The Home Innovation Challenge Design Competition

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The call for applications to Design Council Spark 2019 – The Home Innovation Challenge is now open.  This year we’re looking for innovative product ideas that will make life at home easier and better for all.

Great innovation is the beating heart of the UK economy, designing our future through world leading products that not only change lives but break new ground, build businesses, jobs, and grow the UK economy.


Sarah Weir OBE, Chief Executive, Design Council

What is Design Council Spark?

Design Council Spark is a leading UK product innovation support programme and investment fund designed to help you turn your bright idea into a commercially successful product. Since its creation in 2014, Design Council Spark programme has helped more than 100 innovators and entrepreneurs to develop their product ideas, 45 of these have been intensively supported with mentoring, funding and specialist input to help them progress to market.

Design Council Spark – Supporting UK product innovation from Design Council on Vimeo.

What makes Design Council Spark different?

The programme provides design expertise to help shape business opportunities and develop product innovations through an intensive process, which also gives access to specialists across business, IP, investment and marketing.

Up to 10 finalists are selected onto the programme comprising of five core workshops led by a team of design experts, as well as one-to-one input from specialists in a variety of fields. The programme runs over a 16-week time frame during which finalists also gain access to Design Council Spark’s network and our extensive community of past ventures.

Once accepted onto the programme all finalists receive an initial sum of £15,000 to help develop their product, as well as the opportunity to pitch in front of an investment panel for a share of up to £150,000 further funding to fast-track their product to market.