For the purposes of WORTH, a ‘Manufacturer’ is a manufacturer or maker or craftsman.

Manufacturer-led projects

A manufacturer-led project is where the Manufacturers is the Lead Partner and will complete the application form. The Lead Partner nominates the Partner(s) that they will collaborate with to create the new product or prototype. The Partner(s) will be a Designer but this could be in fashion, textiles, furniture or any suitable design field. These partners make up the Partnership.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

IPR issues are a key area for EU creative industry. Far too few designers and manufacturers pay real attention to these aspects and one objective of WORTH is to promote a good practice of IP protection. Participants will be required to sign up to partnership agreements so that IPR are protected. In Manufacturer-led projects the IP will invariably be owned by the Manufacturer but the Designer may receive royalties from the manufacturer in proportion with sales.

Financial arrangements

Successful Partnerships will be awarded up to €10,000. In Manufacturer-led projects this can pay for design costs.

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Designer-led Projects

We support and coach designers and retailers seeking creative collaborations and opportunities to develop innovative products using new materials, partnerships and processes.

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Manufacturer-led Projects

Through the WORTH network of creative industries, manufacturers can gain access to work with a designer or design-led business allowing the manufacturer to introduce new products or develop existing ranges, expanding to new customers.

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Technology-oriented Projects

WORTH works with organisations seeking to develop or prototype new techniques to improve design concept, flexibility, reactivity, visibility and production management.

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