2022 National Finalists


2022 National Finalists Announced

We’re delighted to announce the 18 teams who have made it through to this year’s Ingenuity National Finals. We were blown away by the quality and diversity of submissions from this year’s Regional Finalists, and our judges faced some tough choices in whittling them down to the top teams for each region.

It’s been brilliant to see our participants grow in confidence and develop their ideas and business plans over the past months and weeks, and the passion for creating meaningful impact in our communities has shone through in every submission.

“It was an absolute pleasure to judge the Ingenuity submissions,” said Holly Ainger, Marketing Director at Nuffield Health. “There was so much variety with so much hard work, research and commitment that went into them, and it wasn’t an easy process to shortlist the top teams for each region! I’m so pleased for the finalists at what is such an amazing potential opportunity for them and I look forward to hearing who wins!”

Professor Simon Mosey, Chair of the Ingenuity Programme added: “It is great to see the diversity of ideas from this years finalists and I am excited to see how their ideas will grow to address the challenges of health, climate and inequality that we all face.”

Let’s meet the 2022 National Finalists:

Yorkshire and Humber


Michaela Lesayova

Leeds Art University

Motion Exercise

Zeezy Qureshi and Ella Hopkin

University of Sheffield

Learning Loved

Geneffa Virjee

University of York

Livingwell will offer applied creative and nature-connection practices and activities to promote better and more sustainable emotional and core wellbeing of the autistic adults community.

Motion Exercise CIC is a Sheffield-based social enterprise that is on a mission to improve the health and happiness of older adults across the United Kingdom, through inclusive group exercise programmes that seek to reduce social isolation and increase physical activity.

Tailored to the English language learning needs of 5–11 year old refugee children and refugee parents, Learning Loved will develop bespoke training programmes for schoolteachers and carers faced with the language learning difficulties of refugee children.

South Coast

NVR South
Aimi Wilmer
Abri resident
Bianca David and Carlos Gonçalves
University of Portsmouth
Community Kettle CIC
Nicole Heard
Abri resident
Love Outdoors CIC

Emma Kemp

Community participant

NVR South aims to create a UK-wide network for parents/carers to find support through the Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) parenting approach when struggling with their children’s difficulties.     

Bikeables helps the elderly and mobility impaired people fight loneliness and social isolation by offering them rides with the rickshaws and disability e-bikes.

Community Kettle plans to develop fully inclusive intergenerational community hubs which will enable children, young people, parents, carers and older adults to participate in ongoing services and programming concurrently at the same site.

Love Outdoors CIC will breakdown barriers to accessing the outdoors, particularly for those on low incomes, living with health conditions, not knowing how to access information or concerns over costs.


East Midlands

Global Dance
Charmaine Daley
Community participant
H.E.R. Bodywear
Alex Perry
Nottingham Trent University
The People's Pantry
Caron Boughassoul and Shoana Khan
Community participants
Ryan Brown
University of Nottingham
Ben Keeble
University of Nottingham
Witty Entrepreneurial Scholar

Global Dance is a practical resource package with easy to follow dance and music from different parts of the globe with cultural attributes, giving children a safe space to talk and learn about difference, race, heritage whilst getting much-needed physical activity.

H.E.R Bodywear aims to create self-esteem boosting lingerie for women who have lost their self-confidence following breast cancer surgery.

The People’s Pantry will provide affordable, culturally appropriate food to community members from low-income households who are struggling to manage their finances.

Cilo is empowering positive climate action by allowing users to see the carbon cost o fproducts, track their daily spending, and receive personalised tips to reduce their impact.

Mobiliaid Ltd will develop a seat raiser product which makes it easier for older people to sit and stand.

South West

Honour thy Woman
Keasha Kellam
Start and Grow Enterprise Gloucestershire
Dave Pearson
Start and Grow Enterprise Gloucestershire
Aspire & Go
Josh Pullen
Hartpury University

Honour Thy Woman is a domestic abuse peer support group which will provide drop-in sessions, creative workshops, self defence classes and health and wellbeing workshops to anyone who has experienced domestic abuse.

Mindminder uses low-cost Amazon Alexa devices to deliver stimulating dialogue to engage dementia sufferers in their own homes or care setting.

Aspire and Go is committed to reducing barriers to sports participation, allowing users to scan a QR code and rent sports equipment at council facilities, making variety of sports more affordable, accessible, and flexible to the local community.  

West Midlands

Golden Token
Dujana Nasir
Birmingham City University
The Uniform Project

Rowchell Green

University of Warwick

Golden Token is focused on early intervention and prevention of young people getting involved in gang violence, and will provide a community hub for local adolescents to learn digital skills.

The Uniform Project aims to empower those from disadvantaged backgrounds and instil confidence in students.  By repurposing uniforms, the project will sustainably equip students with clothing, and reduce the environmental impacts of wastage. 

South East

Shaniqua McKenzie
Goldsmiths University

E.D.I is an unconscious bias training provider, professional lobbying organisation and employee relations support service, aiming to reduce the amount of discrimination that people from underrepresented groups face in recruitment and in the workplace.

If you’re interested in meeting any of our finalists, come to the Ingenuity National Showcase on 17 June at East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham.

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