Cobalt Idea Development FAQ for Creators

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What is Cobalt?

Cobalt is a platform for creators, entrepreneurs, and inventors of all sizes to launch their own products – all from one platform.

How does Cobalt work?

Create a free Cobalt account to explore the marketplace, where you can find and source designers, engineers, and manufacturers to help you launch your product.

How much does Cobalt cost?

It’s free to create a Cobalt account and explore the marketplace. You pay your vendors direclty from Cobalt plus a 10% fee on each transaction.

How do I sign up?

Signing up is easy – all you need is an email and password to get started. Once your account is created, Cobalt tools and access to our Expert community are free to you. You can sign up at

Is Cobalt a funding platform?

No, Cobalt is a marketplace. Create a free account to explore the marketplace.

Can I develop more than one idea at a time?

Yes! Develop as many products as you want.

What if I need help?

If you need help, we highly recommend schedule a 1:1 consultation with an Expert. You can even select someone from the Cobalt team if you wish.

What kind of products are developed on Cobalt?

Cobalt makes it easy to develop products in the following categories:
Toys + Baby
Sports + Outdoor
Health + Fitness
Fashion + Wearables
Food + Beverages
Travel + Transportation
Beauty + Selfcare

Does Cobalt store my credit card information?

Cobalt uses Stripe (a third-party platform) to manage and store your personal information. Your card on file makes in-app purchases easy. You are never charged until the Expert you hired delivers all work.

What's the story behind the name Cobalt?

Cobalt is a transition metal. As such, when the element is paired with other elements, Cobalt acts as a catalyst and unlocks the creation of new materials. At Cobalt, we believe in order for ideas to develop they need a catalyst – and created the Cobalt platform to do exactly that.

What if I already have a product design?

First off, nice work! You’re ahead of the game. If you already have a product design you can start sourcing manufacturers in the Source Manudacturing tab.

How do I get a refund?

At Cobalt, we pride ourselves on the quality of our Experts. They are highly vetted. If you are unhappy with work completed by an Expert and want a refund, you must provide proof of all communications that very clearly shows that the Expert didn’t meet clearly stated expectations. To submit a request for a refund, email

It’s important to remember that creative work is inherently subjective and Cobalt reserves the right to decide whether or not a refund is fair. Before requesting a refund, we highly recommend that you constructively communicate with the Expert that you are unhappy with the work so that revisions can be made. If you can’t get to a solution, ask yourself “”did the Expert do what was asked of them?”” and if the answer is no, you can request a refund approval process.