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Jessica Bent of Withy King

Swindon solicitor to help judge competition for women engineers

Intellectual property and technology law expert Jessica Bent 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.

Withy King partner Jessica, who is based in Swindon, will help judge the entries to the ‘Women with Bright Ideas’ competition which is being run by the Engineering Innovation Network South West (AIN-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.

“Withy King has 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 Bent of Withy King, 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.

For an application form or to find out more, visit or call Sheena Awdry on 01249 466800 ext 6709 or email