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 benefited from working with The University of Nottingham. This month our featured member is Christopher Nankervis of Weather Logistics.
Christopher is the founder and CEO of Weather Logistics, a company that specialises in short-range climate prediction. Their seasonal forecasts provide local and unique insights into the range of weather to expect over the next 1 – 5 months.
Weather Logistics delivers advanced warnings to mitigate the risks to food security associated with seasonal climate variability. Their work has also included flood risk mapping for Standard & Poor’s, and ongoing R&D to ensure energy security during extreme winter cold.
Christopher explained how the Ingenuity Network has worked as a gateway for engagement with several parts of the University of Nottingham, all of which have helped him to grow his business:
“I first connected with the Ingenuity Network at one of their business breakfasts. The relaxed atmosphere and mix of attendees made it a great place to share business experiences. One of the members, an experienced managing director, followed up with some invaluable business coaching and mentoring.
Steve Upcraft and the SME engagement team put me in touch with the postgraduate placements manager at the University. They helped to set up a placement that provided a postgraduate student to deliver business support for a development project during summer 2016. Our business is now part of the ‘Space-Tec’ incubation programme located in the Ingenuity Centre. This has proven a great boost for the business development and PR.
Establishing an office at The University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP) has given us a lot of credibility. As the company offers professional products and services, its association with the University and an incubation programme has helped attract interest from the local news and BBC Radio Nottingham. Geospatial consultancy support has also been gained to assist in the successful completion of an application launch with a USA partner company. This accelerated the pace of product development for a late-2016 launch.
Our 12-month tenancy at the University has provided access to campus facilities and meeting space for visiting clients. As a member of UNIP, I’ve benefited from regular networking opportunities. Weather Logistics is also proud to be part of a series of 5-minute videos to promote our business activities to the wider space sector.
“The Ingenuity Network has provided a great stimulus to our business, through ongoing support and engagement with business and academic specialists at the University of Nottingham.
University networking is the best way for anyone with a good business idea, start-up or small business to access a variety of expert support and knowledge.”
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