Hello, I'm very new to this and was hoping to find some guidance. When I was in high school I took every marketing class available to me. An assignment I was given directed me to reinvent/upgrade a product that was already in existence. We did two projects on this particular assignment and I recreated two products of my choice, one a washer/dryer and the other was a mop. For a high school assignment I went the extreme and sketched out drawings in great detail of the washing and drying unit. I knew my ideas were great, but it never crossed my mind to send them in. A few years later the duo washer/dryer in one side by side unit came to the market. Very short from my idea but over the past 10 years they have been upgrading and every year it gets closer to my original idea, though we're still not there yet. I've seen commercials for the mop I created in this past year.
I'm looking for advice on the process of taking an idea and selling it someone else. I have a great idea for a new medical device that could really help millions of people, however its just in the idea phase. I don't have the means to invest in building the product myself, but I would love to see it get done as it will definitely add quality to someones life. Are there companies out there that work with you to build your product and create a patent? Are there companies that just buy ideas? After my experience of losing out on some original ideas I would love to get my new idea on the market. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.