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Design Council Spark

Design Council Spark

Do you want your invention to become the next big thing? Like millions of other hopefuls we bet you do, but achieving the support and financial backing to bring your invention to life is not easy. The Design Council have now launched The Design Council Spark, a product innovation fund and accelerator to discover the UK’s next great inventions. We know that markets are often the first place that designers, makers and inventors test their products,  so I Love Markets is reaching out to you.

Although lots of funds and accelerators which support technology exist there are few that support the production of psychical products which is why the Design Council have launched this fantastic opportunity which endeavors to bring the UK’s next great inventions to psychical form. If you have a brilliant solution to an everyday problem, the Design Council Spark will provide a 20 week bespoke support programme and up to £65k financial investment to help bring revolutionary physical products to market.

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” J.K Rowling

The not-for profit programme is unique. Participants will donate 5% of future sales revenue back into the fund, fuelling a movement of revolutionary products for the UK and beyond. The search for individuals or teams with revolutionary product ideas is on!

The call for entries is open now and until 31 January 2015. or products in development. This fund is UK focused and is open to anyone based in the UK who has a brilliant product idea that they want to bring to market. You might have a basic prototype, or a working product that you would like to commercialise. The Design Council Spark welcomes early stage ideas as well as working prototypes.

Your product prototype or idea should be primarily physical rather than digital, and will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Need and market – Does it meet a clear and compelling user or market need?
  • Technical feasibility  – Can it be developed to at least a working prototype within 20 weeks?
  • Business viability – Does the idea show strong promise for how it will generate financial value?

To see your invention come to life apply today and please do share this page with anyone else who may be inspired to apply.

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