The Drafting Instrument, Lionel Giordano drawing tool, Big Idea Challenge Competition

The Drafting Instrument: TDI

24 June 2020

The Drafting Instrument – TDI News

Sustainable drawing tool sees Architecture student win entrepreneur competition

First-year Architecture student Lionel Giordano has won the Creative category in The Big Idea Challenge, an entrepreneurial competition looking for the businesses, social enterprises and creative projects that will have a big impact in the future.

Architecture student Lionel Giordano:
Architecture student Lionel Giordano

He has been developing his idea, The Drafting Instrument (TDI) throughout his studies at London Metropolitan University. TDI is a reusable drawing tool for architects and creatives comprised of two parts, made from recycled metals or concrete. The tool has interchangeable parts which are used for technical drawing. Lionel Giordano was motivated to create it due to the frustrations with the costs of carrying drawing tools, the inconvenience of carrying them and what he calls the “embarrassing detrimental” impact on the environment.

The Drafting Instrument: TDI, drawing tool recycled materials

Lionel Giordano said: “I have tested the ergonomic aspect of TDI through several dummy and working prototypes, and I am glad to say that I have finalised the conceptual stage. I am now in the process of developing a fully working prototype. The journey like all idea development processes has been very exciting, I never looked at the marketing side of things and the whole experience has been a massive learning curve that gave me good insight on how to go about developing an idea.

Asked how it felt to be recognised by the Big Idea Challenge, he said: “The amazing feeling of winning the Big Idea Challenge creative category made all the hard work worthwhile. I wanted to do this for a long time. Entering the Big Idea Challenge, helped me focus and invest time efficiently into developing my idea.

“My advice to other entrepreneurs would be to not be too precious about your idea. Be open to suggestions, as your idea is more likely to be successful if you take peoples feedback and opinions into account.”

The Drafting Instrument: TDI, drawing tool concrete

”Run by Accelerator, London Met’s business incubator, the Big Idea Challenge gives winners in eight categories the tools to develop their business, and a shared prize pool of £30,000 to launch their winning idea. Previous winners have gone on to launch businesses which have created hundreds of jobs and millions of pounds profit.

Giordano has won mentoring and support from the Accelerator and will be able to use the leading facilities at the Hoxton-based incubator.

The Challenge winners were announced at a digital ceremony on Thursday 18 June 2020.

About London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University has been providing education to people from all backgrounds since 1848, with the creation of the Metropolitan Evening Classes for Working Men. Six schools teach cutting-edge, relevant courses across the arts, sciences, business, law and humanities. Accelerator – London Met’s specialist business incubator – helps graduates get their enterprises up and running and was named among the Top Five ‘Most Active’ accelerators in Europe in 2015, highlighting its contribution to London’ booming start-up industry.
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