25 Mar 2015
Simon Lyons wins national Design for Life Award
Graduate entrepreneur Simon Lyons has won a prestigious national competition to find the next big idea in inclusive design that could significantly improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities.
As overall winner following a nationwide search, Simon will receive £10,000 worth of legal fees and R&D support to help launch an innovative new product that enables people with disabilities in their hands to safely and easily open awkward food and drink packaging. Whilst this seems a relatively simple task, it can prove extremely challenging to many people with such disabilities. Simon’s product solves the issue in a single hand swipe. More details will be revealed soon, when a full suite of Intellectual Property Rights are in place.
Simon was selected for the Studio, the University’s graduate commercialisation hub in 2013, having been awarded first-class honours in Product Design Engineering. The Irwin Mitchell Design for Life Awards is one of a string of accolades for his company Version 22, including the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Award and a James Dyson Foundation Bursary.
Simon is also a finalist in the Graduate Enterprise category of the University’s annual Enterprise Awards, where the public vote decides the winners on 15 May.