The Design Council launches its programme to support the next generation of British inventors

The Design Council has just announced a new £300k accelerator fund, Design Council Spark, aimed at aspiring British inventors. The launch was appropriately held amongst the amazing inventions at the Science Museum’s new Information Age Gallery.

A call for submissions went to anyone in the UK with a brilliant product idea who wants to develop their work further. Ten designers will receive an initial investment of £15k, and will join a 20-week programme of mentoring, which gives them access to professionals in prototyping, manufacturing, investment and finance, as well as other business skills.

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After 20 weeks, three of the designs will be selected to receive a further £50k investment.

In support of the initiative, some of the UK’s most inventive minds gathered at the Science Museum to share their experiences of designing, including award-winning inventor Duncan Fitzsimons, creator of the world’s first folding wheel, and Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, developer of sugru, a moldable glue for use at home.

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Aspiring product designer Emily Tulloh, who invented the unique Summerbug Trike for a child with the rare condition of Rett Syndrome, also spoke in support of the new fund.

If you, or someone you know, would like to a submit an idea to Design Council Spark, please visit www.designcouncil.org.uk/spark, or join the conversation at #SparkInnovation.