Entries are open for the Inventor Prize, a competition created to find and reward inventors and creators across the UK.
The competition is open to new products that address a societal problem affecting a number of people in the UK. The idea/product must not have been on sale before and the judging panel will need to see a working prototype in action for the product to be considered.
Ten finalists will be selected by a panel of judges in November 2017 to receive £5,000 and personal mentoring to develop their idea. The overall winner of the Inventor Prize will be announced in September 2018 and will receive £50,000 to make their invention a reality.
Constance Agyeman, Head of International Development and Communities, at Nesta said:“Nesta is calling for inventors all across the UK to enter this exciting new prize. We know so many people right now are solving complex problems that affect us all in innovative ways, creating products that could change people’s lives. We also know that Challenge Prizes, like this, are an effective catalyst to stimulating innovation and fast tracking success. So if you think of yourself as a budding inventor, life-hacker or DIY disrupter, then don’t miss your chance to enter this challenge and develop your idea further.”
The UK’s business secretary Greg Clark said: “In every corner of the country there are people creating new inventions in response to life’s everyday problems. Through our Industrial Strategy and the Inventor Prize, we want to help turn incredible ideas into products available to everyone. New inventions can change the world, so I encourage everyone who thinks they have a great idea to apply.”
Entries for the Inventor Prize are open now. The deadline for entries is October 22nd 2017. Finalists will be announced in December 2017. Full details and applications can be made through the Inventor Prize website.