Ersan Saribal

Mary Ellen Pennington Successfully Licensed a Product!

“”What do you want to be when you grow up?”

As a boy, I always answered, “Inventor!”

Then I grew up, meandering through careers in sales, music, and marketing. Inventing lingered sadly in the background as a failed dream, and reminder that I wasn’t living up to my full potential.

Well, not anymore.

At forty one years old, I secured a licensing deal with a prominent company…Which me a professional inventor, and the little boy in me couldn’t be happier!!

Thank you to Scott and Stephen at inventRight for changing the course of my life. It all started in June, 2020, when I read Stephen’s book “One Simple Idea” which introduced me to #openinnovation. I began tracking my # of new invention ideas by month.

January 2021. Floundering, disenchanted, and about to give up, I signed up for 1 on 1 coaching with Scott @ inventRight. I needed the experience and support from someone who’s been there, done that. Over many months, Scott championed my progress when I didn’t believe in myself.

Ideas came faster and faster, in valuable retail categories. As for the first product I licensed? An EDC (everyday carry) knife called Alerion – see renderings at

With one invention under my belt, I can’t wait to tackle more with confidence! Thank you to the crew at IR for changing my life and making my dream come true.”

Ersan Saribal


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