Since it was established 10 years ago, The Ingenuity Network has grown into a thriving community of over 1800 individuals. Here, we’ll be featuring examples of how some of those individuals have benefitted from working with The University of Nottingham. This month our featured member is Neil Stentiford.
In 2008, and faced with a chronic health condition, Neil Stentiford was looking for helpful new technologies at the forefront of medical research. In Germany, he discovered Oxygen Energy Therapy, which seemed to offer a solution, but at this time the technology had limited use and the machines were bulky, requiring the user to be hooked up with a mask or cannula. Neil realised he could bring this technology to people in a much more user-friendly way, so he put in place a team to explore ways to make the technology smaller and suitable for home use, at an affordable price. The SoeMac was born: an innovative, non-invasive alternative Oxygen Energy Therapy treatment for people with sleep and energy deficiencies. The device is now helping people with breathing disorders such as COPD, Emphysema and Asthma as well as those with fatigue deficiencies such as ME, CFS, Fibromyalgia or experiencing a shortage of oxygen.
Neil has been a member of The Ingenuity Network for 3 years. During that period, he has worked with various staff and academics from across the University whose expertise have helped to advance his business. Neil says:
“The University has a wealth of knowledge, expertise, contacts and capacity. A small business owner has great ideas, energy, passion and drive, but lacks certain resources such as specific expertise, money and manpower. These are all potentially available to access within the University.
By attending the regular Ingenuity breakfast events, SOE has established a network of contacts that has led us into predictable and unpredictable places! From these introductions, we have undertaken a number of funded projects with the University, including: materials analysis, product redesign, electrical engineering expertise, a postgraduate intern specialising in Autism and an introduction by the University’s Asia Business Centre to a Chinese distributor.
We’ve attended various free seminars and courses at the University such as The Business of Stories and Strategic Social Media Marketing. Plus, we’ve also benefitted from introductions to other organisations like Next Business Generation, Nottingham Trent University and The Queens Medical Centre.
The University is an excellent resource and I would encourage more of what they are doing, as it is a win/win for both the university and the business owner. If I have a particular need, The Ingenuity Network provides a great starting point and lead into the appropriate contact.”
For more information on the SoeMac, visit the website.
If you’d like to find out more about how your business could benefit from working with The University of Nottingham, why not join The Ingenuity Network or contact us.