Did you see someone else turn your idea into a reality first?

The world around us is full of exciting and transformative inventions that have become a key part of our daily lives. Innovations such as the light bulb, the telephone, the combustion engine, the internet, and many others that we see and use every single day – taking their availability for granted without a second thought. But what do each of these ingenious products have in common?

They were all at one time just a basic idea! It took one person to think of a concept that at the time might not have appeared to be ground-breaking, but that today we look back at and say, ‘how did we live without it?’, as without this single idea, the world as we know it would be a very different place.

This is the question that drives us all. The fact is that we are all able to make positive contributions to the world we live in, and to shape and touch the lives of millions today and billions tomorrow. However, in order to achieve this we all need both a great initial idea and the right support to make it a reality. When I was growing up I had hundreds of ideas, as I’m sure you had and continue to have. However, for me, there never seemed to be either the time, or the support to take those lightbulb moments forward and turn them into a real product. Today things are very different.

Design Council have taken on this challenge, opening entries to Spark – one of the UK's leading design innovation support programmes. Design Council Spark not only brings together ideas from undiscovered innovators right across the United Kingdom, but also provides the expert industry support and financial backing needed to turn those ideas into a reality. Successful Spark finalists undertake an intensive 16-week programme that challenges designers and innovators who come from all walks of life, to develop their concept and deliver a product that will help change people’s lives for the better.

Don’t let somebody else get the credit for your idea:

Who is Tesla? He invented the radio, however, wider belief was that it was Marconi.

With top product ideas being selected from the hundreds of applications made each year, entrants can expect to be challenged, however the rewards if successful are game-changing. All finalists receive an initial product development award of £15,000 with additional investment offered to those ventures that demonstrate themselves to be of highest potential benefit to the public, as well as proving they have what it takes to disrupt the market. Every finalist completes the programme by pitching to an investment panel, with a chance to be awarded further funding from a total £200,000 award chest.

Along with Design Council Spark’s partner organisation, Arthritis Research UK, there is also an award offered specifically to those who design products which aim to ease the difficulties faced by everyone affected by arthritis – the UK’s most common disability. Along with products that solve problems in areas such as health, transport, environmental challenges and many more – entering your bright idea to Spark can make a real difference.

Applications are now open for Spark 2018, and we invite you to take this opportunity to bring to the UK an idea that will positively impact billions of lives. We all have an idea that seems simple but which could change the world – Spark is the opportunity to make that happen!

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