New national programme launched to help budding start-ups

October 8th, 2020

Ingenuity is a national programme looking to invest in the next generation of impact driven start-ups that will transform society and the environment.

What is the University’s involvement?
Ingenuity is a product of UoN, having first launched here in 2015. This is the first year they have opened it up nationally, and second year of hosting regional activity. They are partnering with the following universities in the region to establish Ingenuity East Midlands. Together, they are looking for great start-up ideas that could help drive the region’s recovery from coronavirus and help rebuild a better society, economy and climate post-Covid.

  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Derby University
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Lincoln
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Leicester

How can people from the University take part?
Ingenuity is open to students, staff, researchers and graduates from across the university. There are three pathways they can choose to take part:

Future Founders: students, alumni and researchers wanting to set up their own impact-driven start-up.

Regional Pioneers: staff who want to volunteer to be part of the programme and learn more about social innovation and help the university have greater civic impact.

Mentoring: senior staff (academic and professional services) who want to volunteer to mentor and support the development news ideas. We are looking for business experts and sector specialists for this role.

Support with recruitment
The sign-up period is now open and runs until Thursday 12 November 2020, and the opportunity is open to all members of the university.

All information about the programme can be found at the Ingenuity East Midlands Website.

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