Our support offer, from application to product commercialisation
Our offering and how we support you
Access to professional designers and experts
We have a dedicated team of professional designers and industry experts within our universities that can assist in your project.
Industry leading facilities
Working with IBbD will give you access to industry leading facilities as well as design and project management expertise
Access to our networks
Even after your product has been developed we will network you with our contacts to ensure you have the best possible chances of commercialisation. Your success is our success.
Working hard to make your product a reality
Collaboration is everything and this is where we start to work together
Identify your specific project requirements.
Introduction and welcome to IBbD
Hello! It's great to meet you and welcome to IBbD.
A quick check to ensure that you fit all of our initial requirements.
It's all about compliance and ensuring you understand our policies.
Agreement to terms and conditions
T's and C's outline the legalities of our programme - we would recommend giving these a read.
Enrolling you onto the IBbD programme gives us the opportunity to work together to specify your specific project requirements.
Complete our online application form providing details on your organisation, idea, business case and reason for support from Impacting Business by Design.
We review your product idea, how our expertise can enhance the new product development, the current competition within the market, the existing IP and the commercial viability
IBbD will draft out a project proposal for your new product idea. This will include all stages of the necessary design process from concept to working prototype.
Agreement to Proceed (ATP)
Once all parties are completely happy with the proposal and the arrangements of the repayable advance – sign and commence the project
After the completion of every stage, you will be asked to sign-off the work and evaluate your contributions.
Working with you to explore various concepts around your initial idea.
Investigating the interaction, usability, materials, technology and visual language of the product concept and developing a commercial proposition
Further Development and Prototyping
This is where your product becomes a physical product nearly ready for manufacture.
The IBbD design team will investigate a range of potential manufacturing routes and outline the required design modifications to ensure compatibility
04 Product Launch
Seeing the product we have developed together in the market is wonderful. Seeing your organisation go from strength to strength due to embedded design? Priceless.
Woohoo! You did it!
This is a great achievement.
The hard work was worth it.
Our support doesn't end here
Still got questions - don't hesitate to give the team a call and we will be able to assist.
Let's monitor those sales
This is where we can manage the monetary impact our support has provided to your company.
05 Account Management
You have done so much to get this product to market - let it work for you and generate revenue. The IBbD team will support you by;
Quarterly aftercare meetings to support progress and review sales/accounts
Product has generated 4 times proposal costs in revenue
Invoice is generated from IBbD to honour repayable advance
Product has not generated 4 times proposal costs in revenue
A forecasting and scenario modelling to understand potential outcomes/timescales/success or IBbD grant written off, SME does not pay anything back
The team will still provide ongoing support to your organisation with knowledge transfer and the wider Design industry
It can always seem a little bit daunting when a project comes to an end. However as you are now an IBbD partner you will never be alone. If you have a question big or small or need some advice please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team.
Keep in touch
We always love to hear about your company and how it is growing.
Give us a call - we are sure to know someone you can help.
Have a new product to develop?
We can signpost you to a range of design houses and consultancies who can assist.
Tell your friends
Do you know a company who was in your position? Can IBbD help?
The support from our team could change your project
IBbD’s team of designers work closely with you to understand your new product development requirements, how we can embed design thinking into your organisation, help you to develop a working prototype and both network and signpost you to additional business support to help your business grow.
Intellectual property, IBbD and you
Intellectual property can be a mine field but IBbD hopes to take some of the stress out of this. Any background IP brought by either the university or our partner is theirs to keep. Any new IP generated through the course of the IBbD design intervention will be the property of IBbD's until the repayable advance is returned to IBbD. At this point all IP will be transferred to the partner organisation.
The success stories from people we have worked with
We love to see our partners succeeding from the support we have been able to provide. The collaboration and support throughout the whole IBbD process is key to aiding in the successful commercialisation of the design innovations. Take a look at some of our success stories here.