Discovery Day attracts inventors, investors

Posted at: 04/25/2014 5:31 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Lee Weinland holds up a yellow plastic golf bag.

“I have here the world's lightest golf bag. It's 15 ounces,” he said.

He is an inventor. Like others inventors, he got to pitch his latest brain child to a group of investors.

“I think we are going to sell a gazillion of them if we can get ramped up to manufacture them fast.”

The goal of Farmington’s Discovery Day was simple:

“To unearth what we call discoveries that with the right resources, mentorship connections brought to bear can build that start up into a successful startup,” said High Desert Discovery District’s founder and CEO, Michelle Miller.

And they plan to make a difference in our state.

“That is the space that we are most impacting, bringing forward rural innovators, people from Cloudcroft to Gallup to Farmington, into the hd3 world and seeing if we can’t help them,” said Miller.

Weinland is a New Mexican first and foremost and  so are the other presenters.

They want their ideas to help build the Land of Enchantment.

“Why should it go anywhere else? Why shouldn't I make more jobs for people and have a product  that we can say, this is made in New Mexico,” he said.

And the panelists agree.

“They have a lot of people who are giving their time because they  care about New Mexico and making a difference,” said a panelist known as “Wish”.

“These people are excited about finding places to develop and developing our economy here in New Mexico, they have the money and the talent to make it happen and I hope I have an opportunity to do it,” Said Weinland.