Inventors Spotlight


Inventors Spotlight gives the home improvement/DIY community an inside look at what may be the next big product or service to revolutionize the home improvement industry. Inventors also have the opportunity to meet with buyers and potential investors and get feedback on their products.

The United Inventors Association (UIA) is pleased to once again sponsor Inventors Spotlight at the National Hardware Show, which will feature UIA Education Sessions, Pitch the Experts Panels and the QVC Product Search.

UIA Inventor Spotlight Awards

Most Innovative Concept: This award recognizes a product (in development or finalized) that is truly unique in a product category. From a sketch through a fully developed product, this category looks at the overall innovation of the concept and how it fits into the category.

Best Marketing Effort: Marketing an idea effectively can be a daunting and challenging task. This award recognizes inventors who develop and deliver an irresistible sales pitch that makes potential prospects acutely aware of the value they will derive from their product or service, in a clear and quantifiable way.

The Pinnacle Award (Best in Show): The successful development of a product takes talent, knowledge, and tenacity. This award recognizes the broadest range of efforts by the inventor. From design, market research, sales, fulfillment, manufacturing and quality. This category is judged on everything and based on the attention paid by the inventor to all phases of ideation, invention, and commercialization.

2016 Award Winners

Pinnacle Best in Show:
Tad Pole

Most Innovative:
Fred’s Trolley

Best Marketing:
The Slammer Tool

UIA Education Sessions

The UIA Education Forum at the National Hardware Show is a three-day long event, featuring informative presentations and Q&A sessions across a wide range of inventor-related topics, multiple Pitch the Experts product review sessions, and QVC and the Grommet Product Searches.

If you have any questions about the Educational Forum or Product Pitch Panels, please contact
Jessica Delich at

Are you a current Inventors Spotlight exhibitor or interested in exhibiting?

Always a high traffic area, exhibiting in the Inventors Spotlight brings an unprecedented opportunity to network with and demonstrate your product to decision-makers who know this is the place to find the most innovative products & services. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with retail buyers, potential investors and industry professionals looking for fresh, new products.

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We want to help get you the most product exposure possible both leading up to the Show and during the Show! We have numerous product exposure opportunities available to our Inventors Spotlight exhibitors, including:

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