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December 2, 2016, by Elizabeth Smith

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 weeks, many of the students have begun their internship, and we think it’s time we introduce you to some of them! Drum roll please…


Daniel Higginson

Daniel Higginson, Wraptime intern, The Ingenuity LabAge: 21

Nationality: English

Internship role: Social Media and Event Management Intern (Wraptime)

What are you studying at The University of Nottingham? Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management

Why did you choose to apply for this role on The Ingenuity Lab Internship Scheme?

I really wanted to gain practical experience working alongside a start-up. Hopefully, I can contribute to the growth of the business by increasing brand awareness

What fun fact can you share with us?

I make cheesy puns, it makes me feel great.


Huang Yuqing

Hungry Panda intern, The Ingenuity LabAge: 22

Nationality: Chinese

Internship role: Marketing Intern (Hungry Panda)

What are you studying at The University of Nottingham? Electronic and Communications Engineering

Why did you choose to apply for this role on The Ingenuity Lab Internship Scheme?

I have relevant experience of how to operate P2P (peer-to-peer) platform which meets the needs of Hungry Panda’s core technology. I want to gain more marketing experience and develop the ability to act fast in situations based on logical and rational analysis.

What fun fact can you share with us?

I was the first person to be filmed for The Ingenuity Lab’s new vlog!


Luke Sikuade

Luke John, Luke Sikade, Live The Go, Intern, The Ingenuity LabAge: 20

Nationality: English

Internship role: Social Media Marketing and PR (LiveTheGo)

What are you studying at The University of Nottingham? Ancient History

Why did you choose to apply for this role on The Ingenuity Lab Internship Scheme?

While I’m interested in my course, I don’t intend to pursue it at any professional level. Doing an internship through this scheme is a great opportunity to further my interest in marketing. The flexible working hours offer and the chance to be heavily involved in developing the company (with it being a start-up), massively influenced my decision to apply.


Bhavishya Ramchander

Nutri2Go, Nutri2Go internship, Bhavishya Ramchander, The Ingenuity LabAge: 19

Nationality: Indian

Internship role: Marketing and Social Media (Nutri2Go)

What are you studying at The University of Nottingham? BSc Management

Why did you choose to apply for this role on The Ingenuity Lab Internship Scheme?

I have always been someone who learns from real life case studies and hands-on experience, so the opportunity to develop Nutri2Go’s branding and marketing approach, and build their online social media presence really appealed to me. I’m looking forward to learning more about the start-up culture, and really excited to be a part of this whole movement.

What fun fact can you share with us?

I’m a professional dancer. I have been dancing Bharatanatyam and Bhangra since the age of five, and this month am in Boston, USA, for an international Bhangra competition!


Vincent Egunlae

Vincent Egunlae, VE Paddles, VE Paddles internship, The Ingenuity LabAge: 22

Nationality: British

Internship role: Marketing Assistant (VE Paddles)

What are you studying at The University of Nottingham? International Business MSc

Why did you choose to apply for this role on The Ingenuity Lab Internship Scheme?

The work I am being asked to carry out is so closely related to my chosen career field: Management Consultancy. It’s a flexible project, which is key in such a crucial year with my academic studies and I feel that the experience can contribute to my course experience, as there are many cross-overs between the internship and what I am studying. Working with VE Paddles is an opportunity for me to meet innovative people, and of course – the chance to go white-water rafting!

What fun fact can you share with us?

I am a qualified barista, but I’ve never had a coffee!


Gabriela Wheatley

Gabriela Wheatley, Swapmeat, Swapmeat intern, The Ingenuity LabAge: 20

Nationality: British

Internship role: Marketing (Swapmeat Ltd.)

What are you studying at The University of Nottingham? BA in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Why did you choose to apply for this role on The Ingenuity Lab Internship Scheme?

Over the Summer holidays, I went on a ‘Health and Wellbeing’ course in India focused on Yoga and healthy living. I was keen to find work experience in a place that promotes the ethos of living and eating healthily that I had adopted, and SwapMeat Ltd. perfectly encapsulates this. I’m excited about meeting a whole new range of people, all of whom are ambitious and inspiring.

What fun fact can you share with us?

I’m a member of the Boxing Society at The University of Nottingham.


Finola Billings

Finola Billings, Teen-Behaviour, Teen-Behaviour intern, The Ingenuity LabAge: 19

Nationality: British

Internship role: Marketing and Research (Teen-Behaviour)

What are you studying at The University of Nottingham? English Literature and Language with Creative Writing

Why did you choose to apply for this role on The Ingenuity Lab Internship Scheme?

I began looking at internships in the hope to gain experience and learn. I chose The Ingenuity Lab because I knew that, not only would it do exactly that, it would also be an inspiring and creative place to work.

Working with businesses that are just starting up means that, you, the intern, and the entrepreneur you work for are both working towards one, exciting, common goal of creating a successful new business. The part I am most looking forward to is the event I am currently organising for the company. If this is successful, it could be quite significant for the future impact of Teen-Behaviour and I will know that the work I am doing now has been worthwhile.

What fun fact can you share with us?

I used to Irish dance. Used too. But not willing to demonstrate this any more(!)


We’ve also just uploaded our very first Ingenuity Lab vlog, featuring some of our amazing interns. Make sure you check it out to find out how their experiences have been so far!

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