Thursday, 11 June 2009

Firebox Inventor

Calling all creative geniuses, visionaries, mad scientists, tinkerers, ponderers and garden shed inventors:

Firebox have teamed up with Stuff, the World’s best-selling gadget magazine, to launch Firebox Inventor: a national search to find the next must-have product for 2010 and it might just be your idea that makes it onto our shelves! It could be a cool new toy, handy gadget, or something else entirely: if it’s original and it fits our quirky range, we want to hear about it.

You don’t need to have an expensive prototype, polished business plan, or to take part in a scary formal pitch. You can send your entry to us in any format you like and there isn’t a Dragon in sight.

We’ve assembled an expert panel of judges from across the technology, toy and product development industry to pick out the very best idea from the bunch. Just get your ideas in before midday on the 20th of November to be in with a chance.

The winning idea will be developed and sold on Firebox, and we'll share 50% of the profits with whoever comes up with it!

Click here for more information

For full Terms & Conditions please click here

Innovative Calderdale

What’s it about?

Protect your work and ideas @ Innovative Calderdale.
Everything you need to know, and more, about how to protect your work and ideas.

Due to popular demand, 'Innovative Calderdale' will host an entertaining journey through the facts needed to protect your Intellectual Property.
Renowned experts from the Intellectual Property Office will explain copyright, designs and trade marks.

No matter what business you are in, if you are making a living out of 'your' ideas, then discover your true worth at the event.

In addition, Yorkshire Forward will update you on the range of grants, loans and other support available - such as Business Link's £3k Innovation vouchers - and will also be happy to field individual enquiries at the event on support for potential innovation projects.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax
17 June 2009
Register here
To book your free place, contact the team on 01422 399 400 or email

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Inventique - latest issue

June 2009 issue - Contents

Lead story: Successful inventor Joe Silver has added to his company's range of LifeLock personal security products.
The Association of Women with New Products and Inventions is launched at the British Library Business & IP Centre this month.
Guest columnist Matthew Simmons concludes his 'Ten steps to success in new ventures' series by leaving the best 'til last.
Female engineers at Ohio State University have designed flight control software for NASA's Scramjets.
Portsmouth University has devised an Artificial Intelligence programme that analyses whether aircraft are safe to fly (and also reduces fuel consumption).
A new type of air-fuelled battery, the STAIR cell, could give up to ten times the energy storage of lithium batteries.
Kingston University has entered its 102mph electric motorbike for the all-electric Isle of Man TTXGP race - the world's first zero-carbon, clean-emission Grand Prix.
In Design from Nature, Ithaca College research could lead to surgical adhesives developed from slugs.
In Your Shout, George Monbiot argues that a new Research Council requirement of those seeking academic research funding is fatally flawed.
The Seawork Innovation Awards will be presented this month.
This month's Centre of Excellence is WES (Women's Engineering Society).
Book of the Month is Bad Science by Ben Goldacre.
Website of the Month is, the US Government's one-stop virtual marketplace (which requires no login).

Click on for back issues of Inventique, containing articles by guest columnists such as James Dyson and Mandy Haberman, as well as details of forthcoming events or on to view WRTI's website, which contains hundreds of links to other sites relevant to inventors, entrepreneurs and innovative companies.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Support For Inventors

Support for Inventors

There is no set route by which you can obtain assistance in either gaining finance or getting your product on to the market. Many of those who offer help have specific criteria which you must fulfil in order to gain their help. However you may find some of the following useful. This list is not exhaustive.

Business Link Yorkshire
Tel 08456 048 048
Information on funding available for inventors & innovators as well as business support

Sharing the Success
Tel 0113 2206350
Intensive support available for those thinking of starting a business or developing a new product

Yorkshire Association of Business Angels
Tel 01423 810149
Matches up investors and entrepreneurs with new business ideas

Viking Fund
Tel 01924 227237
Yorkshire-wide venture capital fund particularly aimed at new technology companies

Pd-M International Ltd
Tel 01423 503900
Prototyping and manufacturing assistance

A Better Mousetrap
Tel 01422 842401
Assessment service and advice for inventors

Ideas 2 Market
Tel 0870 803 1964
A DIY evaluation software package & Ideas Bank which aims to match investors and inventors/entrepreneurs

Innovation Showcase,
Leeds Metropolitan University
Tel 0113 383 9633
Access to facilities, prototyping & support

Design Enterprise Centre,
University of Hull
Tel 01482 466470
Product development, prototyping and funding information

Huddersfield University Business Incubation Programme
Tel 01484 483127
Help for start-up businesses including facilities and access to funding