up to £10,000 AVAILABLE
TO PAY FOR SPECIALIST ADVICE
to help you research and develop a new product or service
How we can help?
• Grants of up to £10,000 at (40% intervention)
• Your own personal business advisor to help develop your business
• Ongoing support
• Suite of innovation workshops
• Access to information on additional funding
• Collaboration between researchers and companies
• Specialist intensive assistance (Market or Product Research, IPR Fees, Design and Prototyping, ICT and Finance)
• Generate ideas for new or improved products and services
“focusing on collaborations which are about transferring good ideas, research results and skills between the knowledge base and business to enable innovative new products and services to be developed”
The winner of the Grand Prize will get:
• A cash prize of €10,000
• 20 hours of mentoring by an expert in the sector they operate in
• Promotion by EBN following Congress with a news story and exposure as “Entrepreneur of the month”
• + other prizes being negotiated with sponsors
And of course there is the possibility, but no guarantee, of investment or business deals with the assembled juries and Congress participants.
There are four Runners-up Prizes for the best pitch in the four pitching sessions.
Runners up receive a cash prize of €1,000 and will be promoted by EBN as “Entrepreneur of the month” in the months following Congress.
From the 4 winning runners-up there will be a final pick for the Grand Prize.
The James Dyson Award is open to current university students of engineering, product design and industrial design – and those who have graduated in these subjects in the last four years.
The final 20 entries are reviewed in detail by James Dyson himself. Selecting his favourites, they are then scrutinised by Dyson’s intellectual property team for any legal infringements (e.g. on third party patents).
Armed with this information, James hand-selects the winner of the grand prize, plus up to two runners-up.
In anticipation of World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April I thought I would share with you some information I gained from the British Library Newsletter of the details of the first ever UK Numbered Patent – No 1.
This was granted to Aron Rathburne and Roger Burges and was for engraving and printing maps. The patent lasted for 14 years giving the rights holders the opportunity to train two generations of apprentices in the relevant art. Patents nowadays last 20 years!
Although this patent was the first numbered British patent it was not the earliest patent ever granted. The earliest of all known patent grants was a grant of King Henry III of England (also ruler of the whole of western France) confirming a grant by the Mayor of Bordeaux to a citizen of Bordeaux for the manufacture of “cloths in many divers colours after the manner of the Flemmings”.
Staffordshire is renowned for being the home of the first ever Trade Mark which was granted to Bass Brewers for their Red Triangle on 1 January 1876. Legend has it that a Bass employee queued overnight outside the registrar’s office on New Year’s Eve in order to be the first in line to register a trade mark the next morning.
The world of Intellectual Property can be complicated but it is also an interesting one and the Business Innovation Centre is pleased that the Intellectual Property Office who grant these patents and trade marks will be coming to Staffordshire on 14 June 2018 to share their knowledge and understanding of Intellectual Property Rights including Patents and Trade Marks and many more.
To attend this event which is free of charge to Staffordshire businesses you can book on-line at What IP Do You Own or contact the BIC directly
Congratulations to all the winners at the Young Enterprise Awards which took place at the World of Wedgwood Centre in Barlaston on 20 March 2018.
Special congratulations go to Numero from St John Fisher College in Newcastle under Lyme for winning the BIC Sponsored Innovation Award with their Key Stage 3 Mathematics Interactive learning package.
The team are seen here collecting their Award from Sandra Butterworth, Director of Innovation at the BIC who thoroughly enjoyed the evening and wishes Numero good luck in the West Midlands Regional finals.
The event which the BIC has been sponsoring for nearly 20 years was held at the Kings Hall in Stoke and the BIC table which included five guests had a wonderful evening. Many BIC clients were shortlisted for various awards and BIC staff were over the moon to hear that Click Dealer, a long time BIC client had won their Innovation Award.
Gerry Moxham from Click Dealer is seen here collecting his award from Andrew Briggs – Chairman of the Business Innovation Centre.
If you’re looking to set up a new B2B business and would like some practical one to one advice, give the BIC a ring on 01782 333798 – I’m sure we can help with IT, Finance, Marketing advice etc An hour of our time could save you a lot of time and expense.
Innovate UK are currently running an OPEN competition to to find game changing or disruptive innovations to impact on the UK economy – this means they will consider ideas from ANY sectors and is not restricted to their main priorities – it is open until 28 February 2018.
Total eligible project costs must be between £25,000 and £1,000,000 and should last between 6 and 36 months. Grants can be up to 70% of the total expenditure.
As a Member of an Innovation Management Group I often find interesting articles and concepts which I share to encourage Innovation in the region.
I read this morning an article by Michael Michalko, an internationally acclaimed creative thinking expert where he considered Thomas Edison’s belief that Adaptation is a form of Innovation when he said:
“Make it a habit to keep on the lookout for novel and interesting ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea needs to be original only in its adaptation to the problem you are working on – Adaptation is a common and inescapable practice in creativity.”
As a small business, to find innovations for your business you could think of existing innovations and ask:
- What else is like this?
- What other idea does this suggest?
- Does the past offer a parallel?
- What could I copy?
- Whom could I emulate?
- What other process could be adapted?
- What else could be adapted?
- What different contexts can I put my concept in?
- What ideas outside my field can I incorporate?
- What ideas inside my field can I incorporate?
Michalko gave an example of an adaptation of a children’s storybook which became an idea for creating lollipop sticks with inbuilt flower seeds so that children after finishing their lollipop can then plant their lollipop sticks in the ground which biodegrade and allow the seeds to be planted and grow www.amborellaorganics.com
Another example was the development of Gecko Gloves based on the Spider Man concept of climbing, comparing that to geckos which are good climbers and then coming up with Gecko gloves. A Stanford University design uses 24 adhesive tiles on each pad covered by tiny saw-tooth shaped nanofibers which allows a person’s weight to be spread evenly across the entire patch making it efficient enough for a person to cling to a glass wall these-gloves-let-you-climb-walls-like-spider-man
If you would like some local support to come up with new ideas come along to the BIC’s next workshop – Profit from Innovation where we can give you some great ideas on how to Brainstorm new Innovations for your company in 2018:
Congratulations goes to Steve Heaword from Crib Gogh Ltd who won our Customer Survey Prize Draw this year.
Steve unfortunately could not collect his vouchers as he was abroad testing some of their products but his colleague Adrian Smith is seen here receiving the £25 Vouchers from the BIC’s Deputy Chief Executive Jackie Millward.
Crib Gogh Ltd design and develop extreme weather and sports accessories www.cribgogh.com
BIC Staff pulled together this week to raise money for Children in Need by selling cakes to their colleagues, clients and other tenants at the Sutherland Institute.
They raised £40 for Children in Need and would like to thank everybody who contributed to such a worthwhile cause.
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