Trevor Baylis came up with the idea for the Wind Up Radio in 1991 after watching a TV programme on the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. After several years of failed attempts to get interest in the product, the Wind Up Radio was featured on the TV programme Tomorrow's World. Trevor Baylis was thrown into the limelight with his innovative invention and following the establishment of BayGen Power Industries the Freeplay Wind Up Radio was soon being produced by disabled workers in South Africa. Trevor Baylis is now one of the UK's most famous inventors and has set up Trevor Baylis Brands, a company designed to help inventors protect and develop their ideas.
In this video interview, Trevor speaks of the story behind the inspiration for his wind up radio and the importance of reading the small print. He gives expert advice on the various processes involved in protecting an invention, including patents and copyright, as well as how to bring an idea to the market. The famous entrepreneur also gives a unique insight into his belief that there should be a change in how inventors are perceived and treated.
Baylis, with his passion for promoting enterprise and innovation, is now a popular motivational speaker and has many prestigious awards such as the BBC Design Award for Best Product and Best Design and the Export Times Exporter of the Year award for Outstanding Export Achievement.
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