The Institute of Inventors and Innovators (III) was established in South Africa in 1974 by Don Pilkington. He envisaged a society of inventors and thinkers cooperating with and supporting each other to solve technical, legal and financial challenges during the process of inventing and creating businesses. Through this association a number inventions were developed, patented and commercialized.
HERE AND NOW
With the ever accelerating rate of technological development and the ever diminishing window of opportunity for new inventions – the time frame and margin for error to get products to market is getting ever smaller. Development and commercialization efficiency is now paramount to the success of new inventions and technologies.
The Institute for Inventors and Innovators (III) was registered as a non-profit organization in 2010. The III assists and supports inventors to successfully commercialize their products. The main goal of the Institute is to provide a variety of services and resources that provides the inventor with cost effective guidance, information, support services, advice, networking opportunities and linkages to other support structures and service providers.
The Institute for Inventors and Innovators Resource Centre will be a central hub which will house a variety of information sources. It will provide an enabling environment for the inventor to fully understand the gaps in his/her specific pathway to the market and develop appropriate strategies, as well as providing advice on all aspects, from refining IP database searches to mechanisms to access funding. It will be primary operational site where various other projects will also be activated.
The III has much more work to do, to truly empower South African inventors and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to shape the innovation landscape of the country. That landscape is set to be diverse, vibrant and colorful.
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