A SPONSORSHIP APPEAL FROM
The Institute of Inventors and Innovators (est. 1974)

Ken Hawksworth - Chairman III
C. Eng, M I Mech.E, MCMI

Invention and Innovation are an essential part of life –
please help us by supporting our cause.

With your assistance the III has served South Africa well and in the spirit of innovation, continues promoting and supporting any form of creative thinking. As a registered NPC (non-profit company) the Institute seeks sponsorship and funding in order to continue to perform its work in South Africa. With your help we could fund the several projects and member services as well as keep up to date with modern invention practices.

We seek strategic partners (and other interested parties) who can help us to achieve our goals and continue to perform our work in Southern Africa. Further, we establish credibility and trust with sponsors and pledges by providing frequent updates and progress reports to funders and sponsors. In this way all parties are able to track the results of what they invest in.”

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SPONSORSHIP:

Your sponsorship will assist us to run the Institute. As a registered non–profit company we rely on the help of our membership and public so that we may continue to serve and upgrade our service offerings to the inventing community at large. All funds received will be added to others so that we can offer more to our members. The III wishes to serve in the following ways – though our list is not finite.

  • Develop an ‘in-house’ virtual education and training course which covers The Invention process from ideation to market launch;

  • Establish a Bursary Fund for approved study and practical skills development,

  • Set up a Mentorship programme to nurture young inventors;

  • Webinars and YouTube training videos to suit South African business needs,

  • A 2-day Hybrid Training and Educational Conference,

  • How-to Workshops including materials at designated Makers’ Spaces, Competitions to promote Invention and Innovations in Southern Africa, General promotion of Invention-brand South Africa and her participation in the international arena.

We find ourselves in a catch-22 situation – we need your support.

PLEDGES and how it WORKS:

You decide on the amount of your pledge. The III administers the required documentation while the money stays in your bank. With a pledge, you promise to pay, on demand from the Institute, a certain amount to be used for individual inventors. The III endorses an applicant inventor and after an exacting application and award process, you deduct an agreed amount requested from your pledge and pay this directly to the inventor. You maintain control over your funds. Pledges can be anything from R2000 to R50 000 with figures above R3 000 being paid out in tranches most usually on different occasions and to different candidates over time. The whole process is monitored by the Institute and the Pledge party can request a detailed report to see how money is used at any time.

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THERE IS NO FUNDING FOR START-OUT INVENTORS IN SOUTH AFRICA…

The sad truth is that everyday people who have really good ideas fall by the wayside because they just don’t have the means to get from A to Z. Start-ups who need seed money to get going have a torrid time! Beyond family and friends (!) there’s no funding available. The risk is too high (sensibly so) but that doesn’t mean the need diminishes in any way. From Angel Investors to small business loans to the many government funding programmes available, the rules of obtaining funds include the musts of applying with in-depth business plans and turnover figures for the first 6-18 months of trade. IDEA INVENTORS haven’t got there YET … so these avenues are closed to them.

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    WHATEVER YOU SEE WAS INVENTED

    BY SOMEONE…

    … from a gemclip to a space rocket! If you’re in your home/office no doubt you can see many things including a computer, a pencil, a combination printer-fax-copier-scanner; a wall clock and a myriad of other things including a lovely view if you are lucky.

    If you’re in the park reading or jogging, or ice-skating, or walking out of the bakery with your Latte and cinnamon bun, you are enjoying someone’s invention. If you are driving on the highway or swimming at the beach or in an aircraft or … okay you get the message – all the time people everywhere are doing anything and everything which has been ‘made easy’ by the invention.

    CREATIVE AND ENQUIRING MINDS SOLVE PROBLEMS ALL THE TIME…

    … or how to do, make or process something. Someone else might then improve on an original idea and produce a better solution, and yet another might discover penicillin or rooibos tea…
    things which we now take for granted.

    As you can imagine, the journey an inventor takes goes far beyond a ‘good idea’. It’s a journey fraught with challenges and obstacles and one that certainly needs self-determination and perseverance to get to the end.

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    INVENTING IS ONE THING BUT GETTING IT TO MARKET ANOTHER…

    Invention is an expensive exercise, it costs a lot of money to bring something to market. It’s not easy to be an inventor and it requires all sorts of different skills to get ‘there’. From research and ‘testing’ to protecting intellectual property, prototyping and product development up to launch and beyond.

    We thank you for any and all support you can provide.

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