San Diego Inventors Forum
July 2016

If you only attend one SDIF meeting this year, this month's should be the one! Thursday's meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn about the purpose, function and power of the results of focus groups. SDIF is honored to have Dr. Ed Balian of the Qstat Group  return as July's expert Speaker of the Month. 

Ed's team recently finished a study with California Product Developers for a simple product, a chopstick, invented and patented by one of our SDIF friends. We will analyze the study approach and answers we got with the chopsticks survey as a case study. I have personally witnessed three startups this month where the focus group is/was the crucial key and we'll discuss all three on Thursday. Seriously, this is one of the most important meetings of the year for inventors and startup entrepreneurs!  

Thanks so much to our presenters from last month, Dennis and Mary Lou Green, authors of Shark Pitch, How to Make a Retail Shark to Sit Up and Beg to Buy Your Product 
Learn more on their website

Thursday, July 14
Doors open at 6:30 for Networking
Conference Center at AMN HealthCare, 12400 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA 92130
Meeting starts at 7:00  

$10 fee includes a snack and drink (correct change appreciated!)

SDIF is a fabulous resource for inventors, and it just wouldn't be possible without our sponsors. These are people who are often inventors themselves who provide services to our members. Please check them out below.

SDIF - The Place to Be
SDIF monthly meetings are the ideal place to get help on all aspects of inventing as well as make new contacts. Unlike other inventors' organizations, we have no costly annual dues or membership requirements. All you need is a desire to learn about the world of inventing and to network with like-minded people. Whether you're an inventor or a service provider to inventors, SDIF is the place to be the second Thursday of each month!

Coming August 11 - Our Annual Invention Contest - Enter Now!
Will your invention be one of the select few at this year's SDIF 2016 Invention Contest? On August 11, we'll be voting on the best of the best in two categories:  Consumer Products and Technological Innovations.

Once again, Coleman University has agreed to host this event.  For all the scoop, please read the Invention Contest Announcement and to enter, fill out and return the Contest Entry Form. 

Most Innovative New Product - A CONNECT Event
CONNECT is now accepting submissions for its signature event, The Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Awards. This event is held annually in December to honor the celebrities of innovation along with groundbreaking new products that have launched within the past two years.

CONNECT has expanded the eligibility requirements and innovation categories for 2016. Read the full details at and nomminate your product (or a friend's) today!

Edison Nation Seeking Inventors

Have that idea that you have always wanted to pursue and see if you could get it to market?
Let Edison Nation show you what they can offer in support. All SDIF members need to do is go to, create a standard free account and then send an e-mail to
XPRIZE Competition Now Accepting Applicants
XPRIZE is pleased to announce the registration for the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, a global competition demonstrating how humans can collaborate with powerful cognitive technologies to tackle some of the world's grand challenges.

If you are interested in creating or joining a team, please visit their competition portal.
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Sponsors & Inventor Stories Wanted
SDIF Sponsors wanted!!!
-Platinum Sponsors - $2500-On banner and introduced at contest, Speaker of the Month, post in newsletter, website, and on monthly Agenda

-Gold - $1000- Speaker of the Month, post in newsletter, website and monthly agenda

-Silver -$500 - post in newsletter, website and monthly Agenda

-Bronze -$100 - post in newsletter & website

Nationwide webinars are planned!  Stay tuned for more information.

SDIF needs stories about and by inventors! We are calling for volunteers to help gather and write stories or folks to send theirs.  Contact Adrian if you're interested. 

Send us yours or Become an "Inventor of the Month"!

Time onstage (10 minutes) to pitch your product and get feedback.

Help motivate other inventors, come tell your story!

SDIF Memberships
SDIF now has memberships.  Regulars can pay $10 monthly at the desk or become members. One year for $100.

Membership Benefits

Discount 2 months off regular price

Monthly admission to local meetings

Subscription to Monthly Newsletter

Free Webinar & new videos link

1 free listing for Members New Product Showcase

2 Seats at the 2016 Contest
Newsletter Help Desperately Needed
Judith Balian has been doing our newsletters for years, but her busy schedule makes it impossible for her to do them after August. Can you help?

In addition to our regular monthly newsletters, we often have special announcements and need help getting those posted. You will be added as a Contributor and mentioned at meetings' end when we thank everyone who helps. 


Writing ability

An eye for design (fonts, sizing, etc.)

Knowledge of Constant Contact would be a plus (but we have the template)

A little knowledge of HTML would be helpful 

Training provided.   
Please email Adrian or Judith Balian if you are interested.  

Wishing you an inventive day and hoping to see you on Thursday!         

Adrian Pelkus  


Adrian Pelkus, Chairman

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Resources for Inventors
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The mission of the San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network is to provide superior business consulting and education that results in entrepreneurial success and economic growth and prosperity for California. Over the last five years the network has assisted more than 12,000 business owners raise capital, increase revenue and create jobs. Under the guidance of professional consultants, our clients have generated more than $41 million in capital infusion into the local economy.

Consulting is complimentary to businesses that are ready to grow and is available in a private setting at one of four centers and six outreach locations. The SBDC offers guidance on how to reduce the cost of operations, increase sales and market share, financing, money management, exporting internationally, marketing and online marketing, patent and technology commercialization, and market research. To learn more about these valuable resources, visit their website or contact Carol Wiley at 619.216.6690 or 

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SDIF is a member of the United Inventors Association is the Inventor Industry's national membership foundation dedicated to inventor education and support.  Learn more...


CONNECT Springboard offers free guidance and development to life sciences, clean-tech, high tech and consumer product companies in all stages of development, ranging from concept, technology transfer to start-up. Contact: Steve Hoey, Director, Springboard Program & Innovation Research at or by phone at 858.964-1308   Learn more...

SCORE can help you start a new business or improve your present business. For more information about the SCORE San Diego's free small business counseling and the low-cost workshop series, call 619.557.7272 or visit their website

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