Join us for our new Inventors’ Club series, designed to help you refine, protect and commercialise that new product idea you’ve been tinkering with.
Great ideas can change the world!
And with new technology developing everyday, there are more opportunities than ever before to make an impact.
However, whilst lots of us often spot the potential for a new product or service, the harsh realities of research and development, prototyping, manufacturing and distribution often mean that few of those ideas actually make it to market, especially in the crowded and fast-paced digital space.
The Inventors’ Club has been established by the Business & IP Centre to give budding inventors the opportunity to network with others in the same boat, hear from speakers who have successfully commercialised their inventions, stay motivated and share insider hints, tips, expertise and experience. You’ll get feedback on your inventions in a safe, non-judgemental environment and also find out about how the Library’s extensive collection of business and commercial data can help you on your journey from someone with a great idea, to having a product on the market.
For this special edition of Inventors' Club as part of our Season of Digital Disruption in partnership with London Growth Hub, we're focusing on opportunities for disrupting existing sectors using new technologies. If you've got an idea for an app, website or digital tool but aren't quite sure what you need to know to bring your product to market, then come along and find out the next steps to take.
18.00 – 18.15 Registration / networking
18.15 – 18.25 Introductions
18.25 – 19.00 Paul Harman of London IP will talk on aspects of securing Intellectual Property on software and apps and also for what protection there might be on novel ways of doing business.
19.00 – 19.30 Our guest speaker for this event will be James Eder, Founder of Causr. Causr had the potential to be the ‘next-big-thing’. The innovative application facilitated networking geo-local professional networking with a myriad of potential benefits. Causr enjoyed some great early successes including positive user testing and reviews and raised significant funds, but not everything went quite to plan. James Eder shares his valuable experience of founding a tech start-up with lots of potential that didn’t quite make it, and what he’s learned along the way.
19.40 – 20.30 Refreshments and networking
Please note that the purpose of the British Library Inventor’s Club is primarily networking, expertise-sharing and introductions. The environment is public and open, and must not be regarded as confidential or IP protected. However, the Business & IP Centre do provide a range of support services to help inventors understand and protect their Intellectual Property including: one-to-one information sessions, an ‘Inventor in Residence’ and workshops on IP. More information in these services can be found on our website.
The Inventors’ Club is brought to you by the Business & IP Centre in collaboration with:
Bob Lindsey – a chartered Engineer with a wide experience of marketing and business management, who has spent over twenty years advising entrepreneurs and small businesses on getting their new products to market. He was part of the team which set up the Inventors’ Club at Kingston University in 2005, and he regularly runs Innovation Clinics at the British Library.
Mark Sheahan – the Founder and Owner of Compgen Ltd and Culgen Ltd and the Chairman at Morgan Goodwin Ltd. He has been a value collaborator of the Business & IP Centre for over 13 years as the British Library’s Inventor in Residence, helping over 1000 aspiring innovators with their inventions.
Barry Slayford – the inventor of the Arson-Proof Letterbox and founder of the Croydon Inventors’ Club. He also set up the Invention Centre at South Norwood to assist entrepreneurs to get their new product ideas to market. He can advise on all parts of the journey from initial idea to market launch.Meetings will take place on the last Monday of each month and light refreshments will be provided.