Innovators in care are being called on to come up with ground-breaking new ways to make homes more accessible for people living with mental and physical challenges.
The Design Council, a charity whose mission is to champion great design that improves lives, will support commercial and innovative ideas through its latest Spark programme.
Each finalist from the 16-week programme will receive £15,000 to support the development of their idea, as well as the chance to pitch to an investment panel for a share of up to £150,000 to fast track their product concept to market.
The categories for entry cover products from everyday household tasks to transforming the experience of getting around, and include getting up and into bed; washing and bathing; getting dressed; cooking and eating; gardening; cleaning; answering the door; working; sitting; and relaxing.
Design Council said it believes innovative design is fundamental to futureproofing our ability to live independently, given the ageing population and the fact that there are now 14 million people living with a disability in the UK.
CEO Sarah Weir OBE said: “We’re incredibly proud of our Spark programme. Since we started in 2014 it has helped more than 100 innovators and entrepreneurs to develop their product ideas. With this year’s focus being on an issue very close to many of our hearts, it presents a great opportunity to change lives, break new ground, build businesses and grow the UK economy.”
The call for applications to Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge is now open. Those with innovative product ideas that will make life at home easier and better for all are encouraged to apply here.