The Ingenuity Programme at the University of Nottingham is looking to recruit local residents, from a diverse range of backgrounds, to join its spring 2021 cohort and explore solutions to some of the biggest social issues facing the UK.
The programme is particularly interested in recruiting Nottingham City residents from low-income households or with lived experience of issues such as poverty, poor housing, health, disabilities and isolation.
What is the Ingenuity Programme?
The University of Nottingham has partnered with Ingenuity, who are passionate about using business to solve social issues, and have created a programme that helps people to do just that. They bring together people from a variety of backgrounds to explore solutions to some of the biggest social issues faced by the UK, including poverty and climate change.
Local residents from across Nottingham City are welcome to join the programme to help develop an idea to help tackle the issues facing their community. In doing so, they will gain access to tutorials and insights from industry experts, as well as mentoring support and a chance to receive significant investment.
The main elements of the Ingenuity Programme
There are four main elements to the Ingenuity Programme, which runs from March-May 2021:
- Challenge Summits: Explore the major issues facing the UK today and how business can be used to tackle them
- Develop Platform: Your online learning journey including insights from industry experts and all the tools you need for starting a business
- Mentoring Sessions: Develop your idea further with support from industry experts
- Business Plan Competition: Submit your business plan to be in with a chance of winning specialist mentoring and significant investment
Register your interest in joining The Ingenuity Programme here.
Nottingham community development and business experts sought for mentoring sessions
The programme is also looking for community development and business experts to join them for a half-day mentoring session on 15,16,17 or 18 March 2021.
Mentors will work with a group of young people to help test and validate their business ideas and planned impact.
If you're interested in joining one of the sessions, please contact Elizabeth Smith, Head of Programme and East Midlands Lead for The Ingenuity Programme, email Lizzie.Smith@nottingham.ac.uk