Events

Programme

Ingenuity events are a chance for individuals who are driven to use their ingenuity to drive change across the UK to meet, share ideas and gain insight from other participants and supporters of the programme. This will enable greater understanding, hear from diverse perspectives, and facilitate a better understanding of the key issues we face as a society.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all events and activities will be online for the Ingenuity 20/21 Programme.

Challenge Summits

Map of the UK highlighting North West, East Midlands, West Midlands, West of England and South Coast

March 2021

Ingenuity will take place in four regions across the UK and each event will be hosted by one of our regional University Hosts:

 

  • For the East Midlands – University of Nottingham
  • For the West Midlands – University of Warwick
  • For the South Coast – University of Sussex
  • For the West of England – University of Gloucestershire

 

The online events will explore each of the Challenges from both a national and a regional perspective; featuring specialist speakers, and bringing together those who are interested in creating start-ups and organisational innovation to transform society, change lives, and tackle climate change. The events will take place on the following dates:

 

  • Create Prosperity Summit: 8 March 2021
  • Build Community Summit: 9 March 2021
  • Improve Health Summit: 10 March 2021
  • Tackle Climate Summit: 11 March 2021
Mentoring sessions

Following the Challenge Summits, participants will have access to a half-day mentoring session, where they will work through a structured problem-solving workshop to develop, test and validate their ideas.

  • Create Prosperity: 15 March 2021
  • Build Community: 16 March 2021
  • Improve Health: 17 March 2021
  • Tackle Climate: 18 March 2021
Through the Ingenuity events, I have been able to network and learn from many talented current and future entrepreneurs.
Kate Walker, ExpHand Prosthetics
Regional Finals

May 2021

 

Whilst we understand that the Regional and National Finals will be taking place during the wider university exam period, we have purposefully chosen to use video pitches that can be recorded and submitted during a two-week period at the Finalists’ convenience.

 

In late April 2021, submitted business plans and ideas for organisational innovation will be assessed by a specialist panel, who will shortlist the most innovative Challenge solutions from each region. The shortlisted teams will be asked to create and submit a video pitch, with the most viable ideas from each region then being invited to attend the National Finals.

National Finals

24 – 27 May 2021

Each National Finalist will be assigned a mentor in order to help them develop their pitch for the National Finals. The week will culminate with the Ingenuity Impact Evening, where we will celebrate the Finalists and Winners, and invest in the next generation of impact innovations.

Previous Events

Feeder Events

 

During summer 2020, Ingenuity invested £20,000 in promising early-stage ideas related to the Challenges. You can find out more about the Feeder Events and winning teams for each Challenge below:

 

 

 

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