Being a small-scale inventor can be a solitary business and bringing your ideas to fruition can be frustrating and sometimes painfully slow.
It can be useful to network with other inventors to share ideas, advice, knowledge and opinions on innovation.
Ideas21 is a fast-growing network of people interested in innovation. They meet monthly at the Intellectual Property Office in London – non-members are also welcome. Members receive regular email newsletters with updates on the latest inventions, exhibitions and events. Find out about the ideas21 network on the ideas21 website – Opens in a new window.
For inventors in Scotland, the Scottish Innovators Network meets once a month at the Murgitroyd & Company offices in Glasgow. Find out about the Scottish Innovators Network on the Scottish Innovators Network website – Opens in a new window.
Inventors in Wales can get advice and support on innovation, from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Flexible Support for Business website. Find out about the support available on the Flexible Support for Business website – Opens in a new window.
In Northern Ireland inventors can get specialist guidance on technical business issues from Invest NI’s Technical Advisory Unit. Find out about the specialist guidance available on the Invest NI website – Opens in a new window.
There are also a number of online forums that allow users to swap ideas and information.
Make Sparks Fly allows inventors to discuss ideas, problems and concerns relating to intellectual property. Find out about the forum for inventors on the Make Sparks Fly website – Opens in a new window.