Frequently Asked Questions

There is no monetary cost to join or maintain a membership.

There is no ongoing time commitment.  The upfront commitment is completing an application, which we review and if accepted, we will send you access credentials. After that, you can access the University content to learn at your own pace, participate in the Knowledge Boards and access the Data Platform as often as you wish.

We send out emails two times per month with new content updates so you do not have to always be checking. We build the updates in a blog post and then at the end of the two-week period, we copy and paste that into an email (which you can unsubscribe from at any time).  If something in the email looks helpful to you,  you can pop in to access the content. The blog posts for platform updates are located here:  https://basecampinqb8r.com/category/updates/

We also include filtering of information and data on the platform by date added/updated so you do not have to remember if you reviewed something already or not.

But the goal is for members to contribute to the Knowledge Boards through Q&A, peer-to-peer advisory and contributing helpful information that has been beneficial for them in their companies.  Examples are tools, processes, strategies, tactics, links to news or information and any other thoughts or commentary you might have that could be helpful.  The platform will increase in value when we all can collectively contribute.

We are not placing any restriction on company size.  You could just have an idea or could be a mature consumer product company that is still looking to grow.

Here are some examples how you can benefit and participate:

  • You’re in the idea stage or early stage startup, get educated in the University Section on the best ways to develop, launch and grow
  • Your scaling your startup, find funding resources in the Data Platform and engage in peer-to-peer advisory in the Knowledge boards
  • Your a more mature consumer product company seeking more growth, stay on top of the latest strategies and tactics to potentially use in your growth plan.

But in reality, we hope all components of Basecamp InQb8r are of value to all members. The inspiration for how to model Basecamp InQb8r comes from the components that have helped us succeed with our companies, including:

  • Education: know what to do, how to do it and when, while also staying current with industry and marketplace practices;
  • Industry and Marketplace intelligence: staying current on the strategies and tactics working in the marketplace, while also staying abreast of key news and trends that we can take advantage of;
  • Mentoring and advice: getting input and feedback from others to help us with our challenges;
  • Data: get data on others to compare and potentially model in our own company;
  • Resources:  find outside resources to help grow, including, education, mentors/advisors, incubators/accelerators, crowdfunding, seed/angel investors, venture capital/private equity investors, lenders, networking/events, and vendors.

These components above can be time consuming to develop, maintain and extract value from if each of us did it on our own. Our goal is to take these components and combine them into one online platform that has high quality, curated content to help consumer product startups and companies grow.

The first is to complete the form on the main application page.

Once that is completed and submitted, we will review and respond back to you.  If you meet the requirements indicated on the application page, we will provide you with access credentials. If you are in the idea stage and do not have a website, we may request additional information from you to prove you are a consumer product startup, such as a presentation on your company/idea (also called a pitch deck), or pictures of product samples/prototypes.

We are not putting any time limit on membership and you can remain a member as long as you are an active consumer product company.  If you are no longer active, either because your idea/concept did not prove out, you closed your company, sold it, or you have moved on from your company and no longer working in developing, launching or growing a consumer product company, then we would want to deactivate your account.  We will contact you periodically to determine your status. If we do not hear from your and see that you have not accessed your account in a while, we will deactivate it.  For security purposes, we like to remove inactive accounts.

We know that time is your greatest and most valued asset, so we built Basecamp InQb8r to give you want you need and quickly.  You don’t have to pop in to constantly monitor information feeds and remember what you already reviewed.

We send out emails two times per month with new content updates so you do not have to always be checking. We build the updates in a blog post and then at the end of the two-week period, we copy and paste that into an email (which you can unsubscribe from at any time).  If something in the email looks helpful to you,  you can pop in to access the content. Platform updates are located here: https://basecampinqb8r.com/category/updates/

We also include filtering of information and data on the platform by date added/updated so you do not have to remember if you reviewed something already or not.

Broadly speaking, we have four sections:

  1. University teaches the basics about developing, launching and growing, whether it is direct to consumer or through resellers and retail, or both.
  2. The knowledgeboards is a forum where us at Basecamp InQb8r and members can add in helpful content, engage in Q&A and peer-to-peer advisory
  3. The data platform is data on members, non members, resources to help grow, a database of distribution sources,  and a marketplace of recommended vendors.  Data is added by us at Basecamp InQb8r and we allow members to submit data.
  4. The calendar is where we post events for members.

The data from the application is included in our Company Database.  Basecamp InQb8r members have access to the database only, not the general public.  Names and email addresses have been omitted so those are not visible to members.  We also include information on non-member companies. Please click here to read more about what information is in the Company Database and its value to members.

Yes, through the Company Database that you would also have access.

One way to pay for running Basecamp InQb8r is charging access to the data. Outside angel investors, private equity and venture capital firms, research groups and government agencies can purchase subscriptions to the database, so your information is a way for startups to get on the radar of investors, which is why the integrity of the data that the startup submits is important. The consumer products category is bigger than technology, yet the funding landscape is not well-developed like it is in technology. More and more investors want access to this space, which Basecamp InQb8r can help in this regard through the database.

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