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Inclusive design wins prize for Sheffield Hallam graduate

26 October 2010

The graduate lifting the trophy in the Sheffield Hallam University Enterprise Challenge has been introduced to the team who drive the groundbreaking product incubator, Incub. Twenty four year old product design graduate, Nathan Bestwick from Rotherham, impressed judges with his range of kitchenware products, which includes a patent pending spice mill that requires no gripping or twisting of the wrists and works by rubbing it between the hands.

The graduate lifting the trophy in the Sheffield Hallam University Enterprise Challenge has been introduced to the team who drive the groundbreaking product incubator, Incub. Twenty four year old product design graduate, Nathan Bestwick from Rotherham, impressed judges with his range of kitchenware products, which includes a patent pending spice mill that requires no gripping  or twisting of the wrists and works by rubbing it between the hands.Nathan added: "I am thrilled to win this exciting competition. I wanted to design inclusive kitchen products which not only appeal to the vast majority of the market, but can also be used by people with disabilities without loss of design values.  I will use my winnings to develop prototypes further and work on patenting my idea."

Nathan not only earned a £5,000 prize but also the invaluable support of Incub, which was created by Gripple, and its sister company Loadhog. These companies, which have 'given birth to' a wealth of problem-solving, multi award-winning products, were among the sponsors of this year's Enterprise Challenge.

Gordon Macrae, Gripple's special projects manager, said: "The Enterprise Challenge reflects Incub's mission to realise the dreams of embryonic entrepreneurs. We determine to fast track exceptional product concepts to market through a unique collaborative approach. There was nothing 'run of the mill' about Nathan's business start-up so we are delighted to be backing him in the early stages."

Sheila Quairney, from Sheffield Hallam's Enterprise Centre, said: "We have established a good relationship with Gripple, and our Enterprise Centre graduates have found its support invaluable.

Now, Nathan is being the opportunity to develop his ideas and incorporate the expertise available through the Incub facility. We look forward to working with Gripple to help develop the careers of the entrepreneurs of the future."

Nathan (left) is pictured here at Gripple's headquarters - The Old West Gun Works - with Alan Somerfield, the company's ideas and innovations director and a member of the Incub team.


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