SCIF assists inventors with protecting, developing and commercializing their intellectual property through motivation, education, mentoring, a network of local service providers and national networking opportunities.
SCIF will contribute to South Carolina becoming known as an Innovation Hub here in the southeast. Economic development in the South Carolina region depends heavily on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship depends heavily on creativity and invention. By assisting inventors in leveraging their intellectual property and becoming more entrepreneurial, SCIF will play an important role in furthering South Carolina’s reputation as supporting clean technology creativity, launching quality businesses and creating good paying jobs. SCIF will become a recognized valued partner in South Carolina’s economic re-development.
SCIF is a non-profit member organization whose members comprise inventors, service providers and sponsors. Experienced inventors, service providers and invited guest speakers provide valuable information and insights both at monthly meetings and at one on one mentoring sessions regarding the process of invention and taking ideas to the marketplace. Topics included at these meetings and mentoring sessions include creativity, intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright and licensing), designing, developing and prototyping ideas, supply chain (domestic and offshore manufacturing), marketing, licensing, distribution and funding.
SCIF provides a networking environment that encourages inventors to learn from one another and to develop the skills necessary to take invention to the entrepreneurship level thus creating successful enterprises. SCIF is associated with Midlands Tech, the South Carolina based globally recognized organization that fosters entrepreneurship by catalyzing, accelerating and supporting the growth of the most promising local businesses.
SCIF is a member of the United Inventors Association (UIA) whose mission is to coordinate individual inventors and inventor associations for the purpose of advocating for their issues and interests at both the national and global level. In fulfilling its mission UIA serves as an advisor to both public and private sector entities.