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Our process


Let's get to know each other. This is the beginning of our engagement to work with your organisation to develop a new product and embed design capabilities within your organisation.

Getting to know you

Identification - understanding your organisation and IBbD

Our team will work with you from your initial interest in IBbD. The project management team will ensure any questions about IBbD are answered. The IBbD team will discuss the outline of your idea and ensure that it is something that we may be able to assist with. This is where our partnership begins.

With you every step of the way

Working hard to make your product a reality

Collaboration is everything and this is where we start to work together

01 Identification

Identify your specific project requirements.

  • Introduction and welcome to IBbD

    Hello! It's great to meet you and welcome to IBbD.

  • Eligibility Check

    A quick check to ensure that you fit all of our initial requirements.

  • Privacy Notice

    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.

02 Enrollment

Enrolling you onto the IBbD programme gives us the opportunity to work together to specify your specific project requirements.

  • Application

    Complete our online application form providing details on your organisation, idea, business case and reason for support from Impacting Business by Design.

  • Appraisal

    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

  • Proposal

    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

03 Collaboration

After the completion of every stage, you will be asked to sign-off the work and evaluate your contributions.

  • Concept Generation

    Working with you to explore various concepts around your initial idea.

  • Concept Development

    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.

  • Manufacturing Data

    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.

  • BOOM!

    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;

  • Aftercare meetings

    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

  • Ongoing support

    The team will still provide ongoing support to your organisation with knowledge transfer and the wider Design industry

06 Congratulations

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.

  • Need advice?

    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?

Delivering the best solutions for you

The support from our team could change your project

IBbD’s team of self funded 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.

Getting to know you

Where this fits into our process

Identification is an important part of our process. The initial conversations between IBbD and our partner organisations are a key part of our intervention to determine whether we can embed design thinking and design innovation within your company. Discussing and getting to know more about both IBbD and your organisation and the IBbD programme give many of our partners a good understanding of the programme and how we can add value to our partner organisations.

Check you can get the grant

We are already looking at potential candidates for our grant scheme

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