Ingenuity Competition 2023

Are you up for a challenge? The Ingenuity Programme is a partnership between universities, large businesses, SMEs and public and third sector organisations and they are looking to invest in bold new business ideas that can create the biggest impact across the UK.

Ingenuity is an enterprise competition hosted by the University of Nottingham

How does it work?

Come up with business solutions posed by the key issues faced by the world today. Bring your big ideas and compete for a chance to secure business investment and industry expertise to help turn your idea into a reality. 

The 2023 Ingenuity Programme focuses on three key challenges:

  • Building stronger communities
  • Improving health
  • Tackling climate change

Within these challenges, you are asked to support ideas that promote sustainable ways of living and tackle the ongoing cost of living crisis and growing health inequalities, which disproportionately impact the lives of the UK’s deprived, underserved, and under-represented groups. 

Find out full details about the programme by visiting the Ingenuity Programme website here.


The winners of the following prizes will be announced at the National Ingenuity Showcase on Friday 16 June 2023.

  • Impact Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Communities Champion
  • Health Champion
  • Climate Change Champion
  • Regional Champions

The 2022-23 programme also includes in-kind support packages from a range of professional service providers.


The Ingenuity Programme runs from October 2022 to June 2023 and consists of three key segments.  

First, the skills and training section will help you develop your idea, build a business plan and prepare for launch. Our Ingenuity Skills Hub will provide tutorials to help turn your idea into a business that creates impact and prepare you to pitch for funding.  

The Ingenuity Competition will run from April to June, as you develop your pitch with help from experienced mentors and present your idea to expert judging panels.  

The National Ingenuity Showcase, on Friday 16 June, will reveal the top ideas for each region and crown our national challenge champions and entrepreneur of the year. 

Support from your university enterprise team

If you have any questions about the programme or need additional support for your idea, visit the B-Enterprising homepage or contact us by email at


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