Young Inventors International Inc. (YII) is a not-for-profit organization that helps engineering and science university students develop skills and networks to bring new ideas to the market. Our 2,000 members hold almost 700 patents and 70% of the students are in the process of building a start-up venture. We provide our members with interactive online and offline events, connections to media exposure, and extensive networks.

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Our accomplishments include:

Five international conferences, including ones at MIT and Carnegie Mellon University, featuring speakers such as John Abele (founder of Boston Scientific), Regis McKenna, Dr. Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande (co-founder of Sycamore Networks), and Colin Angle (co-founder and CEO of iRobot) A special panel of our members at the Dow Jones Emerging Ventures Forum

Developing the BrainBuzzTM event - watch the video!

Members featured in, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Spectrum, Science Magazine Online, Boston Globe, MTV, National Public Radio, Inventors' Digest, Silicon Valley North, National Post and National Post Business Magazine, TVOntario, Toronto Star, and Glamour Magazine

Events supported by such technology leaders as Pratt & Whitney, MIT Technology Review, Xerox, Mitsubishi, and DuPont

Members who are winners of various competitions, such as the MIT Ideas Competition, competitors in the X-Prize

YII held its 5th Inventing the Future Conference on April 3rd and 4th, 2009 at Carnegie Mellon University. The event brought together more than 120 participants. Visit our blog to read about and see videos from the Conference.

Upcoming Podcasts
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  • Sunil Rajaraman, President and CEO of Scripped Inc.
  • Alex Matjanec, Co-founder of
  • Amos Winbush III, CEO, CyberSynchs
  • Ijad Madisch, MD, PhD and CEO of ResearchGATE
  • Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion
  • Jay Rodrigues, CEO and Founder of DormNoise

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YII has partnered with MIT's Innovations in International Health to run YII's BrainBuzzTM brainstorming and networking sessions at universities across North America

YII's president, Anne Swift is an Xconomist; read her new article "Sourcing the Right Crowd"

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