The obvious answer may not always be the right one or the only one! Yes, start-up's need investment, but they also need knowledge and a clear understanding of the needs of different stakeholders. Women with Bright Ideas Competition Winners Rosie Phelps and Catherine Dodds spent the day at Triteq on Thursday with key members of our teams from research, design, software, electronics and prototype development. Triteq offered a day of consultancy to the winners to identify what type of support they need to get their product to market. As Steve Lane, Triteq COO said when asked what type of customers we work with, ” the diversity of customers that walk through our doors is staggering. This cumulative experience means we understand the range of challenges and decision processes that start-up's have to face. We listen, ask the right questions and give straight talking informed advice.”
The Dragons Den-style competition was launched by to celebrate “National Women In Engineering Day* and 25 budding entrepreneurs and designers from all over the country entered their ideas. The seven best entries were presented to an audience at Wiltshire College in Lackham on Friday October 17 2014 and scrutinised by a prestigious panel of judges for their commercial viability. In the end, two products stood out and the judges were unanimous in having a joint winner: designed by Chloe Meineck to aid people with dementia and an ergonomically designed cutlery set which will revolutionise mealtimes for young children, designed by two sisters Rosie Phelps and Catherine Dodd.
Fellow judge and -SW project manager Haydn Earl said: “All the finalists were winners and -SW is committed to helping them all get to market. These two products particularly stood out. This competition was all about getting those bright ideas out of your cupboard or garden shed and onto the road to becoming a commercial reality.”
winner Rosie Phelps said:
director Catherine Dodd adds:
wowed the judges as the University of Brighton graduate explained how she uses music to stimulate memories for dementia sufferers.
Tactile objects are placed in the box and when the object is placed in the centre, using radio frequency identification () tags, it plays a tune from their past that prompts a memory.
Chloe says, “
Sheena Awdry of said: