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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 that deliver sustainable social and environmental impact across the UK. The free 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 national programme looking to invest in the next generation of impact driven start-ups that will transform society and the environment. The Programme runs from March – May 2021 and includes a network of the UK’s most innovative universities, corporate, public and third sector organisations. It is open to all those living within our four Ingenuity Regions: East Midlands, West Midlands, the West of England, and across the South Coast.

Innovators select one of our four Challenge Pathways, and through the Challenge Summits, Mentoring Sessions, and the industry insights and tutorials available on the Develop Platform, you will build business solutions to tackle issues facing communities across the UK. You are then supported in creating a business plan and pitching to industry experts and investors, with the most viable business solutions receiving significant investment and specialist mentoring at the end of the programme.


Take Part?

Ingenuity offers a comprehensive programme of insight and inspiration, collaboration and partnership, skills and training, and business plan creation and investment. Through the Ingenuity Programme, you can:  

  • Explore the big issues of our time
  • Develop a robust business plan
  • Pitch to industry experts
  • Compete for investment and support
  • Launch to create impact across the UK

You will also have access to insights from leading think tanks, charities, industry experts, universities, national and local government, and the wider community as you develop your business ideas.

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

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 looking for volunteering opportunities 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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