makeworldbetter wrote:How many ideas will be commercialized? Only the final 14? Or 50?
How many of them will be seen on TV? 50? or all 80?
This is my 1st post at the InventorSpot - and I think I have an answer to your queston.
I was at the San Jose CC and what a remarkable experience it was!
To answer your question: They formally commercialize the 12-14 "Winners". However... I am a San Jose finalist, but they told me that "they're not sure if I'll be in the final cut (12-14) but they may have retail opportunities for me through their partners."
So then... if your idea/product is unique, marketable, and can withstand the scrutiny of their patent attorneys... you may find yourself w/ a licensing deal off the cuff.
After my "filmed pitch" where the 3 TV Judges give a Yes/No (you need 2 out of 3) they whisk you away to a quiet part of the studio (there's alot of whisking goin' on) where you sign more documents and turn over your prototypes.
In my case, as I was finalizing the papework, an EE rep grabbed me and my prototype and took me downstairs to pitch to Home Depot. There were also reps from Staples, Sharper Image and others, who represent a group of roughly 200 buyers/licensors, partnered with Everyday Edisons.
Hope this helps!