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Carolin Maney

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A forum for people to drop their business ideas that others, seeking to start businesses can then develop

There are business ideas that hit us like lightning bolts from time to time. When I get some of those ideas, I think, " If I weren't in school, I would have loved to start that as a business but given my the limits of time, networking and financial resources, I can't. But, just because I don't have the time or resources or the will to pitch the idea formally to an affluent group of people, should a potentially innovative idea go to waste?
I think it would be great if TED could start an IDEA BANK as a branch-website where individuals who have no qualms about intellectual property rights can drop there ideas as an open source that others can then develop. It could function in a way similar to a blood bank or a sperm bank. Entrepreneurs in search of ideas could use the idea bank as a resource from which they can borrow ideas to create, improve, or innovate their businesses. There could even be a way of keeping track of which ideas have been adopted, and which ones have been partially adopted and so on.

A lot of great, creative, business ideas that are out there never get realized. There are also a large number of individuals who have the time and the resources to start new and creative businesses.If the individuals who have these great ideas are not going to pursue or develop their ideas, then why not let someone else realize it, and make the world a slightly better and creative place to be?

If any of you is aware of such a website, please do let me know. If you'd like to build a website, I would love to be part of the endeavor in terms of fleshing out the details of this project.

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    Feb 16 2013: Carolin,

    There are some people applying for this kind of ideia in the open innovation field. The most complete one I've found is InnoCentive, but it still working more in the "market's challenges" sites.
    https://www.innocentive.com/
    Or as you will see, it is more likely a "market pull" than an "idea push".

    There is a new ideia that I really loved and its really simillar with what you thought about, but unfortunelly its a brazilian project only and the website is in portuguese. Anyway you can still check this at http://synapseshub.com/
    This is one case that is more likely an "idea push" case, where ideas can connect and make things happen.
    • Feb 16 2013: Hi Mikael,
      Synapses Hub does seem to capture the idea (from what I gather from the video). It would be great if someone could create an English version of the website.

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