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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, engage across society, 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.

Based at the University of Nottingham, our aim is to harness our collective intelligence, capacity and determination to create new enterprises and encourage organisational innovation. 

Our goal is to use business as a tool to enable future founders to create new start-ups that will produce sustainable initiatives and change lives across the UK. 

Ingenuity will also work with motivated individuals within organisations across the UK and develop them as regional pioneersso that their organisations can have a positive impact on their local communities.

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:

  • Work in diverse groups to explore the key social and environmental issues the UK faces.
  • Be inspired by insights from leading think tanks, charities, impact entrepreneurs and NGOs.
  • Work with experts from industry, universities, national and local government, charities and the wider community to develop business solutions.
  • Pitch and get feedback from industry specialists at regional and national finals, and compete for over £400,000 of investment and support.



Ingenuity offers participants the choice of one of four Challenge pathways. These are designed to allow individuals to focus their development, work with like-minded innovators and gain a regional and national understanding of the Challenges.

  • Create prosperity
  • Build community
  • Improve health
  • Tackle climate change


for Ingenuity today

Are you:

  • Interested in creating a new start-up that has social or environmental impact at the core of its activity and purpose?
  • Already working within communities, health, or environment and looking to add value to the scope and impact of your work?
  • An employee and would like to be more innovative and responsible in your work or create impactful civic projects for your organisation?
  • A business development specialist who would like to share your knowledge to help create innovative business models?
  • A leader working in financial exclusion, community development, improving public health, or tackling climate change able to add insight and direction?
  • A leader of an organisation looking to have greater impact, be responsible in its practice and engage staff and resources towards positive social change?

Register your interest

Ingenuity is for:

Future Founders

Students, alumni, researchers, staff and those associated with an Ingenuity partner university who are interested in setting up an impact-led business. Future Founders can also be individuals from outside the university community who are interested in setting up an impact-led business.

Regional Pioneers

Individuals from corporate, small and medium sized enterprises, or public and third sector organisations who want to take part in the programme to develop a greater understanding of social and environmental issues in their local area.

Business Leaders

We also want to hear from you if you are a business-leader wanting to use your skills and experience to help the next generation of change-makers.

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Ingenuity:

I want to grow my ideas
I want to get involved

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