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Quirky creates products invented by real people like you!

How We Do What We Do

Here’s where you can find out a bit more about us, how our invention process works, and get your questions answered.

We Are Quirky

Quirky is the only brand that makes products invented by real people like you. We exist to create great products because we believe great ideas don’t come from the board room - they come from the living room. Quirky wants to empower inventors and those inspired by everyday challenges to create a better "insert product here". You can find our products on the shelves of major retailers all over the world, and our inventors too (not on the shelves, just all around the world).

We all have a great product idea. Quirky wants to make it a great product.
Scroll down to see HOW we do it!

With Love,
Team Quirky :)

How it Works

Tell Us Your Brilliant Idea

Tell us about your brilliant product idea in as little or as much detail as you’d like by filling out our submission form.

If you’ve got more than just an idea (like a patent, prototype, or actual product) connect with Quirky here!

Submit A Product Idea to Qurky

Category:

Kitchen

Description:

A colander that has a detachable bottom so it can turn into bowl after draining!

Problem Solved:

No more needing to dirty two different bowls when cooking! Drain the pasta, put on the bottom, serve!

See if You’re Invention Gets Picked

Every month Quirky picks new ideas to turn into real products. This month it
could be yours, so make sure to follow Quirky’s In Development Email
Newsletters!

Your Product is Made

Once selected your product goes through further design, development, prototyping, testing, manufacturing, and distribution – all the way to the shelves of the major stores you know and love.

It Sells, You Earn Cash!

If your product is chosen Quirky will make it, sell it, and pay you
everytime someone buys your awesome invention!

Quirky by the

Numbers

more than1,300,000

Members in Our Community

Created321,000

Inventions

and earned$11,000,000

Royalties Paid

So How Much Will Quirky Pay Me If They Pick My Product

Here’s an example of how our royalties work
1

If your product gets made by Quirky you'll receive a 1.5% royalty on the wholesale price of your invention.

2

The wholesale price is set at $20.00 per unit. This means for every single unit that is sold you'll make 1.5% of $20, which is $0.30.

3

If retailers buy 100,000 units of your invention you'll earn $30,000! You'll receive payment 4x per year for the sales of the previous quarter.

Feeling like you’ve got an even
better idea? Submit yours now!
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Frequently Asked Questions

Let Us Answer Any Questions You May Have
Q: What is Quirky?
A: Quirky is a free community-led invention platform that brings real people’s ideas to life. Invention is hard. It requires a diverse set of skills, and it costs a lot of money. Everyday people have brilliant ideas but no way to see them become real products. Quirky makes inventing and selling products possible by pairing inventors with product designers and big manufacturing companies that can bring their ideas to life. Quirky is essentially the middle man between manufacturers who need innovative product ideas, and individuas with great ideas.
Q: How often does Quirky review inventions?
A: We’re constantly evaluating inventions. We don’t just look at your submission once and make a decision – it’s an ongoing process. Sometimes we’re focused on specific categories and we’ll dedicate more resources to reviewing inventions in those categories. But never fear! If your invention is sitting in the Review phase, it’s on our radar and is in the consideration set to bring to market. It may take days or months for us to get back to you on your specific invention, and if you don't hear from us it means we're not currently pursueing your invention. To see which inventions we have selected each month make sure you're signed up for the Quirky newsletter.
Q: How do you decide which products to manufacture?
A: Ultimately the decision is made by Quirky manufacturing partners based on multiple different factors including: how unique the idea is, if it is patentable, if there is a market for the product, the competitive landscape, how viable it is to manufacture, and the manufacturer’s product development roadmap. They also take into account the market research conducted on quirky.com and the love the invention has received from the community in the form of contributions.
Q: Is there a cost to joining Quirky?
A: Quirky is a completely free platform for inventors and influencers.
Q: What is the royalty structure?
A: Check out this blog article to learn more about our royalty structure. For all the nitty gritty details, visit our terms of service.
Q: How does Quirky work?
A: After you sign in to Quirky.com, you will be able to submit your invention ideas. You can work on your inventions on your own, or you can ask other Quirky community members for help. In exchange for the skills and services offered by the community, you will share “influence” with them, which means sharing a percentage of your royalties. Once you’re comfortable with the details of your invention, you will submit it to the Quirky team, who will review your invention for market potential. Quirky reviews inventions on a rolling basis and selects ideas to explore further for refinement (industrial design & renders) and viability testing (IP procurement, prototyping). If we think your invention is a winner, we’ll produce it! When it hits store shelves; you (and all the “influencers” from the Quirky community who helped you along the way) will share in the royalties earned on every unit that is sold.
Q: What are the different phases of the Quirky invention evaluation process?
A: Concept – This is where you give us details on your brilliant idea! You can keep your submission private (see more on that here) or make it public to get help from the Quirky community. Once you’re comfortable with the details of your invention, click to submit it. Review – This is the bucket of inventions that the Quirky team reviews on a rolling basis to identify ideas that we’d like to explore further. You’ll hear back from us on the status of your invention within 45 days of your invention being submitted. In this phase, you can no longer edit your idea and the focus shifts to the market research survey and crowdsourcing competitive products to better understand viability. Development – If your product made it to this phase, hooray! We think your idea is worth exploring further and we dedicate resources to refine the idea to understand its viability. This is where we create industrial design sketches & renders, materials testing, prototypes and pricing analysis to understand if your product has a place in the market. We’ll be sharing updates along the way as your invention is being refined. Production – If after refining the idea and doing viability testing, we believe we have found a winner, your invention will move into the Production phase. This is where your product is being built at the factory, on its way to hitting shelves soon! We’ll be refining elements like product name, tagline & packaging during this phase. Launched – Congrats – time to earn that cash! Your invention is now being sold. This is where we showcase your invention’s full journey and link to our Quirky Shop for shoppers everywhere to buy your invention. And don’t forget – every time it’s sold, you earn!
Q: When should I expect to hear back from Quirky about my invention submission?
A: You should receive an email from us immediately after submitting your invention that confirms we received your idea. Quirky evaluates ideas on a continuous basis and will reach out to you if your idea has been chosen to move to Development. Make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter which contains important and timely updates.
Q: I heard back that my invention hasn’t moved into Development after initial review, does that mean you’ll never make my invention?
A: If your idea is in the Review phase, it’s always in the consideration set. Don’t worry – your idea is safe in the Review phase and will continue to gather feedback from the community. We’ll be sure you’re the first to know if we’re interested in developing your invention. If we don't make your idea after 12 months you may request your IP back.
Q: I am the inventor or influencer of a legacy invention that was submitted for review. What can I expect moving forward?
A: All legacy inventions (inventions submitted pre-bankruptcy) have been placed in the Review phase and will be reviewed on the same rolling basis as all other inventions. Even if your idea is 4 years old, we’re still considering it for development.
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