Innovation and creativity are essential to grow our economy. The Minnesota Inventors Congress™, (MIC) a non-profit corporation that has been assisting thousands of independent inventors throughout the United States for 56 years, recently received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to continue and expand services to aspiring inventors. The grant allows the MIC to improve its services for inventors.
“Meeting the needs of the independent inventor is the primary goal of the MIC,” said MIC Program Director Deb Hess. Exhibitor demand for an urban event has been persistent and strong.
Inventors have been asking for a larger test market opportunity with increased exposure to industry experts. Thus, the 2014 Invention and Idea Show™ is going to be held in the Twin Cities metro area.
The MIC is looking to partner with sponsors for the annual event, with plans to hold it in Spring 2014.
“The MIC board of directors is deeply appreciative of the many decades of loyal support from the Redwood Falls community and area businesses. We couldn't have survived this long without your help and we want you to know that we are not forgetting about you as we pursue this new adventure”, stated MIC President Kirby Josephson.
Inventors have also been asking for tools to help navigate the new product development process. To better ac-complish this, a new case management process is going to be implemented over the next two years.
The year round office, known as the Inventors Resource Center™, located in Redwood Falls, re-mains available for one-on-one counseling, said Josephson.
The change in 2013 from the traditional time frame of holding the annual event the second weekend in June to the month of April allowed for greater opportunity for school’s to participate.
Moving the event to April allowed for greater participation by student inventors and less conflict with exhibitor schedules.
Since 1958 the purpose of this annual expo has been to help manufacturers find new products, knowing that new products lead to new markets that in turn create jobs.
With that objective in mind, this next year is going to be filled with exciting changes for this historic organization as the MIC continues to support aspiring inventors. Learn more at www.minnesotainvestorscongress.org.