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What is Ingenuity?

A forum of world-changing ideas. A development programme.  And a prestigious business competition.  All in one.

Ingenuity19 is designed to discover and support a generation of social and commercial innovators in the UK and beyond.

Split into three stages, Inspire, Develop and Compete, Ingenuity19 will see the University of Nottingham collaborate with our city, establish its civic agenda, and invest in its ability to work with Nottingham’s businesses and communities to transform the future of our city.

Participants will gain the knowledge and insight to come up with creative, sustainable and inclusive solutions that other cities can follow.

Transforming our future

This year, we’re focusing on two major issues

Future Communities Summit

Future Technology Summit




Open to the public

For the first time, we are open to the public and looking for future leaders from across the city. This includes everyone from the student community, to Nottingham’s biggest businesses, as well as those from the public and third sectors.

£150k prizes plus investment

After being inspired and developed, you will pitch your idea for the chance to compete….for your future enterprise. There will also be an opportunity to pitch your idea in front of social and commercial investors from across the UK.



Think global, act local

Focusing on Nottingham isn’t just to benefit our local area, because while we act local, we think global. By highlighting issues on a city scale, participants are able to discover achievable solutions. This year, we’ll help foster social and commercial answers to two of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals – Goal 1: No Poverty, and Goal 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure.


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Here’s what to expect…

  • 2 inspirational weekend summits
  • 4 idea generation events
  • 6 week enterprise skills programme
  • 22+ keynote speakers
  • Over 50 hours of skills and training
  • Over £150,000 prize fund



The Ingenuity Lab

Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The University of Nottingham
C16, The Ingenuity Centre
Jubilee Campus
+44 (0) 115 951 5493