Impact Through Enterprise

The Ingenuity Programme is a national innovation programme that directly addresses the UK’s major social, health, and environmental challenges through the creation of impactful new start-ups.

The most impactful ideas are awarded top prizes and receive a share of £75,000 in prize funding.

Ingenuity Programme alumna Katie Walker of ExpHand Prosthetics

What is Ingenuity?

Rooted in the concept of civic entrepreneurship, Ingenuity brings together students, graduates and members of the local community to develop new start-ups that can create meaningful and significant impact.

We want to cultivate a community of innovative and empathetic entrepreneurs ready to rethink and reshape our society from the bottom up.

Gain one-on-one support from specialist mentors to develop your idea into a business plan and be in with a chance of receiving significant investment and support.

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Make your mark

With a strong commitment to promoting inclusive and diverse entrepreneurship, we have created a flexible programme designed to fit alongside your work, study or family commitments.

We’re proud to say our 2023 changemakers were 56% BAME and 51% women and are eager to continue to engage innovators from under-represented and underserved groups across the UK.

Through our Ingenuity Skills Hub, you will be able to access learning resources and tutorials to help you build your skills as a civic entrepreneur and start making a difference in your community.

“Ingenuity has been the most exciting and rewarding experience I could dream to be a part of. I have met some amazing and inspiring people have had the most amazing support and encouragement from wonderful Ingenuity team.”
Michaela Lesayova, livingwell - 2022 Yorkshire and Humber Champion

2023 Impact Report

Read our 2023 Impact Report to hear about how we’ve supported over 300 changemakers through world-class skills and training, mentoring and pitch development. Find out more about our National Finalists and Regional Champions and how we’re mobilising the concept of civic entrepreneurship to create a lasting impact for our changemakers.



Hear our stories

If you have an idea or are motivated to see change, Ingenuity is ready to help you get off to the best start. Our brilliant alumni are already creating real impact across the UK.

Find out more about the challenges they’re tackling by clicking on their images.

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