Boy in­ven­tor at Fiel­d­ays

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Young Mata­mata in­ven­tor Pa­trick Roskam has landed a spot in the In­no­va­tion Cen­tre at next month’s National Agri­cul­tural Fiel­d­ays.

The cen­tre show­cases some of the best in­dus­try de­vel­op­ments and in­ven­tions with the po­ten­tial to im­prove New Zealand farm­ing prac­tices.

Pa­trick, 12, last year in­vented the Gud­geon Pro 4 in 1 – a fenc­ing tool, used to quickly and ac­cu­rately hang gates – for the Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate Science Fair.

The Pro works as a drill guide, mark­ing out pre­cise mea­sure­ments for gud­geon place­ment, with­out the use of a mea­sur­ing tape.

It can also be used as a lev­eller, has five and seven wire mark­ing for wire place­ment, and is batten height, so can be used as a mea­sure for post ram­ming.

Pa­trick will be com­pet­ing for Grass­roots In­ven­tion of the Year and the Young In­ven­tor of the Year Award (un­der 25 years).

He is also el­i­gi­ble for the Peo­ple’s Choice Award and would ap­pre­ci­ate sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Last week, he ap­plied to take part in a new joint ven­ture be­tween Fiel­d­ays and Waikato en­trepreneur­ship cen­tre SODA Inc.: The Fiel­d­ays In­no­va­tion Den – Pitch for In­vest­ment.

SODA Inc. will se­lect up to 10 in­ven­tors and help them pre­pare their in­ven­tions for a live pitch at the Fiel­d­ays.

The event will give in­ven­tors the chance to ob­tain knowl­edge about the busi­ness world and how to take their in­ven­tions to global mar­kets.

Judges will be a panel of five in­flu­en­tial busi­ness moguls and in­vestors from around New Zealand.

Pa­trick has al­ready se­cured a patent for his in­ven­tion and, with the help of Gavin Had­don at Cooper Aitken, has set up two com­pa­nies un­der his name.

Roskam Adroit Ltd is re­spon­si­ble for man­u­fac­tur­ing and sales and PRCR En­ter­prises Ltd for the patent.

He has also met with Busi­ness Men­tors Waikato, who ad­vised him to sell his idea to an in­vestor.

Pa­trick’s mum, An­gela Roskam, said the process had been a huge learn­ing curve for both her and Pa­trick.

‘‘The real world learn­ing he do­ing is un­beat­able,’’ she said.

‘‘The school has been re­ally sup­port­ive of the whole thing.’’

Pa­trick has been try­ing to set up a meet­ing with Gal­laghers and hopes to find in­vestors in­ter­ested in his idea at the Fiel­d­ays.

He is busy mak­ing plans for his site and has even had black and or­ange rub­ber bands, the Gud­geon Pro colours, put on his braces.

His en­try for the school speech con­test will be a pitch of his in­ven­tion – prac­tice for when he talks to the tens- of- thou­sands of peo­ple ex­pected to visit the In­no­va­tion Cen­tre.

As for pro­ject?

‘‘It’s top se­cret.’’

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In­ven­tive: Twelve-year-old Pa­trick Roskam is tak­ing his Gud­geon Pro 4 in 1 in­ven­tion to the Fiel­d­ays In­no­va­tion Cen­tre. He is pic­tured with his first three pro­to­types.

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