‘Embrace Failure’ – James Dyson

Sir James Dyson discusses prototyping, failure and patents

In a recent interview on Radio 2’s breakfast show, British inventor Sir James Dyson talks about why he sees failure as something exciting which should be embraced. He also answers questions on whether he’s ever invented something in a dream, how many patents they hold and whether he uses his own hairdryers…

It a great, short interview – well worth a listen on the Radio Two website. 

£50,000 Inventor Prize

Got an idea for a product that could improve people’s lives?

Calling all inventors, entrepreneurs, shed-tinkerers, DIYers or life-hackers – if you have an idea for a product which could help improve people’s lives, the Inventor Prize could be for you!

Nesta are launching the prize in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The prize aims to inspire and harness the potential of the UK’s home-grown inventors and stimulate user-led innovation. The prize will support individuals and small organisations to take their innovative products from idea to market.

The deadline for applications is the 22nd of October 2017.  In November, a panel of judges will select 10 finalists to receive £5,000 as well as bespoke mentoring to develop their product. Then the overall winner will be announced in September next year, winning £50,000 to make their dream a reality.

To find out more and enter the competition visit the Inventor Prize website.

ICURe Innovation-to-Commercialisation Programme

Up to £50k for university researchers with commercially-promising ideas

ICURe is a collaboration of the SETsquared Partnership, Innovate UK and BEIS, which has been designed to help move ideas and innovation out of universities and into the marketplace, where they will have the greatest impact.

ICURe will fund teams to determine whether there is a market for products or services that utilise their research, and then, where there is evidence of market demand, licence or spin-out the research into a company.

The programme will accept applications for teams based at UK universities consisting of a Junior (early career) Researcher, Senior Researcher (Principal Investigator) and a Business Adviser.

Cohort 9 application deadline: 24th April 2017

For further details on the programme and application, please visit the setsquared webpages. 

Design Council Spark

‘Turning bright ideas into products’

Design Council Spark is a programme of support and funding designed to help you successfully turn your bright idea into a commercial product.

Up to 15 finalists will be selected for the programme in March, following a selection process which includes a two day design camp for those shortlisted. The programme then runs for 16 weeks and involves the provision of specialist expertise and mentoring. Those accepted onto the programme will receive an initial sum of £15,000 to help develop their product and they will also be given the opportunity to pitch for a further share of £200,000.

Following the programme, finalists will receive lifelong membership to the Design Council Spark alumni network and access to the Design Council’s extensive community.

The deadline for applications is the 10th of January 2017 – for more information and to submit an application visit their website here.