Ingenuity provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs and community innovators to come together to explore key challenges facing society.
We are a social enterprise started by students, acting as an intermediary between supermarkets, wholesalers, charities and the people of Nottingham to redistribute food. We also sell surplus at a greatly reduced price through our low-cost social supermarket in Sneinton.
The funding from Ingenuity enabled us to launch our supermarket, and become a financially independent, stable organisation.
We created Hey Girls to offer a no leak, super comfy, chlorine and bleach free, environmentally friendly product that tackles period poverty in the UK. How? Well that’s simple – all the profits from our Buy One Give One products go directly to help girls and young women in need.
We seek to enrich the lives of girls and young women in the UK by exercising social and ethical responsibility in every aspect of our work – from where we source our products through to our supply chain, and the way we run our social business.
We wouldn’t have been able to scale up Hey Girls without the support of Big Issue Invest, through Power Up. Not even just the money but the mentoring, the training and the connections we’ve been able to make. With contracting advice, mentoring from top firms across the country, we’ve been able to become a more solid feeling organisation.
Think for the Future was established to use a data-driven approach to tackle social and emotional barriers to learning.
Our social mission is to reduce challenging behaviour in schools and therefore reduce exclusions from mainstream education, allowing an increase in positive behaviours and equipping for success in and outside of the classroom.
We work in partnership with national organisations to provide schools with innovative solutions o ensure that young people reach their full educational potential.
Kohl Kreatives is an inclusive beauty brand and non-profit that aims to empower through make-up. We specialise in cosmetic creation of features lost through illness or accidents, as well helping transgender people who are transitioning.
Proceeds from make-up brush sales are invested into Kohl Kares, providing free make-up workshops internationally to help both men and women recreate features cosmetically. We teach them simple techniques to improve their self-esteem and help them reintegrate into society.
Being part of Ingenuity has been a great opportunity to build my business skills. Sometimes it has felt like you’re being thrown in at the deep end, but that’s often the best way to develop your skills! It’s amazing to be surrounded by people who are there to promote your business and support your growth in all the best ways.