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With a prize pool valued at more than £25,000, Innovention 2005 offers inventors and innovators from across the UK a golden opportunity to get their ideas into the market. That’s the message from the organisers of the Innovention 2005 Competition and Exhibition, which takes place at INTEC, Winchester, Hampshire, England on Friday 24th June.

“It’s not just about the prize money” said Ken Teal of Wessex Innovation Service, organisers of the event, “it’s a unique opportunity for inventors and innovators to exhibit their ideas to an audience of experts that could help them in their quest to become the next James Dyson. While there are no guarantees of success, past Innovention participants have an excellent record for achieving their ambitions.”

Now in its 14th year, Innovention’s track record of success is such that the event is usually over-subscribed. A rigorous vetting process has been introduced to ensure that only commercially viable ideas get to participate, thus saving would-be entrepreneurs cost and disappointment while ensuring a high standard for exhibits.

Entries are invited from businesses and lone inventors up to the closing date of 13th May 2005. Selected entries will be invited to exhibit at the Innovention 2005 Exhibition. Competition winners will be announced and presented with their prizes at the Exhibition.
Inventors and businesses wishing to enter should enter on line at www.sehea.co.uk menu item “Inventors & Innovators or call Wessex Innovation Service on 023 9244 9449 or email their name, address and telephone number to sehea@sehea.co.uk.

Companies wishing to sponsor the event, donate prizes or take a stand to promote their services for inventors should contact Ken Teal, Wessex Innovation Service, The Regional Business Centre, Harts Farm Way, Havant, PO9 1HR. Tel: +44 023 9244 9449 Fax: +44 023 9244 9555, e-mail: sehea@sehea.co.uk

The Exhibition will also be open to visitors who should check the web at www.sehea.co.uk for registration information.

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Editorial Notes

Innovention 2005 is organised by Wessex Innovation Service, a division of the South Hampshire Enterprise Agency. It provides a confidential advisory service for businesses and individuals seeking to commercialise their innovative ideas. It offers advice and guidance across a broad range of topics including planning a course of action, market assessment and research, feasibility, prototyping, production, economics, sources of finance and intellectual property protection.

These services are provided free of charge to people on benefits while others pay a small charge as a contribution towards the costs of providing the service.

Now in its 14th year, Innovention gives innovators and inventors a greater chance to commercialise their ideas through exposure to a selected audience and the opportunity to win valuable prizes of cash and services.

The Innovention 2005 Competition was launched in early March and offers a prize pool valued at more than £25,000. Entries are invited from businesses and lone inventors up to the closing date of 13th May 2005. Selected entries will be invited to exhibit at the Innovention 2005 Exhibition which is to be held at the Intech Centre, Winchester, on Friday 24th June 2005. Competition winners will be announced and presented with their prizes at the Exhibition.

Innovention 2005 is sponsored by InventThat.com, Rothman Pantall, University of Portsmouth, Blake Lapthorn Linnell, Harbour Economic Development Forum, Business Link Wessex, Fareham Borough Council, IP Consult, Hampshire County Council, Basepoint Plc and HATRICs.

Further details including the competition entry form can be found on the web at www.sehea.co.uk menu item “Inventors & Innovators”.

Photos. Photos of past winners, people and inventions are available on request.

Contacts

Reader Enquiries to: Ken Teal, Wessex Innovation Service, The Regional Business Centre, Harts Farm Way, Havant, PO9 1HR. Tel: +44 023 9244 9449 Fax: +44 023 9244 9555; e-mail: sehea@sehea.co.uk

Editorial enquiries should be directed to:

Bob Squirrell, Kognosys Ltd., 20 Glenney Close, Lee on the Solent, PO13 8FD, UK. Tel: 02392 554287; Fax: 02392 554908; Mobile: 07770 436179; Email: Bob.Squirrell@kognosys.co.uk

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Dr Shena Mitchell (PhD), Market Insights UK Limited Tel: 023 9264 2646, Mobile: 07985 991047.

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