Scale 2021 – Izzie and Sam’s story

This summer, Ingenuity Lab members took part in the second cohort of our annual accelerator programme, Scale. The programme is designed for members who are eager to take their business to the next level.   Scale helps to ensure Lab members’ businesses are viable, innovative and scalable, with online seminars running throughout the summer and expert advice on hand from business mentors.  Sisters Izzie and Sam Hurst, who run …

This time I mean it – Paul Kirkham

This week, Paul Kirkham retires after over a decade of supporting ingenuity and innovation at the Haydn Green Institute. “HGI will not be the same without Paul’s creativity, generosity and well honed ability to debunk whatever intellectual fashions are being sold as the answer to all our problems”, said HGI Director Professor Simon Mosey. “He …

Stepping out of your comfort zone with YES

For 24 years, science and engineering researchers, from UK universities, have been stepping out of their comfort zones to take part in the Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) – a competition developed to raise awareness of how ideas can be commercialised. Over this time, around 6,000 researchers have invested hours of preparation to deploy novel ideas …

Dr Chris Carter wins Dearing Award for Innovative Teaching

Dr Chris Carter, Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, has been recognised for his Innovative Teaching at the Annual Lord Dearing Awards this month. The Lord Dearing Award Scheme has, since 1999, recognised the outstanding achievements of University of Nottingham staff in enhancing the student learning experience. Recipients of the Dearing Awards are nominated by …

Entrepreneurial Creativity: MSc Student Blogs

One of the most popular modules on the MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management at HGI is Entrepreneurial Creativity, run by Dr Chris Carter. The module is designed for budding entrepreneurs to understand, experience and explore the business planning process while learning how to use different theories and creative techniques to solve problems and generate new …

Ingenuity Lab Announces Spring Events Programme – Get Involved!

It’s now been a whole year since the pandemic changed the way we live: last March, we closed the doors of the Ingenuity Lab, not knowing when we would return. Like everyone, we’ve had to adapt how we operate, and since then we have strived to maintain our usual level of support for our budding …

International Women’s Day – Dr Lorna Treanor

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate women’s achievements and to highlight the progress yet to be made in terms of equality, diversity and inclusion. At the Haydn Green Institute, our research considers these issues in relation to both entrepreneurship and innovation. Dr Lorna Treanor’s work with the Women’s Enterprise Policy Group has previously …

Building-up an ecosystem for organic agriculture in China

In the latest of his GCRF Research blogs, Dr Bin Wu writes about his recent project with Yibing Wang, Research Director at the YouChange Foundation, about the GF Tea Company in China. Responding to the increasing need for healthy food, in recent years there is a new trend of reverse capital flow from the urban to rural areas of China to develop organic agriculture. A challenge facing urban investors is in mobilising small farmers’ participation and changing the latter’s attitudes and production styles to meet new standards. It is largely dependent upon whether mutual trust and collaborative …

Build back better and Build back differently – Prof. Simon Mosey

As we return to work after the holidays, an age-old debate is being revisited in online meetings across the world. One side of the debate can be summarised by the catchy alliteration of ‘build back better’ – we define this as incremental innovation, carefully and painstakingly improving on what we have done previously. The other …

Social innovation for community development and environmental protection in natural reserve parks of China

Dr Bin Wu has published a new case study on the natural reserve parks of China. The report, authored alongside Xiaomei Liu, looks at social innovation for community development and environmental protection at the Yunhe Centre in Ganzi. Accounting for nearly 15% of its national territory area, China’s 2,750 nature reserve parks (NRPs) play a …