IP and Technology law expert, Jessica Bent to help judge competition for women engineers
Jessica Bent from our intellectual property and technology team has been selected to join the judging panel of a new ‘Dragon’s Den’ style of competition aimed at aspiring female engineers in the South West.
Jessica, a partner based at our offices in Bath and Swindon, will help judge the entries to the ‘Women with Bright Ideas’ competition which is being run by the Engineering Innovation Network South West (EIN-SW).
“I’m delighted to have been chosen to help judge this exciting new competition which is open to any entrepreneurial woman with a great new product idea,” said Jessica. “There is a lack of women in the engineering sector and although this might be through choice, I would hate to think that it’s because women and girls are not being sufficiently inspired to choose engineering as a career. Any initiatives which demonstrate that there are successful women engineers and that engineering is a real and desirable career choice, should be encouraged.
“We have been supporting EIN-SW for a couple of years through events and by assisting its members. I will be coming at this from the intellectual property angle, so I will be looking at what the participants have created or can create by way of IP, what is their thought process on IP, whether they have an awareness of what IP is and how protectable and defensible the product or process is in the market place,” said Jessica.
EIN-SW is running the competition in partnership with Wiltshire Enterprise and NT CADCAM, one of the UK’s most established SOLIDWORKS resellers. The judging panel comprises a wide range of industry representatives including Jessica, Paul Mullen of Cubik Innovation, Angela Hobbs of Triteq and Peter Stirling of Stirling Dynamics.
The deadline for submission of entries is 31 July; shortlisting will take place in August while the event where finalists will pitch their ideas to a judging panel and potential investors, will be held in October.
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