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The Young Inventors Showcase (YIS) is now in its 26th
year. It currently is hosted by about 25 schools in the Houston/Gulf Coast area. The finals this year will be at the Wolff Center of Entrepreneurship at the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston on the third Saturday in May.
I started up the Houston Inventors Association (HIA) in 1983, as a result of a conference I put together at the University of Houston's Hilton Hotel to promote the newly passed Small Business Innovations Research Act. Members of the HIA started up the YIS in 1988, and I adopted it a few years later. In 1999, I formally took over the ownership of the YIS, and in 2002, I placed it in the ownership of a 50.c.3 non-profit that I formed, called the Young Inventors Association of America, Inc.
In 2005, the Children's Museum of Houston (CMH) took over operating management of YIS. Under their management, YIS grew from an average annual participation rate of around 100 kids to over 2,000 participants.
This year, CMH handed YIS back to me. We are proud to state that we have 100% renewal rate on participating schools and will meet or exceed the 2,000 participant level.
We are also proud to state that we have secured hosting of the finals on Mayr 24,2014 from the Wolff Center of Entrepreneurship at the Bauer