We are excited to announce that on 20 September we will be showcasing more than a dozen pioneering products from our Design Council Spark product innovation fund and we're inviting you to come along and join us.

As part of the prestigious London Design Festival, we'll be at London City Hall showcasing the standout and truly unique inventions that have made it through to the final out of hundreds of ideas that were entered into our Spark accelerator and innovation fund. We welcome leading thinkers in product innovation, investment, manufacturing and retail to see these unique products up close and to find out who will be awarded further funding of up to £150k.

This is the second year in which Design Council Spark has helped the UK’s entrepreneurs of tomorrow take their product ideas to market. With the support of this year’s partner, Arthritis Research UK, one extra finalist will be awarded £50k of funding if their product is designed to assist those with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.

Terry Tyrrell, Design Council’s recently appointed new Chair and Founder of the world-leading agency Brand Union, said: “Spark is a fantastic example of how design-led thinking can turn a good idea into a brilliant product. It’s very exciting to see such a diverse range of innovations develop and head towards market, and this event is an important celebration of our finalists’ hard work.”

This exclusive evening event offers a chance for potential partners, investors and the press to meet the talented finalists and discover the UK’s next big invention.

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