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Pitch Your Invention to the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

Submit your invention for a chance to be selected for an opportunity to pitch to industry leaders at the 2012 RISE Conference!

Why Submit Your Product?

  • Over 150 top executives expected to attend the conference
  • Selected inventions to receive 15 min pitch to industry leaders
  • Completely FREE to submit & pitch

What is a Nonwoven Product?

A nonwoven product can be made with fabric or synthetic-like material and is neither woven nor knitted. Common categories include: (See Full List)

  • Hygiene: feminine hygiene products, incontinence products, nursing pads, diapers
  • Medical: bandages, cast paddings and covers, surgical drapes, surgical masks, swabs, underpads
  • Consumer: tea bags, coffee filters, abrasive/scouring pads, cosmetic applicators and removers, envelopes, labels, floor dusting cloths, laundry dryer sheets, vacuum cleaner, laundry and garment bags
  • Wipes: baby, bathroom, cleanroom, dusting, floor cleaning (wet/dry), cosmetic
  • Construction/Industrial: insulation, roofing components, artificial turf, drainage and erosion control
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Additional Details

  • 4 inventors will be selected to participate in the 2012 RISE Conference in Baltimore, MD.
  • Each inventor will receive 15-minutes to present his or her product to the companies in attendance. Your pitch should focus on the product, it’s market potential, construction, demonstration, etc.
  • Past attendees at the event: Owens Corning, Procter & Gamble, Kimberly Clark, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, 3M, Sage Automotive Interiors, Johnson & Johnson, BASF and Cardinal Health.
  • Selected inventors will also receive an invitation to attend the event's reception and a tabletop display area to meet-and-greet companies to discuss partnership opportunities.

Submission Criteria

Inventions should be patent protected, with a finished sample or prototype, that are made of or could be made of a nonwoven material.

Submit your Product for free consideration→

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the RISE Conference this year?

The Rise Conference will be on October 23, 2012, in Baltimore, MD, at the Baltimore Hilton.
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How many inventors will be invited to attend the RISE Conference?

Due to time and space constraints, we are limited to inviting 4 inventors to attend the event. Please bear with us as we narrow the submissions down to the 4 attendees, each of whom will be notified in early October.

How do you select inventors to participate?

We will review each entry carefully and rank them according to the submission criteria, as well as the products’ relevance to INDA member companies which will attend the event. Examples of companies that have attended the event in the past: Owens Corning, Procter & Gamble, Kimberly Clark, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, 3M, Cotton, Inc., First Quality Nonwovens, Sage Automotive Interiors, Johnson & Johnson, New Pig, Georgia Pacific, BASF, and Cardinal Health. The most fitting products will be chosen.

Is it truly free to attend?

Yes! There is no charge for those selected inventors to attend the event. Note: INDA may require a credit-card to reserve your spot, and if you accept the invitation and don’t attend you will be charged a penalty fee. This is simply to prevent no-shows from detracting from the event and is not meant to add any type of fee.

Is this event similar to a tradeshow?

It is similar to a tradeshow, and in many ways it is even better:

  • The event is held in one day, not over the course of several days, for ultimate convenience.
  • You will receive a 15-minute time-slot to present your product to all of the companies in attendance.
  • INDA will provide a tabletop display area where you can exhibit your product and meet-and-greet the companies in attendance.

What happens if a company is interested in my product/invention?

The terms of submissions require you to name InventionHome as your Agent if any of the attending companies decides to pursue your invention further. This benefits you in many ways, such as:

  • InventionHome manages the entire product review and evaluation process, commonly referred to as "due diligence".
  • InventionHome handles contract negotiations and contract signing in cooperation with you.
  • InventionHome ensures that the company follows through on all deliverables that were outlined in the agreement and that they are paying royalties on time.

What agent fees are involved?

First, we reiterate that there is no cost for you to attend the event. If and ONLY if one of the companies attending the event has interest in pursuing your product, and you accept their offer to license and/or distribute your product, then InventionHome does have a modest commission. As your agent, InventionHome receives a broker fee for any revenue you may receive pursuant to any agreement, written or oral, between you and a third party introduced as a result of the RISE Conference. The broker’s fee is 20% of any gross revenue received for a license agreement or 5% of wholesale net revenue.

Why do I need an agent?

InventionHome is pleased to offer this opportunity in collaboration with INDA, as a chance for INDA members and inventors to meet in person. InventionHome’s only compensation is in the form of a commission that is very reasonable in accordance with industry standards should you successfully sell or license your product.

How do I know InventionHome or a company won’t steal my idea?

You are submitting your product on a non-confidential basis and we highly recommend that you have patent protection in place before doing so.

If a company likes my product, what compensation will they offer me?

We don’t know up front, each situation is unique. You can be assured that InventionHome will advise you through the process based on their experience with hundreds of agreements.

What happens to my submission if I am NOT chosen to attend the event?

If you are not selected to attend, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a great product idea! Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we can only invite 4 inventors to this event.

Please keep in mind that InventionHome and their affiliate division  MatchProduct both offer invention marketing and licensing services. They work with over 3,000 companies seeking new products to license and distribute, and they will be happy to assist you!

What Last Year's Attendees are Saying

“RISE lived up to its name in more ways than one. First, the technical papers were thought-provoking and uplifting. It is encouraging to see that our industry has an interesting pipeline of raw material, equipment and fabric innovations that can be applied across transportation, medical, hygiene, building products and more markets. Secondly, I met about 25 people that I didn’t know before with several representing good prospects for our business. Great networking!”


Paul Latten

Division President

International & Technical Fibers Consolidated Fibers

"RISE covered several of the nonwoven market areas with interesting new developments and products. The presentations were enjoyable and informative and the break sessions provided an excellent time for networking. Great Conference!!!!"


Mike Pate

Sales Manager

Foster Needle


“The RISE 2011 conference was well worth my time. It not only gave me great new business contacts, but the topics presented and discussed were highly relevant to both my current and future business.”


Eric Staudt

Global Technologist

Federal Mogul Corporation


“Innovation, inspiration and great networking best describes my experience at the RISE 2011 conference. This event is helping innovative companies like mine reach many key nonwoven industry leaders in just a few days.”


Chris Anderson

Director, Business Development



Nonwoven Fabric End-Uses

  1. Abrasives, Pads, Sheets & Scouring
  2. Acoustic Ceilings
  3. Agriculture
    • Capillary Mats
    • Covers & Seed Strips
    • Greenhouse Shading
  4. Apparel
    • Gloves & Glove Liners
    • Industrial, Laboratory & Cleanroom
    • Medical & Surgical
    • Military
    • Outerwear, Sportswear & Swimwear
    • Protective
    • Sleepwear
    • Underwear, Bras & Shoulder Pads
  5. Aprons
  6. Art Canvas
  7. Artificial Turf
  8. Automotive Headliners, Interior Trim, Upholstery, Vinyl Roofs, Filters
  9. Bags
    • Coffee & Tea
    • Vacuum Cleaner, Laundry & Garment
  10. Battery Separators
  11. Bibs, Baby
  12. Boat Furnishings
  13. Boats
  14. Bookcovers
  15. Capes/Wraps Cosmetic, Dental, Restaurant
  16. Casket Liners & Shrouds
  17. Cheese Wrap
  18. Coated Fabric Backings
  19. Cosmetic Applicators/Removers

  1. Diapers
  2. Envelopes, Tags & Labels
  3. Feminine Hygiene Products
  4. Filters
    • Air, Gas & Dust
    • Food
    • Liquid, Non-Food
    • Medical
  5. Floppy Disc Liners
  6. Fur, Imitation
  7. Geotextiles, Drainage & Erosion Control
  8. Headrest Covers, Public Transportation
  9. Home Furnishings
    • Bedding Sheets & Pillowcases
    • Blankets, Quilts, Quilt Covers, Bedspreads, Mattress Covers
    • Carpet Backings
    • Carpet Underpaddings
    • Drapery & Drapery Liners
    • Floor Coverings
    • Furniture
    • Ironing Board Pads
    • Lamp Shades
    • Mats (Bath, Door, Place)
    • Mattresses & Ticking
    • Pillows & Pillowcases
    • Slipcovers
    • Tablecloths
    • Upholstery Backings, Scrims
    • Wall Coverings
    • Window Shades
  10. Incontinence Diapers & Pads
  11. Insulation Electric
  12. Insulation Heat & Sound
  13. Interlinings & Interfacings
  14. Laundry Softeners & Antistatics

  1. Maps, Signs & Posters
  2. Medical Surgical
    • Bandages
    • Cast Paddings & Covers
    • Drapes
    • Dressings
    • Packaging Sterile
    • Packs
    • Sterile Overwraps
    • Surgical Masks
    • Swabs
    • Underpads
  3. Napkins
  4. Oil Sorbents
  5. Optical Supplies
  6. Packaging Wraps
  7. Pads Absorbent
  8. Paper Making Felts
  9. Promotional Items
  10. Roofing
  11. Sails/Kites
  12. Shoe Linings/Insoles
  13. Sponges
  14. Synthetic Leather/Luggage/Handbags
  15. Tapes & Ribbons
  16. Tens & Tarpaulins
  17. Towelettes Impregnated
  18. Towels & Washcloths
  19. Wipes
    • Baby
    • Cleanroom
    • Dusting
    • Household
    • Industrial
    • Medical
    • Personal, Cosmetic