About us

The Ingenuity Programme began in 2016 as a business plan competition for the student and graduate population of the Haydn Green Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HGI) and the wider University of Nottingham. In 2019, we expanded into the wider university community, working externally across the Midlands, Malaysia and China, and were joined by our first university partner, the University of Warwick.

Today, the Ingenuity Programme works with 30 university partners across the UK and focuses solely on creating businesses with impact. We’ve supported some fantastic purpose-driven individuals and start-ups over the last five years and you can find out more about our alumni here.

We are committed to creating diverse networks across the UK, bringing expertise from industry and academia together with lived experience from local communities, in order to find solutions that deliver real change.

Meet the team

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Steve Chapman

Ingenuity Director


The Ingenuity Programme is led by Steve, who is responsible for the overall direction of the programme, and our strategic national partnerships who provide investment for our start-ups. 

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John Montague

Strategy Consultant


John works alongside the Ingenuity Director to develop the programme’s strategy, growth and partnerships. As a previous Director of The Big Issue Invest, he loves to see purpose-driven businesses achieve sustainable growth, including our Ingenuity start-ups! 

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Elizabeth Smith

Head of Programme 


Elizabeth oversees the delivery of the Ingenuity Programme, and leads our university and regional partnership development. She is passionate about the ‘levelling-up’ agenda and is committed to ensuring people are given the skills, training, networks, and routes to funding to help drive community -led action. 

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Emily Huggett

Marketing Manager 


Emily manages the marketing and communications for the Ingenuity Programme and is responsible for the in-programme communications. She’s passionate about creating a more equal society for all, particularly in the area of racial justice. 

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Craig Butterworth

Ingenuity Coordinator


Craig ensures the smooth day-to-day running of Ingenuity, supporting the Head of Programme to arrange our annual summit and organise ongoing support for our start-ups. Craig also chairs the University of Nottingham’s LGBTQ+ Staff Network and is tackling climate change locally by growing his own veg!

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Josef Bone

Marketing Assistant 


Joe is responsible for the content creation across Ingenuity’s social media channels, and supports the Marketing Manager to deliver programme communications. Joe is passionate about establishing greener, healthier and more cooperative modes of living in our local communities.

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Tom Coogan

Academic in Residence 


The Ingenuity Programme is supported by our Academic in Residence Tom, who takes our participants through a step-by-step process to find and validate their ideas. His research focuses on disability and identity within entrepreneurship, and works to ensure the programme is accessible to all. 

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 846 6193 Email: ingenuity@nottingham.ac.uk

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