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Beacon Visionary+ Challenge

September 15, 2016 @ 9:00 am


Beacon Visionary+ Challenge: Opportunity for Products, Processes & Services

Inspiring Innovative Sensory Solutions

The Beacon Centre is looking for innovative products, process or services that will help address the growing sight loss problem. The charity want to inspire new products or service that can demonstrate a positive social impact for people with visual or other sensory impairments and has the potential to be launched on the open market.

The winner of the competition will receive a £20,000 prize which could include a cash sum and in kind support.

Participating in this workshop will enable you to better understand the scale of the problem, how to take products to market, what funding and support is available across the region, and hear from people in the industry.

Attendance or absence at this open seminar does not impact on any application to the challenge. It is designed to improve the quantity and quality of applications.


09:00  Registration

09:30  Introduction, context and market opportunities available 

Overview of the challenge and the market

Questions those people:

  • In the market
  • With the need
  • Judging the applications

10:30  Tools to improve your application

How to start designing your idea into a solution

  • Lean Business Model Canvas
  • Competitor [market] Analysis
  • Persona
  • Empaty Maps
  • Designing in Value

11:15  Session review & open questions

11:45  Networking

12:00  CloseEventbrite - Beacon Visionary+ Challenge: Opportunity for Products, Processes & Services

Application stages 1,  2 , 3

Tuesday 4th October; iCentrum
09.15-11.45 The Visionary+ Challenge: Your Ideas

  • Take decisions on selecting products or services;
  • Offer new products or services;
  • Direct / manage the operations of a business.

Tuesday 11th October; iCentrum
09.15-11.45 The Visionary+ Challenge: Your appliication

  • Select a time to have a private review of your idea

Tuesday 18th October, Caparo Innovation Centre

09.15-11.45 The Visionary+ Challenge: Appliication ‘polishing’ session

  • For businesses requiring further advice on submitting an application to the challenge

This work forms part of The Innovation Engine Project, which aims “to create new markets for SMEs in the West Midlands by finding challenges that need innovative solutions”.

Part funded by ERDF



September 15, 2016
9:00 am
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Hugo Russell – Project Manager


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