It’s not all Pina Coladas! by Shaq Gibson, Witty Scholar

“Without perspective, the pace of innovation can sometimes be taken for granted. I can say with no inhibitions that my perspective has been thoroughly revisited and updated.”     It’s a hard life A summer break in Jamaica may strike one as more of a vacation than a career-building experience. The non-stop beach weather won’t do …

Building work-ready skills whilst studying

“Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.” (unattributed)   It is widely recognised that whatever the level of educational qualification achieved, studying alone does not equip students to have ‘work- ready skills’. There are many practical, less tangible accomplishments which are just as important in preparing for employment, whether that’s working for …

Persian Geometry Arts Workshop – a celebration of culture

“Artists reach areas far beyond the reach of politicians.  Art lifts the spirit and the morale of those who hear it.”    – Nelson Mandela Communicating culture through Persian Geometry Arts ‘Iran Sheen’ is one of the Ingenuity Lab’s longest established and best-loved businesses.  Elnaz, the founder, is inspired by her roots and the spirit …

Turbo AI: Technology powering improvements in customer experience

“Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we’ll augment our intelligence.” — Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM In today’s blog, we ask Jude Tharakan about his business Turbo AI. Full name:  Jude Tharakan Age:  30 Nationality:  Indian Company name:  Turbo AI™ …

Santander EA18 Awards – pitching for the win

Entering the Santander EA18 Awards has been a great experience already. Doing the pitch really forced us to focus on producing a concise and compelling business proposition. All the feedback has been really helpful and we’re looking forward to the finals now!”  – Seb Kummle, Director, Citylife UK Santander EA18 Awards   Two start-up businesses based in …

Universitas 21 Challenge 2018

“It was exciting to see participants of Universitas 21 delivering creative solutions to real world problems across a range of different fields.”  – George Smith, year 2 Geography student, University of Nottingham (UK) The pros and cons of participating in the Universitas 21 Challenge*. *Disclaimer*: we didn’t win by George Smith. Universitas 21 is a …

Creative competitiveness

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – George S. Patton, U.S. General   What kind of an entrepreneur are you? How would you react to being provided with a box of LEGO, a group of strangers and 15 minutes to answer a …

Press Release: Dining app creators scoop top prize at Ingenuity18

The creators of an app that saves diners time by ‘queuing for them’ at restaurants were the big winners at the UK’s largest innovation event. ‘Walkin’ scooped first prize of £5,000 as well as the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation award of £10,000 at Ingenuity18. The winners were announced at a ceremony at the University of Nottingham …

Using business education to grow your business

Aaron Dicks is Managing Director at Impression, a high-growth digital marketing agency with offices in Nottingham and London. He is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Nottingham Business School and is alumni of the University of Leeds Business School.  Read more: https://www.impression.co.uk Since I started Impression with Tom, my co-founder, in 2012, …

Ingenuity18: Meet the Top 24

From the Ideas Summit right through to the final pitching stages, Ingenuity18 has been an incredible journey of creativity and exploration for many people. With 254 teams globally and over 450 innovators bringing their ideas on how to #FixTheWorld, our amazing judging panel have whittled it down to the Top24 who will be in with …