A REVOLUTIONARY innovations incubator is hoping to unveil its first success story before the year is out.
The Incub incubator was launched by multiple Queen’s Award winning innovators, Gripple and Loadhog.
The Sheffield-based sister companies decided to combine their research and development facilities and make them available to individuals whose own innovations might otherwise fail to see the light of day through lack of money, appropriate expertise or the right equipment.
Now Incub’s first ‘cub’ – 23 year old Lucy Nuttall – is gearing up to launch her first product.
Lucy, who was a finalist in Sheffield Hallam University’s Enterprise Challenge earlier this year, is the brains behind Frontline Forensics, a business that aims to develop new techniques to replace outdated investigative products and procedures.
Her first aim is to substantially improve on the process used to take casts of footprints in police investigations.
“The materials research and development phase is almost complete and we are now looking at packaging solutions.
“We are still on course for a product launch before the end of the year,” says Lucy, whose sister, Claire, is a scenes of crime officer with South Yorkshire Police and plays a crucial part in developing Frontline Forensics’ innovations.
Lucy is full of praise for Incub and the help she has received from its Ideas and Innovation (I&I) team.
“I am delighted to be involved which such renowned and successful companies and being an integral part of a project’s progression is a unique and rewarding experience,” she says
“The I&I team is exceeding my expectations and the partnership is helping me develop my business capabilities, not just from a product development point of view but also in understanding the financial and the legal requirements for a new business.”
Incub aims to help innovators in several ways.
Cubs can sign a collaboration agreement, be employed by the incubator and make use of Gripple and Loadhog’s ideas and innovations, design, marketing, learning and development teams.
Incub will help people with design problems and assist individuals who need impartial advice.