|Myerscough Cokkege, St Michael's Rd, Bilsborrow, Preston PR3 0RY|
Conceiving an invention, developing it and obtaining a patent for it are the easy bits. Bringing it to market (whether by licensing it, contracting out its manufacture or making it oneself) requires skills, knowledge and connections that most members of the public, including inventors, do not have. The Wessex Round Table of Inventors once ran an Inventors Academy (and perhaps still does) with Southampton Solent University. The Southampton Solent course looks a very good one and I have often discussed the possibility of setting up a similar programme in the North with my contacts in our local universities and colleagues in other inventors clubs. Yesterday I was delighted to receive an email from Ideas North West indicating that Myerscough College near Preston proposed to do just that.
In the next academic year the College will offer a course called "Innovation Business" to develop skills in entrepreneurship and innovation in partnership with Ideas North West. According to the course flyer it will lead to an ILM (presumably "Institute of Leadership and Management") Level 3 certificate in enterprise and entrepreneurship. Topics include "assessing the suitability of your chosen enterprise", "researching the business market", "complying with legislation and regulatory requirements" and writing and presenting a business plan. All participants will deliver a final researched proposal with a "professional business plan" and will have be introduced to local accountants, bankers, patent agents, solicitors and other professionals. Also students will support each other by sharing skills and experience.