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Through Enterprise

Since 2016, Ingenuity’s mission has been to find bold new ideas that make a difference to the world we live in.

Ingenuity helps create start-ups and initiatives within organisations that deliver sustainable social impact across the UK. The programme is delivered via an online insight and learning platform, regional Challenge summits and a national business plan competition with significant investment and support.   

As we emerge from the global crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ingenuity and its partners are committed to explore the big issues we face and help drive recovery to rebuild our economy and society.

What is


Ingenuity is a partnership of the UK’s most innovative academic, commercial, public and third sector organisations.

Ingenuity starts with a Challenge. Participants will choose one of four pathways: Create Prosperity, Build Communities, Improve Health and Tackle Climate Change.

Our goal is to discover the Future Founders who will create new impact focused start-ups and lead the change towards a better and more inclusive future.

Ingenuity will also work with motivated individuals within organisations and help them develop as Regional Pioneers, so that their organisations can drive positive change in their local communities.

Ingenuity’s 2020 programme will be in the East Midlands, West Midlands, the West of England, and across the South Coast.


Take Part?

Ingenuity offers a comprehensive programme of insight and inspiration, collaboration and partnership, skills and training, and business plan creation and investment.   

By taking part you will: 

  • Gain an understanding of key social and environmental issues in order to develop your business ideas.
  • Be inspired by insights from leading think tanks, charities, impact innovators.
  • Learn from experts in industry, universities, national and local government, charities and the wider community to develop business solutions.
  • Pitch to industry specialists at regional and national events and compete for over £400,000 of investment and support.

Get involved


Future Founders

Interested in creating a new start-up that has social or environmental impact at the core of its activity and purpose?

Regional Pioneers

Already working within communities, health, or the environment and looking to add value to the scope and impact of your work?

Or are you an employee who would like to be more innovative and responsible in your work, or interested in creating impactful civic projects for your organisation?


Are you a business development specialist who would like to share your knowledge to help create innovative business models?

Or a leader working in financial exclusion, community development, improving public health, or tackling climate change and able to add insight and direction to these new businesses?

I want to grow my ideas
I want to get involved

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