Boy inventor at Fieldays
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.’’
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.