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I’m Head of Programme for Ingenuity, a national challenge-led innovation programme which creates new impact-driven businesses that can transform society and protect the planet.
Born in Nottingham in 2016, Ingenuity is now a collective of over 20 UK universities (including University of Bristol and UWE) in 4 regions, with a growing network of national charities, LEPs and corporate organisations. More information about our history and impact is in the attached ‘Ingenuity snapshot’ document.
I’m getting in touch as we are currently recruiting members of the public, and in particular those from low-income households or with lived experience of issues such as poverty, poor housing, health issues, disabilities, isolation and climate change, to join the upcoming Spring 2021 programme. We are looking for individuals from in and around Bristol who would like to join the programme, either to set up their own impact-driven business, or to help co-design and co-create a new business idea with our participants.
We already have a proven track record of successful and impactful community outreach in Nottingham, having worked with members of our local community to create over 30 new social enterprises and CICs last year alone. We are also doing some work with football clubs and housing associations in the region to help ensure the new businesses created are successfully embedded into our communities following the end of the programme.
Please could you share the attached e-flyer and any relevant copy with individuals or community networks that you think may benefit from being part of the programme? Alternatively, do feel free to send the list of organisations through to me and I am happy to contact them directly.
We are also looking for community development and business experts to join us for a ½ mentoring session on 15, 16, 17 or 18th March. Here, mentors will be working with a group of young people to help test and validate their business ideas and planned impact. We would be delighted to have you, and any relevant colleagues, join us for one of these sessions. If you are interested, let me know and I can send some more details through.
Head of Programme and East Midlands LeadAttached docs: