Members of the public from any of the eight Ingenuity regions, in addition to students, alumni and staff from any of our University Partners, can join the programme. You can choose to just join us for the summit (Summit Delegate) or for the full programme (Programme Participant).
Industry professionals and entrepreneurs can join the programme as a mentor who volunteers to work with a group of one or more of the mentoring sessions. They will work with participants offering guidance and advice on creating new business models through to specialist challenge related knowledge.
Yes! The Ingenuity Programme is designed to be accessible for people with a range of experiences and professional/academic backgrounds. The Develop Platform will provide you with all the tools, training and knowledge needed to help you set up a new business venture.
There is one registration form for both Summit Delegates and Programme Participants, with the option to select which part of the programme you’d like to attend. The registration form for the 2022 programme is open until 2 February 2022, although those wanting to attend the Ingenuity Summit should sign up prior to the 2 December 2021. Mentors can sign up to join the programme using this registration form until 11 March 2022.
Participants can register to take part in one of our three challenges. There will be an option on your registration form to indicate which challenge you have chosen. You will be able to attend additional days of the Ingenuity Summit and access relevant resources on the Develop Platform should you wish. Please indicate which additional summit day you would like to attend when you submit your registration form.
The Ingenuity Programme takes place from December 2021 to May 2022. To be eligible for pitching and prizes, you must have worked through at least 15 hours of the Develop Platform, including engaging with your relevant summit sessions, prior to the submission deadline in March 2022. This can be through attending the live online events, or catching up on keynote recordings on the Develop Platform.
If your business plan is shortlisted, you will be expected to submit a video pitch, and may be invited to attend the National Finals and Impact Evening.
We would like mentors to be part of at least one of the mentoring sessions, which is a two hour commitment. The registration form allows you to select the dates you are available for, and the Ingenuity Team will confirm the times and dates following the registration deadline on the 11 March. Please note, we will not allocate mentors more than three sessions.
The Develop Platform enables you to identify your solution and develop it from an idea to a business plan. If you have registered for the full programme, you will receive your login details for the platform after the summit.
Your idea should address a key issue in your local area or region, with the ambition that it can be scaled up and implemented across the UK eventually. Your solution may impact on communities and environments outside of the UK but your primary focus should be the development of society and the environment within the UK. We will provide you with tools and support on the Develop Platform to help you make a scalable business model.
You can apply either as an individual or take part as a team of up to four.
There will be opportunities during the Ingenuity events to meet other participants, discuss your idea with others and have some peer-to-peer support alongside the mentoring. You may also find fellow participants who love your idea, and want to work with you to develop it. Similarly, you may meet someone and decide to develop a new idea with them.
All team members must complete the initial registration form. There is an option in the form to input your team name and members to help us identify every member. We ask your team members to do this so we can comply with the Equality and Diversity Act, and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Yes, but the product must be at pre-trading, or have started trading no more than 12 months at the time of applying.
To be eligible for pitching and prizes, you must have worked through at least 20 hours of the Develop Platform and engaged with your summit and mentoring session. This can be through attending the live online events, or catching up on keynote recordings on the Develop Platform.
At the business plan and pitching stage of the programme, judges will only consider material provided through the official Ingenuity submission form. Any additional materials given to assessors or judges will be ignored.
Ingenuity provides first-time funding as investments and grants for early-stage business ideas. The programme is not open to businesses who have already received investment, assigned equity, or significant grants and awards previously. In short, we look at how much impact our funding could have. For example, if you have already raised £1million then a £50,000 loan or grant is unlikely to offer the impact we would like.
If you have already received grant funding or investment for your business idea, and would like to check whether you are eligible to take part in the programme, contact email@example.com. Enquiries will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Yes, but your business or idea must not have received investment or been assigned equity. Any grants or awards in the past two years must be declared at the time of applying or throughout the Ingenuity Programme. You cannot have won a ‘top prize’ at previous Ingenuity Competitions (2016 – 2021).
No, all events and activities will be online for the 2022 programme and there is no upper limit for participants.
No, however you will need approval from your employer to take part in the Programme.
Yes, Ingenuity is committed to eliminating unjustified discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity and good relations across and between equality groups. We welcome registrations from all sections of the community and do not discriminate on the grounds of gender, disability, age, race/ethnicity, religion, philosophical belief or sexual orientation.
Yes, the programme is open to all individuals, including those with disabilities. If you have a disability, please let us know if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to enable your participation. All activity for the 2022 programme is online.
There is no upper age limit for taking part in Ingenuity, however all participants must be over the age of 18 at the time of registering to take part.