Oprah Has A Big Idea: She's Looking for Inventors

Want to be on Oraph and on QVC with your invention?

Oprah is on the search for the next Big Idea. Here's your chance to become a QVC success story.

Do you have an original product or invention you want the world to know about? You could be sitting on a gold mine! The Oprah Winfrey Show is teaming up with QVC for Oprah's Search for the Next Big Idea.

You could be one of up to 10 finalists selected to present your product on The Oprah Winfrey Show. If the studio audience votes you the winner, you will get the opportunity to sell your product on QVC!

You can pre-register now for the chance to have your product reviewed at one of three national trade shows sponsored by QVC. Upon registration you'll be scheduled for a 10- to 15-minute appointment within a one-hour block, during which your product will be evaluated by a QVC representative.

To be eligible, you must meet certain criteria as specified in the Official Rules, including having a product sample or finished prototype of a product of your own original design which does not currently have broad national distribution, is manufacturable, and can be legally sold in the U.S.

Each product will be judged based on its ability to be demonstrated, its level of broad appeal, and its creative and unique nature, as well as its meeting certain QVC legal requirements.

Entries may only be received at one of the three (3) QVC Regional Trade Shows (the "Trade Shows") which will be held from 9:00 a.m. (local time) to 6:00 p.m. (local time) on March 23, 2007, March 26, 2007 and March 29, 2007 in Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, respectively.

You can find out more and register here.

Erik Thompson
Featured Blogger

Feb 8, 2007
by Erik "The Pitch Coach" (not verified)

inventors on your feet

Rose i'm excited that your excited about this great opportunity to be a successful inventor, go girl. if I find a show that caters to inventors, you bet your a$$ i'm going to track them down and bring them back here to inventorspot.com

Feb 10, 2007
by Jeannie (not verified)

I'm down for it!

Hi Erik,

Thanks for the information!

I have entered and I'm crossing my fingers!



Feb 10, 2007
by Erik "The Pitch Coach" (not verified)

you are get to make it

jeannie i have all the fate in the world that your invention the smudge guard will make it!

Feb 13, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Give up your sample/

Did I read this correctly? They state not to present any samples (prototypes) if you are not willing to get them back! They will become the property of QVC. I would only agree to this if I was the top 10, but not just to present it and then loose my very expensive $$$prototypes!

Feb 28, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

I have the same concern. How

I have the same concern. How do we resolve this problem? I have an invention that I would like to enter but do not want to give QVC control of it. I have e-mailed Oraph's people and sent a letter to her legal department without any response. Time is running out! And I would like to enter this contest. Have you found any answers?

Mar 3, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

You coould make a video and

You coould make a video and state that you will ship the invention to them if  they have considerable interest in it.

Mar 5, 2007
by inventorgirl (not verified)

oprahs contest

I have a prototype and an idea but its not patented yet and Im a little confused... must our ideas be patented  ti be eligible for this contest? any ideas?

Mar 7, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

No patent necessary-but

 It would be recommended that you draw your idea in black ink and include numbers on items of it and on another sheet of paper descibe the numbers. Then get a provisional patent application at uspto.com and send it with  $100 to the p&to. This will give you patent pending for a year.

Mar 12, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)


I got a confirmation back stating for the "above concerned" that QVC will not keep your samples.

Nov 12, 2007
by henry paddy (not verified)

please permit me the chance to talk to miss oprah before i die

dearest oprah
iam very happy to sent my comments to you.please you are more than a billion,you why iam saying this because you are through sant of the most high god,you ve than so many and god is going to reward you for your good work done madam.please my dream is to meet you face to face before i go to my grave madam,so help me now and also i ve important things to share with you my dear please help me now.my number is 00233243256149.from ghana west africa.i love you dearlly madam.i wish you are my mother,but it can be so because everything made by god is perfect.hear you soon madam.henry

Aug 28, 2008
by Anonymous

pet product invention

If Oprah could help with some financial problems to launch my invention I would be more than willing to donate 20% of all proceeds until their are no more puppy mills.After that then I would like to donate to the ASPCA and PAWS.

Sep 4, 2008
by Anonymous

Cake Decoration

\i know you are looking for inventors but am in need of help and promise that if am help i will donate 15% of the proceeds i'll be making.
I won an award fro ICES of $500 to study cake decorating.75% of that amount must used for tuition and the rest for traveling, boarding and feeding.In all my life i have loved to bake and decorate so when the opportunity was given to i was happy,but it was short lived as i soon found out that the ammount given wii not be enough as i was be taught by an ICES teacher which unfortunately is not in my country(SIERRA LEONE) talk much of Africa.Those teachers are only in the USA or UK,so you can see why i really need you to help me.Also the award is for only a year and will be given to aonther if not used.
PleaseI'm asking you kindly in the name of God that you help me with an air ticket, boarding,feeding and slao some more money to do more course as the money give though well appreciated will only pay for a session or two.please Oprah help me make my dream come true you've done it for other and are still doing it.
I promise with this know knoledge i'll be able to be of help to my community and my country at large.
God bless you for been a blessing in the lives of others.
23 Sanders street
Sierra Leone
West Africa

Sep 4, 2008
by Anonymous

FGM(female genital mutilation)CESMYCO

Hi Opra
I'm running an NGO Young girls and wemen that have suffer from harmful traditional practices in my country.It has not been easy to but am still pressing on even when there are when there is little or no funding.
I'm asking you that you kindly help me with funding to rehabilitate these girls and women that have been hurt and also to help inciators that have laid down there knives to be self reliant and take care of themselves.Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.
Laurel Bangura

Dec 21, 2008
by Anonymous

myspace.com " Neanderthal Feather Walkers "

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Captain Feather Walker

Feb 13, 2009
by Anonymous

Preventing the number one cause of home fires

I invented a product that will save lives and millions of dollars a year. It will sell for around $25 and there is nothing different for the user to do. It is the perfect product at the perfect time when older adults are try to maintain there independence. You will never forget your stove is on , and there is no insulation and nothing to set . It is truely a product that people are waiting for. cooksafe@aol.com