Presenting at Kingston Invents

General Presenting Information

Presenting at Kingston Invents is a chance to present your invention or concept (in confidence) to approximately 20-30 fellow innovators who have a wide range of experience and will almost certainly have faced all the challenges that your idea has/is/will!

We have a great room that Kingston University kindly let us use, and you'll have an exclusive slot of 40 minutes. It's up to you how you break this down however it's recommended for you to spend about 20 minutes presenting your concept (less is better), leaving 20 minutes for a mixture of open questioning/suggestions/brainstorming and some quick-fire one-liner questions.

Some of our best sessions have involved no computer presentation, though supporting sketches (there's an OHP-style digital projector to show any sketches or other paper-based material that you bring).

A presentation where you pass your prototypes/talk about your development is sometimes the best way to show your project however, if you want it, there's a great projector system for showing standard Microsoft Office, standard audio/video or PDF documents. You can (sometimes) plug your own laptop in (Apple USB C connector is NOT supported) and project from there but it is not advisable; if you have any presentations you are strongly advised to bring them on a USB stick.

Please also note that there is no internet access on the projection terminal (although wireless internet is provided free-of-charge so if you bring your laptop you can project a browser from there with integrated audio).

It's a great opportunity for you to get feedback on your idea under a Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement (that all attendees sign), this allows you to speak openly about your concept without compromising your ability to apply for intellectual property. It’s a really valuable opportunity to test out any ideas before investing in patents/trademarks/design registrations and that dreaded intellectual property 12-month/PCT clock starts ticking!

You might walk away different points of view, great ideas for improvements, industry contacts, a potential partner or maybe even an investor! We've also got a guide to presenting and survey template that you are welcome to adapt and print so that you can take away the room's written ideas and gauge the level of potential market interest. These files are on our Documents page.

Some Guidelines for the pitch are:

  • allow just 5 to 10 minutes for the presentation, addressing the business concept as well as the invention
  • describe the history of the idea, and the stage you are at
  • identify problems and issues on which you'd like feedback
  • envisage 10 to 20 minutes for discussion
  • you can keep the presentation entirely verbal, or use a sketch, model, flipchart or powerpoint
  • NB in case of Powerpoint presentation bring on a memory stick or (better) email it in advance
  • make notes on the key messages you need to get across, and practice in advance to check timing