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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, as well as initiatives within organisations, that deliver sustainable social impact across the UK. The programme is delivered via an online insight and learning platform, 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’s 20/21 programme will be in the East Midlands, West Midlands, the West of England, and across the South Coast.

Ingenuity starts with a Challenge to use business to solve the UK’s biggest social and environmental issues. Our goal is to discover Future Founders, the next generation of impact focused start-ups. And Regional Pioneers driving change from within existing organisations.


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 significant 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 creation of new impact driven enterprise?

Or are you an employee looking to use your volunteering hours to become part of new initiatives that change the area in which you live?


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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