About Us

Young Inventor International's mission is to work with leading universities, organizations, and entrepreneurs around the world to educate student inventors and entrepreneurs on how to create new ventures and social enterprises, build intellectual property portfolios, and acquire transferable professional skills. With more than 2,000 members who own almost 700 patented and patent-pending technologies, YII is the leading not-for-profit organization providing a comprehensive network for education and skill training specifically for student innovators and entrepreneurs in North America.

YII was founded by Anne Swift, who was in her second year of undergraduate studies at the time. The organization grew quickly under Anne's leadership and Anne's work has been widely recognized, including by Glamour Magazine, which named Anne one of the Top Ten College Women who will change the world. Read more about Anne.

YII's resources include topics of relevance to inventors and entrepreneurs, including intellectual property protection, market analysis, raising funding, developing business plans, building teams, prototyping and design, manufacturing and production, marketing and distribution, and building boards of advisors and directors.

Committee of Champions

Young Inventors International is proud to be supported by leading innovators who have joined Young Inventor's Committee of Champions and support the organization's mission: