Ingenuity19 Awards Dinner

May 20, 2019, by The Ingenuity Lab

Ingenuity19: Ideas to Transform our Future

The next generation of innovators leave their mark on the Midlands

We have now reached the end of what has been a pivotal year for Ingenuity.

The Ingenuity19 process began with over 700 applications from young innovators from across the region, and ended the programme awarding £150,000 of funding to 18 brilliant new enterprises.

Ingenuity19’s aim was to stimulate minds and assist in the creation of sustainable business solutions to build a stronger and fairer UK economy and society. We are confident the businesses that have received funding to develop their ideas can go along way in helping to achieve this vision.

How we got here…

Since its inception four years ago, Ingenuity has attracted over 1,500 participants and awarded over £450,000 in funding for enterprising ideas.

With the help of Experian, this year it was opened up to the public to fulfil our ambitions of attracting new voices, perspectives and ideas from all parts of our diverse society. We engaged with over 30 community partners, 8 universities, and worked with more than 450 innovators to collaborate and enable social and commercial enterprise creation.

The Ingenuity19 Summits

Ingenuity19 DomeWe kicked off Ingenuity19 in February with the Future Communities Summit and the Future Technology Summit.

The Future Communities Summit offered an understanding of the experience of poverty in Nottingham and other UK cities. It explored the barriers that exist, before focusing on how to develop sustainable social enterprise. Speakers included experts from Switch-Up, UnLtd, Big Issue, Good Things Foundation, Nottingham City Council and Experian.

Ingenuity19 DomeThe Future Technology Summit provided a macro view from international experts on where tech is, and where it is going. Google talked innovation, before the essentials of AI and the psychology of tech design was covered. Market insights from Experian’s Data Lab were presented before a look ahead to what technology could become and its effect on society. Thank you to Google, Filament AI, Goldsmiths University, Experian, De Monfort University, Innovate UK and UoN’s very own Prof. Steve Benford for providing the brilliant content for the weekend!

Develop Programme

We also took our participants through the 6-week Develop skills programme where they gained the tools to turn ideas into costed business plans. Based on the Institute’s 20 years of innovation an entrepreneurship education, seminars, keynotes, specialist Q&As, and a library of resources resulted in 215 aspiring innovators submitting their entries to the Ingenuity Competition.

The Competition

Following assessment from independent judges, the top 41 ideas were shortlisted, and teams were invited to two weeks of intensive pitching for their part of the £150,000 prize fund.

For many, this was their first time pitching in front of a panel, and it was great to see the encouragement judges such as Julie Doleman (Global MD of Consumer Expansion, Experian), Candida Brudenell (Assistant CEO, Nottingham City Council) and Lars Hagelmann (Head of Fund Operations, Big Issue Invest) gave to our fantastic finalists.

The winners 

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Scholarship: Sustainable Water
  • Experian Entrepreneur of the Year: ExpHand Prosthetics
  • Experian Commercial Potential Prize: Proodle and Equinov
  • Experian Social Impact Prize: Seedify and Nottingham Arimathea Trust
  • Smallwood Trust Innovation Prize: Teen Behaviour and idooa
  • People’s Choice Award: ExpHand Prosthetics
  • Santander Enterprise Awards: Sustainable Water, Proodle, Equinov, Major Oak Education, Seedify, Hotels that Help, Witty Muse, MindMap, STEM Connect, Mita AI, Urban Verti Farms and Follow the Orient
  • The Brenda Dean Ingenuity Scholarships: Sustainable Water, ExpHand Prosthetics and Nottingham Arimathea Trust
  • Witty Scholars Award: Junelle Ayettey and Kathryn Moore
  • Research-Related Enterprise Award: Teen-Behaviour
  • Sainsbury Management Fellows (Engineers in Business) Award: Proodle, ExpHand Prosthetics and Sustainable Water
  • Shakespeare Martineau Award: Seedify and Equinov
  • BDO Award: ExpHand Prosthetics and Seedify

We have attached the elevator pitches and asks of all the Ingenuity19 Top 41 to this post. If there are any ideas you could add value to, please get in touch at!

Quote from Kate Walker of ExpHand Prosthetics on the impact Ingenuity19 has had on her. Sitting on a branded Ingenuity19 background.

Looking ahead

Santander Enterprise Award winersWe are now turning our attention to how we can help the winners of Ingenuity19 implement their ideas and connect them with relevant elevators to help them achieve impact. We are also exploring ideas for Ingenuity20, and in particular how we can strengthen our community and corporate partnerships further.

If you would like to join us on this journey, get in touch with us at



The elevator pitches of b our bridge, B.LAB, Bespoke Life Coaching, and Flourish. Sitting on a branded Ingenuity19 template.

Elevator pitches of Foodprint, Go Vision, Hotels that Help CIC, Ideal Pack, idooa, Mind Map, Matthew 25:40, and Sankofa Sanitation. Sitting on a branded Ingenuity19 template.

Elevator pitches of Seedify, Stem & Leaf, STEMapp, STEMconnect, Sustainable Water, The Nottingham Arimathea Trust, Uplift, Vizu and Zero Green. Sitting on a branded Ingenuity19 template.

Elevator pitches of Aitch Veeoff, Altera Creations, Biophrame Technologies, Buildacontact, Cerebrum Matter, Equinov, ExpHand Prosthetics and Fluently. On a branded Ingenuity19 template.

Elevator pitches of Follow the Orient, HandyVet, Major Oak Education, Makers of Imaginary Worlds, Mita, Muesli Master, Previsico and Proodle Solutions. On a branded Ingenuity19 template.

Elevator pitches of SitSafe by Seed Essentials, Teen-Behaviour.Com, Urban Verti Farms and Witty Muse. Image also includes Ingenuity19 contact details and social media platforms.


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