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How can I turn my idea into a prototype or business? Great question, I asked ChatGPT the same thing.


With all the hype around ChatGPT and AI and Skynet and robots taking over the world, I decided to put this marvellous technology to the test and ask it three questions. I’ve pasted my direct inputs and outputs from a ChatGPT session and added my concluding thoughts post-Q&A below.

Remember, these answers are coming from a robot that can seemingly access most of the internet’s data. Maybe it knows a thing or two about technology development? The answers are a bit wordy, but surprisingly (or not) informative.

For reference, I underlined portions of the answers that lead to follow-up questions.

Question 1

Q: How can I turn my idea into a prototype or business?

A: “Here are some general steps you can follow to turn your idea into a prototype or business:

  1. Refine your idea: Before you begin developing a prototype or starting a business, it's important to refine your idea and identify its unique value proposition. You should conduct market research, identify your target customers, and determine the key features and benefits of your product or service.
  2. Create a prototype: Once you have a clear idea of what you want to create, you should begin to develop a prototype. This can involve creating a mockup or a basic version of your product or service that you can test and refine.
  3. Test your prototype: Once you have a prototype, you should test it with potential customers and gather feedback. Use this feedback to refine your prototype and improve your product or service.
  4. Develop a business plan: If you decide to turn your prototype into a business, you will need to develop a business plan. This should include a detailed description of your product or service, a market analysis, financial projections, and a marketing strategy.
  5. Secure funding: Depending on the scope of your project, you may need to secure funding to turn your prototype into a business. This can involve pitching your idea to investors, applying for grants or loans, or using crowdfunding platforms.
  6. Launch your business: Once you have a refined prototype and a solid business plan, it's time to launch your business. This can involve creating a website, marketing your product or service, and building a customer base.

Remember, turning an idea into a prototype or business requires hard work, dedication, and resources. It may be helpful to seek guidance from a mentor or participate in a startup program to help you navigate the process and access the resources you need to succeed.”

Question 2

Q: What resources can help turn an idea into a prototype or business?

A: There are several resources that can help turn an idea into a prototype or business. Here are some of the most common ones:

  1. Incubators and accelerators: Incubators and accelerators are programs that provide resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities to early-stage startups. They can help you develop your idea, create a prototype, and connect with potential investors.
  2. Maker spaces: Maker spaces are community workshops that provide access to tools, equipment, and resources for building prototypes. They can provide access to 3D printers, laser cutters, and other specialized equipment that may be difficult to access otherwise.
  3. Crowdfunding platforms: Crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, can help you raise funds to develop your prototype or start your business. They allow you to pitch your idea to a large audience and collect pre-orders or donations to fund your project.
  4. Business plan competitions: Many universities and organizations host business plan competitions that can help you develop your idea and pitch it to potential investors. These competitions often offer cash prizes and other resources to help startups get off the ground.
  5. Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA is a government agency that provides resources and support to small businesses. They offer resources on starting a business, developing a business plan, and finding funding.
  6. Online resources: There are many online resources that can help you develop your idea and create a prototype. Online tutorials, forums, and communities can provide guidance on everything from product design to marketing.

Question 3

Q: What is a technology incubator?

A: A technology incubator, also known as a startup incubator, is a program or organization that supports the development of early-stage technology companies or startups. Incubators typically provide resources and services to help these companies grow and become successful.

Technology incubators can offer a wide range of support, including office space, mentorship, networking opportunities, access to funding, and business development assistance. These resources can help startups to overcome common challenges, such as developing a viable business model, creating a product or service, and reaching customers.

Incubators can be run by a variety of organizations, including universities, government agencies, venture capital firms, and private companies. Some incubators focus on specific industries or technologies, such as biotech or software, while others are more general in nature.

The ultimate goal of a technology incubator is to help startups become self-sufficient and sustainable, so that they can eventually leave the incubator and continue to grow and thrive on their own.


Let’s summarize what just happened: I asked an extremely powerful technology to produce options to develop an idea further, then what resources are available to complete those options, and finally to explain a technology incubator.

In summary, ChatGPT said: “To turn an idea into a business or prototype, do these 6 things (see Question 1). To complete those 6 things, here are 6 resources (see Question 2). Here is one of those resources explained, and all of the benefits you will receive with it (see Question 3).”

Why does this matter?

By joining RS DesignSpark and applying to become an Accelerate candidate

  1. You will complete the activities from answer #1
  2. You will be using resources 1, 2 and 6 from answer #2
  3. You will receive all the benefits listed from answer #3.

Seems like a no brainer to me.

Get it? Computers don't have brains.... yet.

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