We are delighted to announce the Design Council Spark Showcase 2018 will be held on the 26-27 June at the Design Museum, London.

Design Council Spark is a leading product innovation support programme and fund that backs ideas with the potential to improve lives as well as achieve commercial impact.

Now in its fourth year, this year’s Showcase will feature guest speakers from the world of business and government, with speeches from serial entrepreneur and investor Deborah Meaden, as well as the Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt. Hon Margot James, MP.

The Showcase will be the first opportunity for this year’s ventures to present their product ideas to a captive and select audience from the world of design, business, technology, investment and health, amongst others. This year has seen the greatest response since the programme’s launch in 2014, reaching an audience of more than 2.5 million people, it attracted more than 500 applicants. 33 entrepreneurs made it onto the Design Camp in March, from which 12 were selected as a finalist.

Each finalist received support over an intensive 16-week support programme and £15,000 funding to invest in the development of their product. They also had the opportunity to pitch to the Spark Investment Panel for a share of £200k additional funding to fast-track their product to market. The Spark investment panel have had their toughest year yet, spending hours deliberating and discussing each high-quality pitch to decide which finalists should receive additional funding – these will be announced at the Showcase.

This year’s Spark finalist products include a VR controller designed to sense human touch and gestures without electronic sensors; an assistive door handle that supports the natural grip and twist motion to open doors for people with dexterity challenges; and a customisable orthotic saddle aid especially for female horse riders in supporting their pelvis and spine. Each of the 12 finalist ventures demonstrate how good ideas have the potential to improve lives as well as achieve commercial impact.

Find out more about the finalists and their products.

As Tuesday 26 June is a closed and invite only event, the following day (Wednesday 27 June 2018) has been allocated as an open event where the Spark finalists have the opportunity to meet with investors, other entrepreneurs and those interested in finding out more about the Spark programme.

Details for the open event:

Wednesday 27 June 2018

10:00am – 6:00pm

Design Museum

Ulm Room (1st floor access by lift)

224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

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Meet the Spark finalists 2018 Find out about the products that will be refined and transformed over the next 16 weeks. Find out about the products that will be refined and transformed over the next 16 weeks.

Feature — 12/03/2018

The Design Council Spark awardee breaking new ground with his digging device Nick Skaliotis invented the Kikka Digga – an easy-to-use gardening tool that makes light work of digging. Here he talks about his lightbulb moment, memorable marketing opportunities and why Spark was just the boost he needed. Nick Skaliotis invented the Kikka Digga – an easy-to-use gardening tool that makes light work of digging.

Feature — 27/03/2019

TickleFLEX: The Design Council Spark awardee whose device for diabetics has revolutionised... As someone with Type 1 diabetes, Peter Bailey is only too aware of the daily, often uncomfortable, challenges of self-injecting insulin. So he came up with the TickleFLEX, a product that controls the needle depth and blocks the pain pathways, and which saw him become a finalist of Design Council... 2016 finalist Peter Bailey talks about being diabetic, the power of positive feedback and why Spark was a springboard to his success.

Feature — 28/02/2019

Design Council Spark finalist Rhinamite – an idea for stopping nosebleeds is set to help... When junior doctor Wendy Minks encountered the recurring problem of patients with nosebleeds, she devised Rhinamite – a nose clip specially designed to deal with the issue. Now, thanks to Design Council Spark, the 2016 awardee is well on the way to bringing it to market – for use not just in... When junior doctor Wendy Minks encountered the recurring problem of patients with nosebleeds, she devised Rhinamite.

Feature — 13/02/2019