In our new video we find out from some of our 2017 finalists and mentors why Spark is one of the UK’s leading product innovation programmes. 

“In an increasing competitive world, a programme like Spark add a lot of value through design” says David Townsend, Design Advisor for Design Council.

Design Council Spark is a support and funding programme designed to turn bright ideas into commercially successful products. The Spark programme provides design expertise to help shape business opportunities and develop product innovations.

Each Spark finalist receives an initial £15,000 investment to help develop a product idea and joins a 16-week programme of specialists-led workshops in business, IP, investment, and marketing. At the end of the programme finalists receive an exclusive opportunity to pitch for a share of up to £200,000 of further funding to fast-track the product to market.

“This biggest benefit of the Spark programme would be the motivation, the encouragement and the drive that the mentors have given me, they have set me goals to keep me on track” says Spark 2017 finalist Geoff Rolandsen of Workey.

Applications for the Spark 2018 intake are now open with a closing deadline of midday 21 November 2017.

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