A Regional Innovation Advisory Service program to be held in Ballina on May 6 and 7 will help inventors and innovative small businesses in the northern NSW develop their bright ideas, according to its organisers. 

The program, Building on Bright Ideas, includes a free seminar and free one-on-one consultations with innovation experts.

“It’s an opportunity for anyone with a clever idea about a new or improved product, service or process to take the next step towards commercialisation,” Troy White, Commercialisation Manager at the Industry Development Centre (Hunter) Ltd said.

The seminar will include tips on commercialising and protecting ideas by representatives from Davies Collison Cave Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, specialist innovation support services firm IDC and AusIndustry.

“Only a small number of innovations make money in the marketplace. The Innovation Advisory Service can work with innovators to help make an idea marketable and profitable,” Mr White said.

The Building on Bright Ideas seminar will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday May 6 at Ramada Hotel & Suites, 2 Martin Street, Ballina. One-on-one sessions can be booked for May 7.

The program is funded by the NSW Department of State and Regional Development and delivered by IDC.

“This year’s program is part of Innovation Northern Rivers — an excellent opportunity for networking, building new connections or simply growing your business,” Mr White said.

To register, download a registration form from http://www.ausinvent.com or call 1800 995 299.