Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Universitas 21 The Global Ingenuity Challenge Competition

The innovative Universitas 21 Global Ingenuity Challenge (U21 GIC) was launched in February 2015. This online competition challenges teams of undergraduate students to come-up with solutions to real-life issues.

In its third year, the breadth and quality of their work was outstanding and proves once more that creativity and entrepreneurship can be taught and learned.

Paul Kirkham | Senior Researcher (Entrepreneurial Creativity)


The Winners of U21 GIC 2017


This was an amazing experience for all of us. We are all from five different countries and cultures and we met each other for the first time.

It was enjoyable to work in such a diverse team, and learn, from experience, about the great value of cultural awarenes.

Darinka Burovska | (MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management), YOCO

2017 video pitch entries

First prize (joint)

University of Amsterdam – Unify

University of Nottingham – YOCO

Second prize University College Dublin – Roots before Branches
Third prize University of Birmingham – Community Connect
Peers’ Choice Award  University of Nottingham – YOCO


Every U21 GIC is themed and this year's theme is ‘Promoting Cultural Inclusiveness in Society’. Students are asked to reflect on how they can be a force for change (on campus and beyond) through promoting a culturally inclusive environment and in supporting diversity.

Teams based in seven different countries used The University of Nottingham’s online creative problem solving tool, Ingenuity Online, to break down the problem and develop innovative and scalable solutions. Teams submitted a short video outlining their solutions to a judging panel and all their ideas will be showcased at the U21 Chile summit and offered support to accelerate their development.

How to apply

Each individual member university coordinates team participation.

Students interested in being considered for a place in their university's teams should contact their International Office (or equivalent) for further information on how to apply.



Key Dates
15 February 2017 Application deadline
17 February – 3 March 2017 All facilitators (members of University staff) will be provided with access to Ingenuity OnLine (IOL) platform, along with supporting materials.
6 – 31 March 2017 Student teams will work on the challenge over a two-week time slot within this four-week period. The team’s facilitator will upload the 3-minute video pitch (videos longer than 3 minutes will be disqualified) at the end of the two-week period.
3 – 28 April 2017

Judging panel (comprising senior U21 members and representatives from the business community) will choose the best solution and video pitch.

The Peer’s Choice Award will also be determined during this time.

For more information, please visit U21 Global Ingenuity Challenge website. 

Ingenuity in action

How do you solve problems? We asked some people in the street about their approach to problem solving.


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