Meet the team behind The Ingenuity Lab

“It takes two flints to make a fire” – Louisa May Alcott We have had an incredibly exciting few months at The Ingenuity Lab. We established The Ingenuity Competition as the biggest entrepreneurship competition in the UK. The Ingenuity Lab Internship Scheme began helping a range of students gain work experience, and are now beginning to recruit …

5 top tips for a great Ingenuity17 application!

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt Running your own business can be incredibly rewarding. It gives you the power to be flexible about when and with whom you work, and provides you with the chance to turn your passion into your career. With small businesses accounting for …

New Year, New You, New Goals

“There’s so much stacked against you as an entrepreneur that you just have to will yourself to the next phase” – Neil Kraft Welcome to 2017! Now is the perfect time for reflecting on 2016’s achievements and considering your goals for the coming 12 months. It’s a chance to make a fresh start, and improve you and …

Dolly Peters: Acing entrepreneurship

At The Ingenuity Lab, no day is the same and every member has a different story and requirements.  As a group, we support each other, collaborate and ensure we have as much fun along the day; creating a melting pot of ideas!  Each week, we will introduce one of our exemplary members and their business …

The Young Entrepreneur Scheme Finals 2016

“Being an entrepreneur isn’t really about starting a business. It’s a way of looking at the world: seeing opportunity where others see obstacles, taking risks when others take refuge” – Michael Bloomberg Unleashing ingenuity Now into its 21st year, the Young Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) provides an opportunity for early career researchers to gain an insight …

The benefits of an inspirational working environment

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have” – Maya Angelou The Ingenuity Lab’s mission is to create an environment where entrepreneurs can channel their creativity and start their own enterprises. This innovative culture our community adopts is a fantastic way to generate new ideas. Our big move to The Ingenuity Centre …

Meet the Interns!

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” – Benjamin Franklin Following a successful pilot in 2015, The Ingenuity Lab Internship scheme has expanded for 2016/17, with an ambition of 20 students joining Ingenuity Lab based businesses as interns throughout the academic year. Over the past few …

Women in Business Awards 2016

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it” – Estee Lauder The Nottingham Post’s Women in Business Awards aim to celebrate and inspire female entrepreneurs and businesswomen. From funeral directors to fitness instructors, the awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase the successful women based in Nottinghamshire. After hundreds of nominations, 36 women were shortlisted across …

Top SEO Tips for Start-ups

What is SEO? Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the name given to the activity that attempts to improve search engine rankings. In our digital era, it is one of the most important aspects to consider when building a business. It enables you business to become visible to potential customers and clients, is an effective branding strategy …

Joined Up Writing: Building a successful business

During Ingenuity17, a range of successful business men and women based in Nottingham and further afield will be mentoring The University of Nottingham’s budding entrepreneurs. Their guidance and advice will be incredibly useful for the students and alumni competing for the £100,000 prize fund. As applications for the competition are now open, we thought we’d begin the BIG …