I have 25 years of experience in all facets of the product lifecycle in a multitude of categories. What makes my background unique is that I have actual work experience in every stage of the process. I have experience at the factory level in purchasing, materials management, quality, and production management as well as experience at the leadership level in strategic sourcing, product development, and quality assurance. I also have experience at the retail level in product development, sourcing, assortment and product strategy, and retail financial analysis. My experience across multiple industries includes work in 23 countries. I have experience in a multitude of categories, both electric and non-electric.
I've had experience in the full product development cycle with several companies of varying sizes. In order to get early funding, you need to prove that the concept works, with some information about what it will look like. A working prototype is different than an aesthetic model, and will require more capabilities from your prototype supplier. There are companies out there that specialize on the "one off" type of solution. I would actually look at a 3D model for aesthetic purposes and then go with a very stripped down working prototype to save money and time. Let me know if you would like to discuss further.