katie of ExpHand Prosthetics alumni

The programme

The Ingenuity Programme runs online from December 2021 to June 2022.

Begin by choosing one of our three areas of focus, and attend the summit to understand how the challenge affects local, regional and national communities. Work your way through the Develop Platform to learn how to identify and develop your idea into a business that creates impact, and submit a brief business plan to compete for significant investment and specialist support!

Homeless young man of colour

The Challenges

The 2022 programme focuses on three key challenges: building stronger communities, improving health, and tackling climate change. Within these challenges, we’ll be looking at:

  • People, places, and prospects
  • Starting well, living well,
    and ageing well
  • Travel, home, and nature

The Summit

Once you’ve chosen your area of focus, join us online to gain a deeper understanding from local community leaders, regional panellists, and industry experts at our annual summit. We’ll hear from keynote speakers and our host partners will deliver regional sessions to explore the priorities in your local area.

The Develop Platform

You can access learning resources and tutorials to help you identify and refine your idea on our Develop Platform. We’ve gathered interviews and insights from charity specialists, industry experts, and previous Ingenuity winners, to help you take your idea and turn it into a business plan. The Platform also includes a step-by-step process to help you think through the finance, marketing, impact measurement, copyright, and organisational development of your solution.

luke being mentored by simon mosey

The Competition

Once you have identified and developed your solution, you can enter your idea to be in with a chance of winning significant investment and support.

After an initial review, the shortlisted individuals and teams will work with a mentor to create a business plan and pitch. Following a second round of judging and feedback, the finalists will spend two days refining their pitch and plan with a specialist mentor, ahead of the national finals in June 2022.

If you’re not shortlisted, don’t worry! We’ll signpost you to local support services who will be able to assist you in developing your idea further.

prize winners cheering

The Prizes

The winners of the following prizes will be announced at our National Ingenuity Showcase on 17 June 2022:

  • Impact Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Communities Challenge Champion
  • Health Challenge Champion
  • Climate Change Challenge Champion
  • Regional Champions

This year’s programme also includes in-kind support packages from our partners Shakespeare Martineau and Empiric Student Property. Find out more about the winners of our 2021 programme here.

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