today!

Idea Buyer is a product and technology development company that helps entrepreneurs develop and prepare their ideas for market. No matter the stage of the idea, Idea Buyer can help prepare your business. While there is no direct affiliation with the TV Show, Shark Tank, Idea Buyer helps position entrepreneurs for investment opportunities. 

As of 2019, Idea Buyer has worked with several entrepreneurs that have been involved with Shark Tank.

We work with entrepreneurs, looking to create a business around their product or technology. Once the product or technology is properly positioned for retail distribution or licensing, your business will have a foundation ready for review by investors, like the ones seen on Shark Tank.

Idea Buyer was founded in 2007. The company has been working with innovator entrepreneurs to launch their ideas to market for over 12 years. The company has a team of 20.

Eric Corl is the founder, CEO and sole owner of Idea Buyer, LLC. The company began helping entrepreneurs in 2007 out of Columbus, Ohio.


To follow @ericcorl on Twitter, click HERE!

To connect with Eric on Linked In, click HERE!

For recent expert articles, follow Eric on Medium by clicking HERE!

To join Eric’s MeetUps, click HERE!

To Listen to Eric on Sound Cloud, click HERE!

To Listen to Eric on Forbes Books Radio, click HERE!

To learn more about Eric’s thoughts at the Small Business Policy Expo, click HERE!

Eric Corl is the founder and CEO of Idea Buyer, LLC and The company became an idea in 2006, while attending The Ohio State University. Idea Buyer is now celebrating 12 years in business, supporting innovator entrepreneurs. Eric’s passion for entrepreneurship and innovation is the core of the company.


Learn more from his interview with Forbes by clicking here.

Check out this video. While only a fraction of the businesses that we have worked with, it’s always fun to highlight our partner brands.

Our team of experts can assist you in positioning your business for investments, funding, and small business loans.

Idea Buyer is always happy to send samples or provide more information about the product and apps we work with. Please email or if you are looking for details on a specific product or app.

For more information on purchasing or licensing Idea Buyer partner products, please fill out our form.

Idea Buyer is the choice between an invention and a business.

We have heard too many horror stories about invention promotion companies from inventors that come to us after working with them. Based on what we know, Idea Buyer is very different from an invention promoter.

Idea Buyer is a company that helps inventors become entrepreneurs. We assist inventor entrepreneurs to grow their business around an idea. People with great ideas, capable of becoming a business, do not need an invention promoter. They need the Idea Buyer team. Click here to read more about promotion company differences.

If you haven’t already, we suggest looking at USPTO resources for inventor entrepreneurs. We are constantly reading new publications from the USPTO geared at helping new products. It is important to us that we are always meeting the industry standards set by the USPTO. To see more about how Idea Buyer is in line with USPTO advice for inventor entrepreneurs, click here.

We have heard countless stories from clients saying they wish they would have come to us first. For their sake, we wish they would have too!


Unlike many companies that consider themselves to be competitors of Idea Buyer, our team is very selective of the products and technologies we bring on. The company ‘s only goal is to help people be successful with their ideas. Ten years later, everyone employed at Idea Buyer stands behind this belief.

When comparing our company to others, we have recognized how different we are. Mainly, because of the people working here and their desire to help entrepreneurs. Being a part of a product’s success is what TRULY excites each of us. Every idea we work with has a team of dedicated account managers; people updating you on a regular basis and available for questions. Often, due to the level of communication, real relationships are formed, making sharing good news even more exciting! 

We are REAL people that genuinely care about your business.

Over the years, we have turned away ideas we didn’t believe had the qualifications or means to be successful. As every growing company knows, it’s never easy to turn away business. However, Idea Buyer strives to uphold a moral integrity of partnering with only those we see as a good fit. 


If you would like to know more about who we are or what we do, visit our About Us page.



Yes! Our team of experts can assist with products or technologies at any step of the development process. For more information, please see our services page .

If you are looking for more information regarding an idea for a product or technology based business, click here!

For all other points of communication, click here to find out how to reach us!

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