Design Council Spark

A product innovation fund that provides support and investment to develop UK based innovations that are primarily physical.

Once an applicant has been accepted onto the programme, they will receive an initial sum of £15,000 that will help to develop their product. They will also have the opportunity to pitch for a share of £200,000. As Arthritis Research UK is supporting the 2017 programme, one finalist will receive up to £50,000 of the available £200,000 if they can prove that their product has the potential to help those suffering from Arthritis.

Successful applicants will also receive a lifelong membership to the Design Council Spark alumni network and will have access to the Design Council's extensive community.

Design Council Spark do not ask for equity. Instead, in return for support provided, participants will give a small percentage of their product's sales to the fund so that future ideas may be supported.