INVENT@NMU expands into Gogebic Co.


Marquette – Invent@NMU, the idea incubator℠ located at Northern Michigan University that helps take product and business ideas to market, announces the launch of its first remote kiosk in Gogebic County to continue its efforts to expand business start-up resources throughout the Upper Peninsula. Presented by Gogebic Community College and the cities of Ironwood, Bessemer and Wakefield, the kiosk creates the opportunity for inventors and entrepreneurs to learn about the services offered, submit an idea for a product or business and receive a response from the Invent@NMU team within three business days.

To celebrate the launch, Invent@NMU is hosting two events in Ironwood on Thursday, Oct. 11. From noon-2 p.m., students can experience the kiosk during #TacoThursday on the campus of Gogebic Community College in the Student Center Courtside. With complimentary tacos, the Invent@NMU staff is excited to “taco ‘bout ideas” with attendees while showcasing the new kiosk. The community event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Cold Iron Brewery with featured speaker Chris Cheney, CFO and Co-Founder of Contrast Coffee and the opportunity to learn more about the kiosk. Attendees can drop their business card to receive a free drink ticket during the event.

The Gogebic County kiosk will rotate its location throughout Ironwood, Bessemer and Wakefield, including Gogebic Community College, local libraries and businesses, and more.

“We are excited for this partnership and to continue our mission to expand the entrepreneurial support eco-system in the Upper Peninsula,” says Ray Johnson, Executive Director of Invent@NMU. “With the ability for inventors and entrepreneurs to submit their innovative ideas remotely, the kiosk makes the first step in bringing a napkin idea to market easier and less intimidating.”

With common goals to create a world-class entrepreneurial support eco-system in the Upper Peninsula, Invent@NMU partnered with Innovate Marquette SmartZone earlier this year and celebrated the launch of the first kiosk, which is stationed in Marquette. The Gogebic County kiosk is the first remote kiosk of many to be stationed throughout the Upper Peninsula. If interested in learning more about placing a kiosk in your community, please call 906-227-6261. For more information, visit

About Invent@NMU

Invent@NMU is the idea incubator™ powered by students, and led by professionals. From products to small businesses, the staff offers a variety of innovative and entrepreneurial support to campus and community members. The innovative five-step process gives individualized attention to every detail. From market analysis and initial concept refinement to prototyping, testing and marketing, Invent@NMU breaks down the daunting entrepreneurial process. All ideas are worth exploring™.

For more information, visit or follow Invent@NMU on Facebook and Instagram.

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