Houston Inventors Association
"Inventors Helping Inventors"
We meet on the 2ND Wednesday of each month, except December there are no meetings. Meetings are held in Bellaire at the Bayland Community Center, (in Bayland Park) 6400 Bissonnet, one block west of Hillcroft. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. We have networking before and after the speakers (as time permits), so you are invited to come early. Admission is free for members and $10.00 for non-members. Annual dues for HIA membership are $50.00, and is pro rated for new first-time members. Everyone with an interest in new technology is cordially invited to join and learn more about inventing.
Since our beginning in 1983, HIA has become one of the strongest voices in America for the independent inventor, but we also include academic and corporate innovators. Our motto, "Inventors Helping Inventors", expresses our purpose, which we accomplish by sharing our experience in technical areas and our first-hand knowledge of the difficulties in getting from raw idea to marketable product.
Expert speakers at our monthly meetings share their success stories, give briefings on important technical areas, such as patent fundamentals, building prototypes, marketing, licensing, product pricing, injection molding, 3D printing, marketing, etc., and share tips for making money from innovation. We also can allocate time at meetings for members to present their invention to the membership and do some market testing and obtain valuable feedback and suggestions for product improvements, pricing, marketing, distribution, etc.
HIA holds a special small group "Confidential Meeting" the 3rd Wednesday each month for members only where everyone signs a non-disclosure agreement and members can discuss their product/concept openly and receive help and advice on the next steps of pursuing their idea, concept or design.
We do our best to protect our members from the multifarious scams targeted at them by companies that charge an up-front fee for worthless invention development services.
Chief among all of the benefits of membership is conversation with some of the most interesting, well-informed, and positive people in Houston, who are at the frontier of emerging technologies.
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