Alamo Inventors, San Antonio, Texas

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Once a month, we have a meeting with a presentation about something invention related. Sometimes it's the creative part, like how someone came up with an idea. Sometimes it's the legal parts, like protection, patents, trademark, & licensing. Manufacturing comes up a lot, and so does marketing. We always enjoy our speakers, and we always learn from them. Questions are always encouraged, and our speakers share insights you can't get anywhere else. Before the meeting, you can visit with other inventors. New faces are always welcome, and if you have questions about invention or patents or marketing or ... there are usually members who can help guide you.
Meeting Date
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024 (Register Here)
6PM CST, usually until 8PM or so. This meeting is online, on Zoom

Presentation: Transforming Space Technology Into Commercial Products

Guest Speaker: Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell, Program Manager for the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP), will speak on how this State of Texas-funded program can be of assistance to independent inventors, small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs located across the state. SATOP aims to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs with the goal of creating new jobs, new products for the market, capital investment, and facility expansion. Mark will also present examples of how SATOP has provided key engineering, scientific and technological assistance to inventors which in-turn played a major role in helping their products become successful.

For inventors who require solutions such as material recommendations, assembly/production processes, structural analysis, and much more, SATOP offers up to 40 FREE hours of technical assistance from our volunteer engineers. This is made possible through our Alliance Partners that consist of the NASA Johnson Space Center, aerospace companies and educational institutions.

For inventors who require extensive technical assistance, SATOP through its partnership with the Texas A&M University's Engineering Capstone Design Program, can submit viable projects for small businesses into the Capstone Program to receive design solutions and academic prototypes, at NO COST to the small business. Your invention or product, regardless of which program applies to you, does not have to be high tech or space related in order to receive FREE technical assistance.

SATOP stands ready to empower small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs throughout Texas by providing invaluable FREE technical assistance.

For more information, explore our Success Story page on our website at for a comprehensive showcase of the positive impact we have had on small businesses and their ventures.

A few real-world examples of ways SATOP has helped small business owners and entrepreneurs includes:

Innovative Escalating Stepladder – GRA Ventures, a small business located in Houston, TX, approached SATOP with design concepts for an escalating stepladder intended to help those with mobility impairments. Director of SATOP, Bob Payne, matched them with Texas A&M University's Capstone Design Program to refine the design of the escalating stepladder and develop an academic prototype. A team of four senior engineering students under the guidance of a professor of practice spent two consecutive semesters designing and developing the motorized stepladder for GRA Ventures.

Medical Device for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Markus Ai LLC, a startup in Fort Bend County, TX, has developed a wearable device named Markus that is designed to assist both autistic people and their guardians/caregivers. With the assistance of Markus, a user's heartrate, location, environmental temperature, and stimuli can all be tracked with their wearable technology embedded with AI. CEO Alexander Duvall reached out to SATOP through our website's “Submit a Request” page, to receive assistance with the design, including implementing a rechargeable battery into the AI-embedded software. SATOP Director, Bob Payne, matched Duvall with the Texas A&M University's Capstone Design Program, where two teams of senior engineering students developed hardware, developed a printed circuit board, and optimized the AI algorithm.

Protective Cart Handle Cover – Inventor Ramona Williams is developing a disposable and biodegradable cart handle cover for use in medical facilities and retail stores to mitigate the spread of viruses and bacteria. Williams submitted a request for technical assistance to SATOP, because she needed a recommendation for a thin plastic material that would be biodegradable, readily available, and cost-effective. SATOP matched Williams with Alliance Partner engineer Dr. Yu-Ping Tang, a retired New Mexico State University professor. Dr. Tang's research resulted in the identification of a biodegradable plastic film that would act as a barrier for pathogens.

AirCurler – The AirCurler is a user-friendly hair-care product that brings the salon-look home. Early prototypes were somewhat successful but did not produce the tight curl desired. AirCurler asked SATOP for help in determining how the shape of the air chamber affects the tightness of the curl. SATOP matched the small business with a NASA Johnson Space Center engineer who evaluated the design and provided AirCurler with testing parameters on how to find the optimal curl.

Guests are welcome.


We usually meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Meeting Location
ONLINE unless otherwise indicated

2024 Meeting Dates
Wednesday, January 10
Wednesday, February 14
Wednesday, March 13
Wednesday, April 10
Wednesday, May 8
Wednesday, June 12
Wednesday, July 10
Wednesday, August 14
Wednesday, September 11
Wednesday, October 9
Wednesday, November 13
Wednesday, December 11

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Alamo Inventors, Inc is a 501(c)3 not for profit Texas corporation. Membership and donations are used to fund our modest operational costs.

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About Us

Alamo Inventors was founded in 2000 and welcomes members and guests to join in with like-minded people from around the area in achieving success in your inventions.

Each month we have meetings to collaborate, interact, inform, and learn about inventing, marketing, manufacturing, protecting, and learning how to succeed with inventions. The mission of the Alamo Inventors is to be a compass, resource and inspiration for inventors and entrepreneurs as they launch their concepts to market.

What We Do
We provide monthly meetings where members can meet and discuss their ideas, problems and solutions, talk with community resource members, and hear guest speakers talk about their real world experiences.

This provides a forum where this information may be shared and discussed to expand and educate the membership of the group.

Additional on-line resources are available to help direct the inventor and entrepreneur to the local and national organizations to help them as their ideas progress from concept to market.

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