About the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Based in the prestigious Nottingham University Business School, the institute was launched in June 2000 by Professor Martin Binks, with support from the Department of Trade and Industry and the East Midlands Development Agency as The University of Nottingham Institute for Enterprise and Innovation (UNIEI).
In February 2013, local charity The Haydn Green Charitable Trust donated £1.5million to the institute and it was re-named the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in recognition of this generous gift. The endowment is allowing the institute to build its education programmes and research to benefit both students and the regional business community, meeting a key Government agenda by helping to develop entrepreneurial skills.
UNIEI is re-named as the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The institute’s mission is to be a centre of excellence in the development of enterprise and entrepreneurial skills, innovation and understanding the commercialisation of research. Globally, it is recognised that creativity, innovation, risk, knowledge transfer and technology transfer are key to competitiveness. The institute aims to broaden and deepen the development of entrepreneurial skills that are so important in today’s economy. This will encourage innovation and growth in the short, medium, and long term both regionally and nationally.
Encouraging student innovation and enterprise
Entrepreneurial students are nurtured at Nottingham. The institute is one of the leading centres in Europe for the development of enterprise skills in the next generation of entrepreneurs and helps hundreds of students every year – at undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA level – to develop the entrepreneurial skills that will enable them to thrive as business leaders.
Practical business services are on offer through the EnterpriseLab, which provides entrepreneurial students with business advice and mentoring, help with planning, and surgeries on finance, marketing, intellectual property, taxation, and funding. It also offers free shared office space and allows students to use the EnterpriseLab address for their business
An Entrepreneurial University
The University of Nottingham was the first ever recipient of the Times Higher Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award in 2008. The judges praised the ‘breadth and depth’ of Nottingham’s entrepreneurial activity and said the University was ‘committed to nurturing the most enterprising and globally-minded graduates in British higher education’.