Product Development & Licensing: Learn from Darryl's Journey

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Learn from the experience of an entrepreneur (2x Award Winning Inventor) who has licensed multiple products. Note that the date has changed from the original January date to February 1

Advance registration appreciated, walk-ins welcome.


About this Event

In order to help entrepreneurs understand all the possible paths to success MakeHaven invites experienced entrepreneurs to share their story and experiences.

Darryl Minchenko is a self taught entrepreneur who has launched two novelty sports products through licensing agreements with manufacturers. At this session he will share what he has learned about practical approaches to taking a simple invention to market when you have almost no startup money.

He has developed several kits intended to guide others. The first kit (dream kit) is available for download free online. This kit is designed to help you think through early product development. Darryl will walk through how to use this tool at the session.


Session Content

For attendees of this session at MakeHaven he will be providing and summarizing 3 steps, each with a free kit:


) Dream Kit - How to prototype your concept into a product. Download Dream Kit Materials

2) Campaign Kit - Promote your invention to multiple audiences. (Attend Event to Get Kit Materials)

3) Licensing Kit - Get an agreement to be paid royalties on products sold. (Attend Event to Get Kit Materials)


Through advice and sharing of lessons learned, Darryl will help improve the experience of inventors. At the conclusion of the event participants will have a better understanding of a practical licensing path for moving simple consumer products to market.


Developed Products

Product: Ring Swing

Ring toss game

Signed Licensing Contract 2018

Product: Teeter Toss

Ring tossing game

Signed 1st Licensing Contract 2016

INPEX 2017 Gold Metal for best sports invention (Teeter Toss)

Product: Soft Toss Golf

Golf training game

Winner: IMPEX2006 Silver Metal for best sports invention (Soft Toss Golf)

Watch: China Tool-up Trip

MakeHaven as Host

The content for this workshop was developed independently by Darryl Minchenko as an entrepreneur. This licensing approach is one of many different ways aspiring entrepreneurs may consider exploring when working to launch a product. MakeHaven encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to seek advice and stories from many experienced entrepreneurs, business and legal experts in order to find the best path for their product.


Real name: 
Darryl Minchenko


Instructor Bio: 

Despite some challenges earlier in life the dreams of becoming an inventor prevailed. A game idea got the attention of an investor that eventually financed a trip to China with the stipulation that if Darryl returned with a prototype manufacturing deal they would begin talks of a round of investment. Darryl not only returned with a prototype but inked a deal for manufacturing and the investor was quite impressed.

Impressed, that they returned to China together four months later to finalize the manufacturing of the game. On the way back to the United States they stopped in Hong Kong, entered the new game into the contest and won. Darryl entered the INPEX Invention Show in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 2006 to win a silver gold medal in another contest a gold medal in 2017.

Darryl has developed and is now promoting the steps he took to achieve a successful product launch.


Connect to him on his Linked In Profile


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