January 11, 2017, by The Ingenuity Lab

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 the second cohort of interns. Over 100 active Ingenuity Lab businesses are looking forward to moving into our new bespoke space in The Ingenuity Centre.

You may also have noticed, our team has grown quite a bit over the past 12 months. Together, we support the ethos of The Ingenuity Lab: exploration, co-operation and collaboration, and work to support University students and alumni to realise their entrepreneurial potential.

Steve Chapman: Head of The Ingenuity Lab

Steve Chapman, Steve Chapman ingenuity lab, Steven Chapman, Ingenuity LabSteve joined The Ingenuity Lab in December 2014 following a career that ranged from banking through to Film. Over his career he has worked for the likes of JP Morgan and Citibank, was an Assistant Director of projects such as Saving Private Ryan, The Boxer and EastEnders and locally was responsible for setting up Nottingham’s creative industries hub, Antenna.  Steve is also the Director of innovative home brand Fenton Art + Design, and dance fitness brand, Ballestics.

Steve is responsible for the strategy, development and operations of The Ingenuity Lab, working across the University and externally, to raise the profile and develop new and exciting opportunities for The Ingenuity Lab.

Steve’s pastimes include regularly visiting the gym, running and sleeping, when possible!

Rob Carroll: Professor in Practice of Venture Capital and Private Equity

Rob Carroll, Catapult Ventures, Ingenuity Lab, Venture Capitalist Nottingham, Professor in Venture Capital and Private Equity, University of Nottingham, Nottingham University Business SchoolRob is a Director of Catapult Ventures, which is a UK-based venture capital investor with £130m under management, and he also chairs Catapult’s Investment Committees.

He has lectured at Nottingham University Business School since 2011 in Venture Capital and Private Equity and was appointed Honorary Professor in August 2013. This year, he became Professor in Practice for The Haydn Green Institute (HGI).

In The Ingenuity Lab, Rob advises members on business development and investment readiness.

Rob enjoys golf, running, travelling and rugby.

Dr Terri Holloway: Ingenuity Lab Coordinator

Terri Holloway, SwapmeatTerri is Director of Swapmeat Ltd, a nutrition consulting company specialising in disease prevention through plant-based diets.

She also recently became Coordinator of The Ingenuity Lab, which sees her in charge of the operations side of The Ingenuity Lab. She was also heavily involved in the organisation of the Nottingham in Parliament Day, where we were lucky enough to showcase three of our amazing members.

When she’s not in the office or running Swapmeat Ltd, Terri enjoys taking Zumba classes at her local gym.


Genelva Meikle: HGI Marketing and Events Consultant

Genelva Meikle, Haydn Green Institute, Ingenuity Lab, Marketing Ingenuity LabGenelva Meikle is the Director of Mish Mash Communications, an event and marketing company, encouraging unique and creative collaboration.  She has 14 years’ experience in delivering seamless events, whilst working within a range of sectors including fashion, arts, retail and education.

Genelva joined The Ingenuity Lab in November 2015 and is responsible for managing the delivery of HGI and Ingenuity Lab events and identifying the marketing and communications needs.

Her past times include yoga, meditating, ‘dancing as if no one is watching’ and eating out.

Shalen Fu: HGI Marketing and Events Assistant

Shalen Fu, HGI Marketing, LSE AlumniShalen joined the team in November 2016 as is currently redeveloping the Haydn Green Institute website, developing our online presence and assists with the planning and delivery of a range of upcoming events.

She recently graduated from London School of Economics with a Distinction in her MA in Marketing and Communications.

As well as being an amazing photographer, one of Shalen’s hobbies is collecting interesting erasers, something she has been doing for 20 years.


Lizzie Smith: Ingenuity Lab Marketing and Events Assistant

Lizzie Smith, Ingenuity Lab, Marketing Ingenuity Lab, Geography Alumni, Nottingham Alumni Lizzie is currently studying for a MA in Landscape and Culture at The University of Nottingham, after completing her Geography in 2016. She previously worked as a Digital Content Manager at Motionspot, a start-up that designs high-end accessible bathrooms.

Lizzie joined the team in February 2016, and is responsible for the planning and delivery of all our social media and blogs. She assists in the delivery of The Ingenuity Competition and other events organised by The Ingenuity Lab.

Lizzie is currently in training for the Berlin Marathon, and spends most of her weekends driving up and down the country for ballroom dance lessons and competitions.


Lili Zhu: Ingenuity Lab Administrator

Lili Zhu, Lian Mask, Nottingham Alumni Lili is the Director of LianMask, a cosmetic company that introduces effective and fun skincare solution to the market.

She recently joined the team, and is responsible for day to day running of The Ingenuity Lab. Lili also assists the operation team in delivering key events, such as Ingenuity17, and coordinating Ingenuity Lab socials.

She is trying to have as much fun as she can, in work and in life. And she really likes her cat – Spock.



As you can see, the team is made up from people from a range of professional backgrounds, giving us the chance to always learn from one another.

If you have any queries about The Ingenuity Lab or how you can become a member, please get in touch at ingenuitylab@nottingham.ac.uk.

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