The Inspirer team of professional ideators/innovators help bring ideas to life at any phase of the innovation lifecycle.

Inspiration × Ideation = Innovation
Inspirer Services
Inspirer helps you create unique ideas based on our proprietary ideation process developed through the building of numerous successful startups and consulting with 100’s of companies.
Inspirer can assemble a specific team of the top entrepreneurial minds, across all disciplines, to innovate on a company’s behalf. The Inspirer team innovates for you, not to replace your current team, but to enhance them.
EIR PROGRAM (Entrepreneur In Residence)
Inspirer can provide a specific innovator or a rotating team of innovators that work part-time, on location, embedded within a company’s team. Inspirer is the matchmaker between internal teams wanting to tackle critical problems with skilled innovators who are looking to make a meaningful impact and can help solve the problems.
Inspirer helps you think through your idea from multiple viewpoints and aids in researching the idea’s viability & growth potential.
Inspirer Ideation Process
  1. The Inspirer team meets with the client team to identify the area in which ideation would benefit.
  2. Inspirer runs an Idea Discovery Session with the client to uncover hidden internal ideas.
  3. Inspirer runs an Outsourced Think Tank Ideation Session with targeted serially successful startup founders/experts.
    • Sessions are documented for the client (video with searchable transcripts, notes/sketches, and whiteboard photos).
    • Sessions are focused on ideation leading to innovation.
    • Sessions can be attended by client team.
  4. Inspirer revisits client and goes over external ideation session.
    • Inspirer aids in creating initiatives and actionable items, IP for in-house council to protect, and identifies potential partners.
  5. Next Steps
    • Client can implement ideas with internal team.
    • Client can extend offer to relevant startup expert that resonates with the team to be an internal/external EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence).
    • Client can work with Inspirer to identify and vet relevant experts to build externally on the ideas.
The Inspirer Team
The team at Inspirer is composed of serially successful entrepreneurs who have created amazing products and companies, from scratch, and grown them to be successful in markets around the globe. And not just any serially successful entrepreneur can be an "Inspirer"... we look for the magic combination of inspiration AND ideation abilities, the raw ingredients of the secret sauce of innovation.
Meet The Founders
We love to combine ideation with inspiration to create innovation. So much so we have created 26 of our own companies between us. In building that many ideas from scratch we found that there is a magic combination of abilities and techniques that can fill whiteboards with amazing ideas. In observing our entrepreneurial friends we saw similar traits in them that led to their success. Over the past 7 years we have tested and now standardized the process of combining ideation with inspiration to create successful innovation and are proud to offer our services to you.
Mike Stemple
Mike is one of the top ideators in the world and has founded 20 companies. He is a sponsored endurance athlete, a top-rated mentor and Director-Emeritus at The Founder Institute, a mentor at Techstars, a past governor appointee to the CO Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness, and a proud veteran of the US Army. Mike is considered an expert at ideation, innovation, startups, and brand creation. You can learn more about Mike by visiting

“The mantra that ideas are ‘worthless and it is all about execution’ is false. There are 35x as many construction workers as there are architects. Without the ‘blueprint’ nothing would get built. And we are builders, we see the world as broken, and we have so much more building and architecting to do.” – Mike

Mike Stemple, Inspirer’s founder, has personally built successful companies in the Bluetooth/WiFi, mobile content, consumer electronic, personalization, and social media spaces.
A partial list of Mike Stemple’s personal innovations:

  • 2001 – Built the world’s first Bluetooth delivered multimedia application for handheld pda’s.
  • 2002 – Built the world’s first location-based, WiFi delivered, streaming video solution to a mobile device (pda) utilized by Blockbuster Entertainment retail locations.
  • 2003 – Built the world’s first App Store platform for delivery of mobile applications and content, utilized by Maxim Magazine, Tiger Beat & Bop Magazines, Sobe Beverages, Americas Top Model, Best Buy, RadioShack, amongst others.
  • 2003 – Built the world’s first PIN Card (gift card) for mobile content redemption system.
  • 2004 – Built the world’s first mobile content vending machine utilized by RadioShack & Best Buy.
  • 2004 – Built the world’s first large scale personalization platform for consumer electronics utilized a who’s-who of consumer electronic companies and wireless carriers.
  • 2006 – Built the world’s first large scale platform for vehicle personalization utilized by the majority of automotive manufacturers (bought by 3M).
  • 2006 – Built the world’s first large scale platform for sport accessory personalization utilized by the top water bottle manufacturers.
  • 2008 – Built the world’s first auto content aggregation to mobile device solution.
  • 2009 – Built a platform to tackle the problem of allowing parents to monitor their kids social media for inappropriate content.
  • 2011 – Built world’s first bluetooth low energy solutions for smartphones.
  • 2013 – Built and launched successful Kickstarter for new type of mobile device case.
  • 2014 – As a consultant, built innovative wireless ankle monitor (Confidential Project).
Nina Noelle Holmes

Nina is a serial entrepreneur and has founded 6 companies. She is an active participant in the Denver non-profit and startup communities and shares her free time as a leadership board member for the Center for Work Education & Employment (CWEE) which is focused on strengthening Denver’s community and economy. Nina oversees and works on the organization of client ideation sessions, recruiting, events, testing, and optimization.

“People inspire the world. People power brands through their stories, experiences, and knowledge. Products and services cannot touch the heart of a potential customer the way a person can. That’s why our approach to bringing ideas to life is unique. People are the reason why we do what we do.” – Nina

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it."

-William Arthur Ward
Our team has worked with some seriously inspiring brands...

“Sometimes it’s the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”

-Alan Turing

I found working with Mike and Nina to be one of my greatest professional pleasures ever. Their creativity alone made the effort worthwhile, but what impressed me the most was their open, kind and supportive style. Being a neophyte to this kind of high tech endeavor, I often felt nervous and unsure of myself. Mike and Nina were always there to patiently and joyfully hold my hand and lead me through the processes or to the answer of my questions until I was comfortable with what I was doing. I am proud of my brand and tech platform and think they captured my intent and personality. I strongly believe that working with Inspirer will lead me to the success I have envisioned for this juncture in my career and will propel me to make an even larger contribution to a greater good than I could ever imagine. 

Guillermo Vidal

Author, Speaker, Blogger, Former Mayor of Denver

When I started collaborating with Inspirer, it didn’t take long to understand how they might be able to help. The professionalism and thoroughness of this process has helped create a presence that I am proud of. The Inspirer team are true ideation experts that I’m pleased to be aligned in this process. Alan Scheik

Head of Marketing, Americas, Cisco Capital

Working with the Inspirer team has been a game changer for me. From every single step along the way, I have been continuously blown away by the level of detail, professionalism, and also by the personal aspect of working with the Inspirer team. Working with Mike and Nina has renewed my belief in my business and the impact I know I can make in the lives of millions! They are top notch and I would work with them everyday of the week! Sandra Hanna

CEO, Smart Cookies

Inspirer has creative ideation & artistic abilities that are translated into tangible business assets that are incredibly valuable. They accomplish this from closely listening to your needs and walking you through their process. A joy to work with! Charles Smith

CEO, Former NBA Player & Olympian, Lifestyle Service Group

Mike has been an inspiration (the Inspirer name is not just a name!) to me and the team at Cloud Elements since our company was just an idea. He helped us mold it into a real product with a real message. He is one of the most creative and driven individuals I’ve ever worked with. Mark Geene

CEO, Cloud Elements

Mike is a mentor’s mentor. Having worked with him for over 5 years on Founders Institute companies, I’ve seen first hand the value he brings to others. His process for thinking through market opportunity is very powerful. Mike is an innovation & idea machine. Mike has a method for thinking about opportunity that never fails to find new approaches to business. He is not only a proven serial Entrepreneur but he has a methodology to make innovation a repeatable process. When I’m looking to do my next thing, Mike is on my short list of people to call. Mike can speak and is also a world class communicator. His keynote speech about his personal story is one of the best I have ever heard. Based on an analogy between being a “serial killer” and a “serial entrepreneur”, Mike was informative, entertaining, but mostly inspirational. Everyone in the room left feeling that they could go out and do amazing things. Mike has not only inspired me to be more innovative professionally, but he has inspired me to complete a 15 year + vision of running the Leadville Trail 100. Jim Franklin

Professor, Investor, Board Member

I’ve known Mike for years now, and he is consistently a totally original thinker. It’s not easy to approach all of the business world -- and indeed all of life -- as an iconoclast, but Mike has always done it, and always will. He approaches things that have been looked at by lots of people and is able to come up with a new take, and then will move mountains through pure hard work and tenacity to get to the solution.

Scott Yates

CEO, Blugmutt

Mike is one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever known. If you need ideas, he’s your man. If you need UI design thoughts, he’s your man. Now that I think about it, if you need any sort of help, he’s your man!

Brad Brown

Founder, Intellivideo

I was invited to a wine tasting at a winery in Switzerland all because of my wine blog. Thank you Mike and Nina for the inspiration and help in creating my blog and these opportunities through your ideation process and branding brilliance! Heather Lipp

Founder, Blogger,

Nina is an amazing professional. She goes above and beyond for her clients. Nina has such a good nature about her and can relate with people, giving them the best service possible. I would highly recommend her for any engagement. C.J. Foster

Sr. Account Executive, Informa Exhibitions

I really enjoy working with Nina. I’ve tried some different approaches over the years and worked with a few different companies along the way. Nina brings a different perspective and enthusiasm. I found her insider knowledge to be really helpful. Nina is fun, dedicated and truly wants to help people by offering value, in a manner that is different from what I’ve experienced before. Denise Ferrera

Technical Project Manager, Level 3 Communications

Mike’s been a mentor and an inspiration to many in the Denver/Boulder entrepreneurial community. He’s an exceptional entrepreneur and human being. What he’s creating via Inspirer is compelling for many different businesses.

Tom Higley

Founder, 10.10.10

I’ve had the honor or working with Mike at Founder Institute for several years. He’s an amazing mentor and an idea machine. I love the Inspirer concept. Mike himself is an incredible inspirer.

Denise Hulce Franklin

CEO, Kindara

I find Nina to be very pleasant and a needle in a haystack! You just don't come across many professionals like Nina, who demonstrate such a high level of transparency, which builds trusting business relationships. Nina provides accurate relevant information, always setting expectations and delivering on them. Nina would be an asset at any organization and I highly recommend her. Veronica Palacios

Sr. Manager, Global Trade Compliance, Celestica

Nina is an incredibly personable and ambitious individual. She truly is a "go-giver" and somebody I am more than comfortable recommending. Nina is great at helping people identify their objectives and setting a successful strategy in place. Professionally speaking, she is a truly valuable resource and somebody I hope more people have the honor of working with. Nina has my full endorsement in all that she does.

Matthew Harris

Author & Performance Coach, Relentless Forward Momentum

Mike is a big idea guy. He is always trying to look a few steps ahead and around the corner.

Michael Beaudoin


People like me are drawn to Inspirer because now there is a trusted platform where entrepreneurs can feel like they are cultivated. Mike & Nina are the ones for this job. They are tenacious, wicked smart, experienced, and have proven success. Most importantly, they are truly passionate about the idea of helping people and businesses. I couldn’t imagine a better and more hard-working couple to put Inspirer into the hands of every professional.

Krista Paul

VP Content Innovation, eBags

There are several reasons I would recommend Inspirer. They are visionary regarding product. They can spot trends and the confluence of several seemingly disparate trends. They're reliable, helpful, friendly, etc. But most interestingly (at least in my mind), is their ability to solve problems in a way that may not be obvious to even a seasoned practitioner. In my own case, they've given me several meaningful bits of advice in areas that I know intimately. It takes off-kilter observations to remind me to look at issues through several different perspectives.

Adam Swiecki


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