What is it about?
A Pitch-it-to-the-Panel™ meeting (unique in this particular format) is an opportunity for any creative person with an invention idea or product to speak to a knowledgeable and highly qualified group of experienced professionals to help guide them. They’re serious about the job at hand even though they are friendly and welcoming!
Members of the PITTP™ panel vary, but sessions generally involve a variety of expertise tailor-made for the presenters. Not all Panelists serve on any one day.
Attending a Pitch-it-to-the-Panel™ meeting saves an inventor/innovator a lot of time, wasted effort and money. Once an idea is presented, the Panel discusses all aspects with the inventor. The invaluable advice, guidance and direction given to inventors makes it easier for them to decide what to do next.
Cost to Attend?
The current cost is R625,00. The Pitch-it-to-the-Panel™ service is only available to members so you need to be a member or become a member before you can book a ‘Pitch-It’ place. It is possible to become a member and book for PITTP™ at the same time, just follow the website prompts.
How is it confidential?
Before you discuss your invention concept or product with the Panel, you are provided with a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) which is signed by all present a the Pitch it to the Panel™ session.
In this way your idea is protected.
Who are the Panelists?
The Panel is made up of experts, subject specialists, inventors and professionals and varies for any one session of PITTP™
The following fields are represented on the Panel:
Patent Attorney/s, Industrial Designers, Engineers (Mechanical and Electrical plus) Electronics specialists, Product Developers and Designers, an Agriculturalist, Horticulturist and Environmentalist, Funding Advisors, an Education and Training specialist; Marketing, Sales and Branding professional, an Actuary, a Licensing Consultant, Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, and a real DIY guy.
- Bank: Standard bank
- Branch code: 4305
- Account holder: The Institute of Inventors and Innovators
- Account number: 004780205
- Account type: Current
- Reference: PITTP and your full name.
- Please add a cash deposit fee as necessary
- Send: Proof of payment to secure your seat.
SUPPORT US. SUPPORT OTHERS. SUPPORT SOUTH AFRICAN INNOVATION.
Pitch-it-to-the-Panel™ is a premium service for Members only
Our virtual Pitch-it-to-the-Panel™ sessions are now held using Zoom and have proven to be most successful. Some people miss the face-to-face versions but these virtual sessions are likely to remain in place because they allow anybody from anywhere in South Africa or the world to access the services of our varied and specialist panel of experts. Pitch-it-to-the-Panel™ from the III is something quite unique in this particular format.
PLEASE NOTE the next PITTP™ meeting has been set for
Saturday 18th September 2021
Book and secure your place now
Places are limited for each session
The III Inventors Club
Join us on September 1st, 8th and 15th – Interesting things are happening!
1st of September: KIDSClub!
Inventing and Innovation amongst the youth is so important for our future. This is the place to come to where your ideas and questions are welcome! Hear more about the WhyToyz/RAPDASA 3D competition and other exciting initiatives available for young inventors.
8th of September: Eureka!MEET
Hear an Inventor’s story when Switzerland-based Aaron McGill of Yarykidz tells us his story and shares what he would not do again, what he should have done instead, what he will always do and how he is still learning about Inventing!
15th of September CLUBNight!
New York-based Jake Mendelssohn, Director of Invent Future Global will share exciting news and videos about cross-cultural opportunities for young minds at work.
What is the Inventors Club?
The III Inventors Club was created for many reasons, and all of them with YOU in mind.
The Club was established recently and is the only Club of its kind for Inventors in Southern Africa. It just made sense to establish such a gathering place for Inventors because the Institute needed online platform to reach a much wider audience, one of their goals. Joining the Club is FREE and has proven to be a very effective means to access the online Southern African community The III Inventors Club is building its followers and getting some international visitors too – great news!
The III Inventors Club uses the MEETUP platform via Zoom and meets the first 3 Wednesdays of the month from 17h30-18h30 SAST. This offers a real and practical opportunity to speak to inventors and a creative people more often, to answer how-to invention questions, to meet and listen to the excellent advice from special guest presenters, to cover exciting and useful topics and to help members to improve skills when it comes to turning invention ideas into a marketable products.
Below is the standard link to ALL Club meetings
To get to the Zoom room, CLICK the button below:
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Each week has a theme:
The KIDS Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month. Hosted by III Exco member and Panelist Petra Rees of WhyToyz, these events are tailored towards the inventors of tomorrow, Kids aged 7-18. With fun and interactive group sessions, all are encouraged to make what they imagine, because we learn by doing. There are competitions, research projects and friendly workshop style discussions, and opportunities for all to present inventions and ideas. Good stuff.
Eureka!MEET takes place every second Wednesday of the month, is a public meeting, open to all. Most usually specially invited guests and presenters talk about current topics of interest relevant to all stages of taking and invention idea to market. The process of inventing is a complicated one and Eureka!MEET is geared to making this journey easier for Inventors.
Club Night is held every third Wednesday of the month, and these sessions are interactive and discursive. Inventors, innovators and other creatives get to learn about various topics around ‘inventing skills’ and these can include licensing, earning royalties on inventions, liaison with agents and Inventor representatives, workshop style discussions and listening to invited guests with inventor stories and skills to share.
It is free to join MeetUp which means that you will get your reminders and notices about future events.
Everyone is welcome at every meeting, though from next year, January 2022, Club Nights will be for paid-up members of the Institute only. Would you want to join or upgrade your membership? It will make sense to do so, because a once off payment gets you LIFETIME membership and access to all III members-only services.
Club Night will only be available to paid-up members only as from January 2022.
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You will find the links to our monthly newsletter Eureka!NEWS under NEWS. These news briefs are colourful, have bits and bytes so that you can share the reading with everything else you have to do, but they are also short enough to scroll through and read all in one shot!
Don’t be worried about the dates … the material is likely to remain interesting and useful for a long time to come. While you are looking for NEWS, you’ll note links to other interesting and topical articles gleaned off the internet for your information as well as a lot of ARTICLES which cover a wide variety of subjects to keep you thinking!
Eureka!NEWS will become a Blog as from January 2022.
And there’s more…
There are several new services currently under development so keep coming back to see when they will be available.
These include assistance with protecting your Intellectual Property and Provisional Patent Applications (PPA), Patent and Prior art searches, Resources and Service Providers listings and ‘How to’ and ‘About’ webinars or similar.
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