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More opportunities for local inventors to win at Innovention 2005

Are you an inventor or innovator based in Hampshire, Dorset or the Isle of Wight? Want to get your idea into the market? Then fill in an entry form for the INNOVENTION 2005 COMPETITION and EXHIBITION at Winchester! Give the experts a chance to help your invention hit the market and give yourself a chance of winning a slice of the £25,000 prize fund on offer!

That's what Pat Steele did last year and she won first prize in the Individual Category. Her brilliant invention of a duvet which conveniently unzips into different sections for washing also won her a special recognition award at the British Female Inventor/Innovator of the Year back in February this year.

She was delighted with her win in 2004 and used her prize money towards the design and installation of her new website at The final touches to the site were completed on 30th March and it is due to be launched in the next few days.

Ken Teal of Wessex Innovation Service, organisers of the Exhibition has said "past Innovention participants have an excellent record for achieving their ambitions" and this is certainly true of Pat. “Following my win at Innovention and the tremendous support I received from Wessex Innovation, I have seen sales of the duvet rise steadily. Now with the launch of the new website more people will be able to take advantage of the idea. We’ve also opened the site to fellow inventors and are featuring other sleep related innovations, such as the award winning inflatable travel cot” commented Pat.

Pat's invention, like so many others, came from a simple idea which immediately makes you think 'Why didn't I think of that!' After spilling a drink on her duvet, and then battling to get it washed and dried (how do you get a king size duvet into the washing machine?!) she decided it would be much better if she could simply remove a portion of the duvet for washing. Hey presto! The panel duvet was born!

Strategically placed zips allow portions of the duvet to be removed for washing and drying in domestic appliances without the expense of professional cleaning. Not only that, portions of the duvet can be unzipped to turn it into two smaller ones!
Innovention 2005 Competition and Exhibition takes place at INTEC, Winchester, Hampshire, England on Friday 24th June. (

Inventors and businesses wishing to enter should enter on line at menu item “Inventors & Innovators” or call Wessex Innovation Service on 023 9244 9449 or email their name, address and telephone number to

Companies wishing to sponsor the event, donate prizes, take a stand or an advert 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:

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


Editorial Notes

Innovention 2005 is organised by the 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, 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 menu item “Inventors & Innovators”.

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


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:

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

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