Budding entrepreneurs and inventors have been checking into a new free specialist support service to convert good ideas into profitable businesses. The service called the Innovation Clinic offers business advice from an experienced innovation mentor and interim manager. Confidential advice covers a wide range of topics to help them convert new ideas into profitable commercial enterprises. Guidance ranges from protecting intellectual property and assessing risk and marketability to project planning and finding finance funding.
The first customers have included members of the Croydon Round Table for Inventors. CRTI have received the highest UK and international awards for many innovations. Barry Slayford, Chairman of CRTI at www.croydonrti.com, says “Our members have many good ideas with potential for commercial development. The Innovation Clinic gives us confidential reviews to reduce the risks and costs of getting new products and services off the ground.”
Innovation Clinic manager Clive Bonny is an active entrepreneur himself and has launched several new products and services across different industry sectors. His Innovation Clinics are sponsored by Business Link. Clive says “One of the first attendees saved £15000 in new product design fees within an hour of seeing how to use a free Patent Office facility. People have nothing to lose by booking a one hour briefing.”